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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


Penetration testing is an important practice that allows cybersecurity professionals to assess the security of environments by adopting the hacker mind-set. By thinking like an attacker, testers are able to identify weaknesses in the organization’s security infrastructure and potential gaps that may lead to future security breaches.

The CompTIA penetration testing process includes four phases: Planning and Coping, Information Gathering and Vulnerability Identification, Attacking and Exploiting, and Reporting and Communicating Results. Penetration testers follow each of these phases to ensure that they have a well-designed test that operates using agreed-upon rules of engagement.

Penetration testers use a wide variety of tools to assist in their work. These are many of the same tools used by cybersecurity professionals, hackers, network engineers, system administrators, and software developers. Tools assist with all stages of the penetration testing process, especially information...