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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
Assessment Test
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Physical access to a penetration testing target provides a variety of options that aren’t available during remote network-based assessments. Access to wired networks, workstations, and even the ability to acquire information through dumpster diving (digging through the trash) makes onsite penetration testing a powerful tool.

Gaining access to physical facilities requires a distinct skill set. Techniques for physical access include picking and bypassing locks, cloning badges, triggering door sensors to allow access, and using in-person forms of social engineering that allow piggybacking through secured entrances. In-person access also allows the theft of passwords and codes via shoulder surfing—simply looking over a person’s shoulder as they type in their authentication information!

Social engineering is the process of using deception to manipulate individuals into performing desired actions or providing information. Penetration testers frequently use social...