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Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing - Third Edition

By : Vijay Kumar Velu, Robert Beggs
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Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing - Third Edition

By: Vijay Kumar Velu, Robert Beggs

Overview of this book

This book takes you, as a tester or security practitioner, through the reconnaissance, vulnerability assessment, exploitation, privilege escalation, and post-exploitation activities used by pentesters. To start with, you'll use a laboratory environment to validate tools and techniques, along with an application that supports a collaborative approach for pentesting. You'll then progress to passive reconnaissance with open source intelligence and active reconnaissance of the external and internal infrastructure. You'll also focus on how to select, use, customize, and interpret the results from different vulnerability scanners, followed by examining specific routes to the target, which include bypassing physical security and the exfiltration of data using a variety of techniques. You'll discover concepts such as social engineering, attacking wireless networks, web services, and embedded devices. Once you are confident with these topics, you'll learn the practical aspects of attacking user client systems by backdooring with fileless techniques, followed by focusing on the most vulnerable part of the network – directly attacking the end user. By the end of this book, you'll have explored approaches for carrying out advanced pentesting in tightly secured environments, understood pentesting and hacking techniques employed on embedded peripheral devices.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page
Dedication
About Packt
Contributors
Preface
Index

Contributors

About the author

Vijay Kumar Velu is a passionate information security practitioner, author, speaker, investor, and blogger. He has more than 12 years of IT industry experience, is a licensed penetration tester, and is specialized in providing technical solutions to a variety of cyber problems, ranging from simple security configuration reviews to cyber threat intelligence. Vijay holds multiple security qualifications, including CEH, ECSA, and CHFI. He has authored a couple of books on penetration testing: Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing – Second Edition, and Mobile Application Penetration Testing. For the community, Vijay serves as chair member in NCDRC, India. Out of work, he enjoys playing music and doing charity work.

 

 

 

 

Robert Beggs is the founder and CEO of DigitalDefence, a Canadian-focused company that specializes in preventing and responding to information security incidents. Robert is a security practitioner with more than 15 years of experience. He has been responsible for the technical leadership and project management of more than 300 consulting engagements, including policy development and review, standards compliance, penetration testing of wired and wireless networks, third party security assessments, incident response and data forensics, and other consulting projects. Previously, he provided security services for a major Canadian financial institution and Netigy, a global network and security infrastructure firm based in San Jose.

About the reviewer

Kunal Sehgal has been heading critical cyber security roles for financial organizations for over 15 years now. He is an avid blogger and a regular speaker on cyber-related topics across Asia. He also holds a bachelor's degree in computer applications from Panjab University, and a post-graduate diploma from Georgian College in cyber space security. He has numerous cyber certifications, including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Tenable Certified Nessus Auditor (TCNA), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), and CompTIA Security+.

 

 

 

 

 

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