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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

Understanding Compliance-Based Assessments

Laws and regulations like HIPAA, FERPA, SOX, GLBA, and PCI DSS all have compliance requirements that covered organizations have to meet. That means that compliance-based assessments can bring their own set of special requirements beyond what a typical penetration test or security assessment may involve.

The PenTest+ exam specifically targets a few potential limitations and caveats related to compliance assessments, including these:

  • The rules to complete assessments that are set by the compliance standard. The PCI DSS standard provides examples of this, including its definition of what a cardholder data environment (CDE) penetration test should include: the entire external, public-facing perimeter as well as the LAN-to-LAN attack surfaces. Fortunately, PCI DSS provides specific guidance for penetration testing at https://www
  • Password policies, which are important...