4 Days


Employees of federal, state and local governments; and businesses working with the government.
This course is tailored specifically for Security Analysts and others new to Python, who wish to learn and use Python functionality for security-related tasks such as log manipulation or forensics. Students are required to have some basic programming experience and exposure prior to attending this course. Students should have basic development experience in any programming language, along with a working, user-level knowledge of Unix/Linux, Mac, or Windows.

Course Overview:

Geared for experienced security professionals, this class is an introductory, practical, hands-on Python training course that leads the student from the basics of writing and running Python scripts to more advanced features such as file operations, regular expressions, working with binary data, and using the extensive functionality of Python modules. Extra emphasis is placed on features unique to Python, such as tuples, array slices, and output formatting.
This course is tailored specifically for Security Analysts and others who wish to use Python functionality for security-related tasks such as log manipulation or forensics. This course is essential for security professionals that are performing security reviews and audits of Python applications or are supporting development teams in implementing better defenses in Python.

What You’ll Learn:

Skills-Focused, Hands-on Learning: This course is about 50% hands-on lab to 50% lecture ratio, combining engaging instructor presentations, demonstrations and discussions with extensive machine-based student labs and practical project work. Although the course is introductory in nature, it will increase in complexity as more sophisticated skills and techniques are introduced. Students can rely on our highly experienced instructors to provide informed, relatable, ‘real-world’ answers to their questions. Working within in an engaging, hands-on learning environment, attendees will learn to use Python to:

  • Create working Python scripts following best practices
  • Use python data types appropriately
  • Read and write files with both text and binary data
  • Search and replace text with regular expressions
  • Get familiar with the standard library and its work-saving modules
  • Use lesser known but powerful Python data types
  • Create “real-world”, professional Python applications
  • Work with dates, times, and calendars
  • Know when to use collections such as lists, dictionaries, and sets
  • Understand Pythonic features such as comprehensions and iterators
  • Write robust code using exception handling
  • Optional: Working with RESTful Services

Course Outline:

Session 1: An Overview of Python
Session 2: The Python Environment
Session 3: Getting Started
Session 4: Flow Control
Session 5: Sequences
Session 6: Working with files
Session 7: Dictionaries and Sets
Session 8: Functions
Session 9: Sorting
Session 10: Errors and Exception Handling
Session 11: Modules and Packages
Session 12: Classes
Session 13: Regular Expressions
Session 14: The standard library
Session 15: Dates and times
Session 16: Working with the file system
Session 17: Network services
Session 18: Writing secure Python applications
Session 19: Log File Analysis
Session 20: Security Filters
Session 21: Packet Analysis
Session 22: Analytics