Ops 101: Explore Ethical Hacking & Cybersecurity Careers

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Want to learn to out-hack the hackers? Start here! In this one-day workshop, you will get hands-on practice with the tools and techniques of penetration testers and ethical hackers. Learn how AI tools can aid your learning journey, and are used in the industry. Get a taste of the Code Fellows cybersecurity program, learn how to find and exploit computer systems, and explore cybersecurity career pathways.

Ops 101 is about experiencing what cybersecurity is all about, through a day-long immersive course for beginners that focuses on hands-on usage of the tools and techniques of ethical hackers. The only technical skill required to take the course is basic computer use familiarity.

Get a taste of the all-new Code Fellows Cyber Ops program, learn how systems are exploited, so you know how to defend them.


In this workshop, you will:

  • Embrace the power of modern AI tools and gain experience in using them as a problem solving ally, research assistant, and productivity enhancer.
  • Get to try out hacking techniques for yourself in a safe “cyber range”.
  • Discover how attackers find weaknesses and attack them.
  • Learn to think like a cybercriminal, using tools like social engineering, cryptography, and brute-force attacks.
  • Research and report on real-world exploits.
  • Explore career pathways to in-demand jobs in pen-testing and cybersecurity.


  • General familiarity with using a computer
  • Comfort with web applications like Facebook, Google Docs, or Outlook
  • Recommended typing speed of 30 words per minute


What is a hacker?

  • What separates the good from the bad
  • Case studies in modern cybersecurity

How do hackers exploit systems?

  • Hands-on practice with finding vulnerabilities
  • Team based exercises in building and using hacking skills

What does a career in cybersecurity look like?

  • Career paths
  • Certifications
  • Continuous education

Material Requirements

You are required to attend with your own laptop with the Chrome web browser installed, or a Chromebook. Your computer should allow you to participate in the Zoom call, while simultaneously using Chrome for accessing resources online.


Punctuality, participation in discussions, completion of assignments, and demonstration of professional courtesy to others are required, in accordance with our Code of Conduct. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of the workshop. Passing requires attendance at the full workshop.

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