Grand Idea Studio

Hardware Hacking Training


Joe Grand’s hardware hacking training courses teach the concepts and techniques used to explore, manipulate, and exploit electronic systems.

The two-day Hardware Hacking Basics class covers the fundamentals of hardware hacking, including product teardown, component identification, circuit board reverse engineering, soldering and desoldering, signal monitoring and analysis, and memory extraction. It concludes with a final challenge where you’ll identify and defeat the security mechanism of a custom electronic system. No prior hardware, electronics, or security experience is required.

Additional one-day workshops are available that provide more detail into specific attack vectors.

Please visit the Events page for currently scheduled public classes. If you are interested in a private, on-site session for your organization, please contact us.


Additional Resources:


  • Understand the hardware hacking process, mindset, and purpose
  • Hands-on experience with useful and relevant techniques
  • Confidence to apply learned skills to electronic systems outside the classroom

Course Materials:

  • Grand Idea Studio’s custom training circuit board (one for each student to keep)
  • Lecture slides (in electronic format)
  • Hardware hacking reference material and software tools (in electronic format)
  • Hardware hacking equipment, including soldering iron, multimeter, logic analyzer, and device programmer

What To Bring:

    Students must provide their own laptop running Windows (within a virtual machine is OK, administrator access required) and containing at least one USB Type A receptacle (adapters not recommended). Upon request, Grand Idea Studio can provide rental laptops pre-loaded with the necessary software and drivers.

Selected Reviews:

“Awesome! Course was an excellent mix of ground concepts, high level materials, and advanced concepts and attacks. Tons of hands on mixed with a fun and interesting lecture. Loved it.” – Anonymous

“Tremendous training. Joe definitely knows his stuff and put together an entertaining and challenging course.” – Anonymous

“Outstanding course. Joe was a great instructor and made the course very friendly, informative and enjoyable!” – Anonymous

“Joe Grand’s passion, enthusiasm, and command of the class is inspiring in itself.” – Anonymous

“This was one of the best training classes I have ever been to. The instructor’s emphasis on design philosophies and systematic deconstruction provided me with a clear hacking flowchart.” – Anonymous


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