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CompTIA PenTest+ Study Guide

By : Mike Chapple, David Seidl
Book Image

CompTIA PenTest+ Study Guide

By: Mike Chapple, David Seidl

Overview of this book

The CompTIA PenTest+ Study Guide: Exam PT0-001 offers comprehensive preparation for the newest intermediate cybersecurity certification exam. With expert coverage of Exam PT0-001 objectives, this book is your ideal companion throughout all stages of study; whether you’re just embarking on your certification journey or finalizing preparations for the big day, this invaluable resource helps you solidify your understanding of essential skills and concepts. The book shows how to perform security assessments on desktops, mobile devices, cloud, IoT, as well as industrial and embedded systems. You'll learn how to identify security weaknesses and manage system vulnerabilities. As you progress, you'll learn methods to ensure that existing cybersecurity practices, configurations, and policies conform with current best practices. You'll assess your knowledge by simulating cyber attacks to pinpoint security weaknesses in operating systems, networks, and applications. By the end of the book, you'll have all the resources you need to prepare for the exam - identify what you already know, learn what you don’t know, and face the exam with full confidence.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
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Once you have obtained a foothold by compromising a system and ensuring that you will have continued access, you can leverage that system to obtain a new perspective on the target network or systems. Using a compromised system can provide a new path into a network or help you identify new targets that were not visible from the original scan viewpoint.

Figure 6.14 shows an attacker pivoting once they have breached a vulnerable system inside an Internet-accessible DMZ. The attacker may have discovered a vulnerable web service or another front-facing, exploitable vulnerability. Once they have compromised a server in the DMZ, they can scan systems that were not previously visible through the multiple layers of firewalls that the example organization has put into place. Note that in this case, both additional DMZ servers and workstations in the internal work are accessible. The same techniques discussed in prior chapters of this book would then be leveraged to conduct information...