Reverse engineering the top skill professionals want to enhance

  • Reverse Engineering and malware analysis were the most popular Expert Training courses from Kaspersky this year.
  • Students spent 560 minutes on average in each training programme offered by the firm.
  • Students also spent an average of 20 hours in Kaspersky’s Virtual Lab analysing malware in a secure environment.

Cybercriminals are a wiley bunch and are constantly exploring new ways to take advantage of businesses and individuals. Whether it’s through the use of the emergence of artificial intelligence or adapting malware to be less prone to detection, the threats faced by cybersecurity professionals are constantly evolving.

It makes a degree of sense then that those in the cybersecurity space are fixated on understanding how malware is being developed through reverse engineering.

This is according to Kaspersky which has analysed data drawn from its Expert Training courses. These online courses are available to anybody who wants to improve their cybersecurity skill set with prices ranging from $890 per learner to $2 200 per learner.

In its analysis, Kaspersky noted that reverse engineering was the most in-demand skill from Expert Training participants for the second year running. On average, students spent 560 minutes in each training programme and a total of 4 000 collective minutes on courses focused on malware analysis and Yara (malware pattern detection) analysis.

The cybersecurity firm goes on to note that students spent an average of 20 hours in its Virtual Lab. This secure environment gives students the ability to enhance their practical skills in malware analysis and reverse engineering.

“Modern online courses emphasise short modules, breaking up long video courses into chunks to help students memorise large blocks of information sequentially. Typically, each lesson explains something specific and builds one skill. The goal is to repeat small pieces of complex information to gradually build a greater understanding of the studied topic. Kaspersky expert trainings are usually divided into 30-40 small videos to facilitate the learning process and enhance its efficiency,” Kaspersky explains.

The firm goes on to say that the Expert Training portal gives students the ability to not only learn where and when they want but also to engage with colleagues in other countries. Information sharing is vital to combatting cybercrime and being able to engage with other professionals is hugely valuable.

Reverse engineering has seemingly proven to be so popular Kaspersky launched Reverse Engineering 101 in March of this year to give newcomers who are interested in this topic a way to enter the space.

If you’re keen to dive into reverse engineering and have $890 for the course you can head to this link to learn more.


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