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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.
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Once a penetration tester has gathered vulnerability information about a target, the next step is to map those vulnerabilities to potential exploits. Vulnerability and exploit databases both allow penetration testers to match the vulnerabilities that they discover to exploits, while tools like Metasploit provide ratings for prebuilt exploit packages that allow testers to select the exploits that are most likely to succeed.

In addition to exploits, techniques like exploit chaining, which uses multiple steps to complete an exploit, are important for penetration testers to both understand and be able to use. Developing custom exploits can be challenging, but modifying or configuring exploits to fit the targets that you are facing can make the difference between a successful attack and a failed exploitation attempt.

In addition to technical exploitation techniques, penetration testers need to be aware of social engineering techniques like phishing, dumpster diving, in-person impersonation...