These were the slides used in in my presentation at BSidesLV on July 31, 2013.
Interested in building your own pen test training lab but lack the hardware or software to roll your own? One option is to go the way that most companies are doing these days and build your own “infrastructure” in the cloud. Not only do you get the cloud benefits of only paying what you use and the ability to expand when needed but you also get a range of licensed victim servers to choose from. This talk covers the basics of Amazon’s EC2 cloud infrastructure (e.g., EC2, VPC, basic network and routing, Elastic IPs, Security Groups, VPNs, and Snapshots) and step-by-step instructions on configuring this infrastrucutre to build your own isolated test network complete with licensed victim servers or customized AMIs.