Training Tomorrow's Cyber Security Experts in the Art of Computer Exploitation, Penetration Testing, Reverse Engineering, Information Assurance, and Research and Development.


The Art of Exploitation (AoE) curriculum provides focused training to aspiring cyber experts. Students will learn and experience offensive Computer Network Operations (CNO) in a safe and reliable environment. AoE allows students to choose a field of study that will build on and advance the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their chosen career paths.

Brief History

AoE was created in 2006 by Solvern Innovations, a small organization that understood the need for hands-on operational training in the field of Computer Network Operations. In November of 2009, Solvern joined TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, and became TCS Cyber Intelligence Group. Our curriculum and team of experts continue to grow and evolve along with the demand for cyber security training.

Our Mission

Provide essential, comprehensive cyber security training that is respected, relevant, and student focused.

Benefits of AoE

Earn College Credit

The American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for eight of the AoE courses:

  • Assembly Fundamentals – Five-day course; focus on assembly-level access to processors and storage
  • Bootcamp Edition – Nine-day course; 40+ labs; basic tactics of penetration testing and exploitation
  • Developers Edition I – Five-day course; technologies and techniques impacting Windows development
  • Developers Edition III – Five-day course; analysis of software vulnerabilities
  • Mobile Devices Forensics – Four-day course; forensic methodology of mobile technologies and operating systems
  • Snort Fundamentals – Three-day course; focus on Snort intrusion and detection systems
  • Wireless Edition – Five-day course; WiFi security analysis and penetration testing
  • Wiretap Edition – Four-day course; network cyber analysis, regardless of data packet type

ACE CREDIT helps adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs. As a result of the recommendations for the AoE courses, students completing any of these could receive two to three semester hours of academic credit toward a degree.

ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation's higher education institutions and seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at www.acenet.edu/credit

Performance Based Learning

Student’s retention and application of skills learned will be tested in a simulated real-time environment.

Performance Based Testing

PerfrmanScore Logo In order to assess whether a student is meeting specific skills contained in course learning objectives, AoE has integrated PerformanScore™, a learning and development tool used to measure and validate cyber skills and abilities against job role competencies. This will enhance the professional feedback for students who want to identify areas of skill improvement and to confirm levels of achievement.

Methods of Delivery

State of the Art Facility

Equipped with over 10 training rooms, our state-of-the-art learning facility, with its flexible design, can accommodate varying class sizes, up to 200 personnel.

AoE Coast 2 Coast

In an effort to accommodate our students, AoE also offers the option of on-site training. We will bring our classroom and experts to you!

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Industry Certification

Certified Ethical Hacker

Our flagship course, AoE Bootcamp Edition, is now recognized as an official training program for EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification, which is ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accredited.


Completion of our AoE Bootcamp Edition course will earn you 72 of the 120 CPE hours needed to maintain your CISSP certification.

8570 Compliance

Compliance with DoD 8570.01-M can be achieved through completion of the AoE Bootcamp Edition course and subsequent awarding of CEH certification.

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