CompTIA PenTest+

Course Description

CompTIA PenTest+ is for cybersecurity professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management. After completing this course, you will be able to plan, conduct, analyze, and report on penetration tests, including the ability to… Plan and scope penetration tests Conduct passive reconnaissance Perform non-technical tests to gather information Conductive active reconnaissance Analyze vulnerabilities Penetrate networks Exploit host-based vulnerabilities Test applications Complete post-exploit tasks Analyze and report pen test results

Audience Profile

This course is designed for IT professionals who want to develop penetration testing skills to enable them to identify information-system vulnerabilities and effective remediation techniques for those vulnerabilities. Target students who also need to offer practical recommendations for action to properly protect information systems and their contents will derive those skills from this course. This course is also designed for individuals who are preparing to take the CompTIA PenTest+ certification exam PT0-001, or who plan to use PenTest+ as the foundation for more advanced security certifications or career roles. Individuals seeking this certification should have three to four years of hands-on experience performing penetration tests, vulnerability assessments, and vulnerability management.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will learn to plan, conduct, analyze, and report on penetration tests, including the ability to:

  • Plan and scope penetration tests
  • Conduct passive reconnaissance
  • Perform non-technical tests to gather information
  • Conductive active reconnaissance
  • Analyze vulnerabilities
  • Penetrate networks
  • Exploit host-based vulnerabilities
  • Test applications Complete post-exploit tasks
  • Analyze and report pen test results

Prerequisites

To ensure your success in this course, you should have: Intermediate knowledge of information security concepts, including but not limited to identity and access management (IAM), cryptographic concepts and implementations, computer networking concepts and implementations, and common security technologies. Practical experience in securing various computing environments, including small to medium businesses, as well as enterprise environments. You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the CompTIA Security+ Certification course or by obtaining the appropriate industry certification.

Course Outline

1 – PLANNING AND SCOPING PENETRATION TESTS

  • Introduction to Penetration Testing Concepts
  • Plan a Pen Test Engagement Scope and Negotiate a Pen Test Engagement
  • Prepare for a Pen Test Engagement

2 – CONDUCTING PASSIVE RECONNAISSANCE

  • Gather Background Information
  • Prepare Background Findings for Next Steps

3 – PERFORMING NON-TECHNICAL TESTS

  • Perform Social Engineering Tests
  • Perform Physical Security Tests on Facilities

4 – CONDUCTING ACTIVE RECONNAISSANCE

  • Scan Networks
  • Enumerate Targets
  • Scan for Vulnerabilities
  • Analyze Basic Scripts

5 – ANALYZING VULNERABILITIES

  • Analyze Vulnerability
  • Scan Results
  • Leverage Information to Prepare for Exploitation

6 – PENETRATING NETWORKS

  • Exploit Network-Based Vulnerabilities
  • Exploit Wireless and RF-Based Vulnerabilities
  • Exploit Specialized Systems

7 – EXPLOITING HOST-BASED VULNERABILITIES

  • Exploit Windows-Based Vulnerabilities
  • Exploit *nix-Based Vulnerabilities

8 – TESTING APPLICATIONS

  • Exploit Web Application Vulnerabilities
  • Test Source Code and Compiled Apps

9 – COMPLETING POST-EXPLOIT TASKS

  • Use Lateral Movement Techniques
  • Use Persistence Techniques
  • Use Anti-Forensics Techniques

10 – ANALYZING AND REPORTING PEN TEST RESULTS

  • Analyze Pen Test Data
  • Develop Recommendations for Mitigation Strategies
  • Write and Handle Reports
  • Conduct Post-Report-Delivery Activities

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