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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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About the Authors
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Exam Essentials

Understand how to review vulnerabilities and exploits. A vulnerability scan can provide a long list of potential vulnerabilities, but not every vulnerability has a usable or viable exploit. Penetration testers need to know how to assess which vulnerabilities are most exploitable and which exploits are most likely to succeed against a given target. Vulnerability databases, exploit databases, and the exploit packages built into tools like Metasploit are all part of the assessment process.

Use Metasploit and other common tools. Metasploit, including its components, such as Meterpreter, is a critical tool for most penetration testers. You should be able to search for exploits, select appropriate exploits based on vulnerabilities, and choose payloads that will best suit the needs of your penetration testing engagement. In addition, you should be familiar with the post-exploit options and capabilities that Meterpreter and other Metasploit packages can provide.

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