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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)
Free Chapter
About the Authors
Assessment Test
Answers to Assessment Test
End User License Agreement

Tools of the Trade

Penetration testers use a wide variety of tools as they conduct their testing. The specific tools chosen for each assessment will depend upon the background of the testers, the nature of the target environment, the rules of engagement, and many other factors.

The PenTest+ exam requires that candidates understand the purposes of a wide variety of tools. In fact, the official exam objectives include a listing of over 50 tools that you’ll need to understand before taking the exam. While you do need to be familiar with these tools, you don’t need to be an expert in their use. The official exam objective for these tools says that you must be able to “Compare and contrast various use cases of tools.” It then goes on to state that “The intent of this objective is NOT to test specific vendor feature sets.”

This guidance can be frustrating and confusing for test candidates. As you prepare for the exam, you should certainly understand...