Meet Cobalt Strike: Adaptive Pen TestingJune 14, 2012
If you’re reading this, you’re likely aware of the Armitage project. Fed by your enthusiasm and feedback, Armitage has enjoyed a rapid pace of development since its inception. I left a security engineer role one year ago to search out how to properly nurture this project and its ideas going forward. This search led to some exciting initiatives, one that I’m announcing, right now.
I’d like to introduce you to Armitage’s big brother: Cobalt Strike
Cobalt Strike is a penetration testing suite built for threat emulation. I say suite, because it’s not just software. It’s documentation, online training, and a set of tools to help you execute an adaptive penetration test.
Cobalt Strike adds client-side reconnaissance, spear phishing, web drive-by attacks, and reporting to Armitage’s red team collaboration and post-exploitation capabilities.
Now that you’ve met Cobalt Strike, here are the next steps:
1. Watch the Cobalt Strike trailer to get a taste of Cobalt Strike
Live Training at BlackHat USA
If you’re ready to add Adaptive Penetration Testing to your organization’s skill set, I recommend signing up for the BlackHat USA course run by the Veris Group. This course is a vendor neutral offering, but those who attend will have an opportunity to play with Cobalt Strike under the guidance of a seasoned instructor team.
The instructors David, Jason, and Chris are among the early adopters who helped shape this product.
And, what about Armitage?
Armitage, Cobalt Strike, and my security research initiatives are now under the banner of Strategic Cyber LLC. The formation of this company is an exciting opportunity. I can now work more formally with many of you and strengthen new and existing relationships.
Armitage will enjoy the same development pace and it will stay open source, always. Even better, I’m releasing something really big for Armitage at DEFCON 20.
I hope to see you there!
Principal, Strategic Cyber LLC
Bloggers and Journalists: More information about Strategic Cyber LLC and Cobalt Strike is available in our press kit.