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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

Exam Essentials

Be able to explain the importance of planning and scoping engagements. Planning a penetration test requires understanding why the test is being conducted and who the target audience of the closeout report is. While the penetration test is being planned, important elements include the rules of engagement, communications and emergency escalation plans, requirements like confidentiality and resource availability, the overall budget for the assessment, and any technical or business constraints that are in place. The rules of engagement are one of the most critical parts of this planning and usually include the scope: what can and cannot be tested.

Understand target selection and target selection considerations. Target selection determines how much effort will be required to complete an assessment, how complex the assessment will be, and whether you will need third-party involvement or permissions to test systems that are not directly owned by the target of the penetration...