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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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Planning and scoping a penetration test is the first step for most penetration testing engagements. It is important to understand why the penetration test is being planned, and who the target audience of the final report will be. Along the way, you will define and document the rules of engagement, what type of assessment and what assessment strategy you will use, and what is in scope and out of scope.

Scoping an assessment defines both the targets you can and the targets you cannot test and any special limitations that should be observed, such as the time of day, business impact considerations, or defensive measures the target organization has in place. Scoping also addresses an organization’s risk acceptance and tolerance to the potential impact of a penetration test, as all tests have the potential to cause an outage or other service issue.

Penetration testers also need to know about the legal and contractual aspects of a penetration test. A contract or agreement to conduct...