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Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide

By : Lee Allen
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Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide

By: Lee Allen

Overview of this book

The internet security field has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. Everyday more people around the globe gain access to the internet and not all of them with good intentions. The need for penetration testers has grown now that the security industryhas had time to mature. Simply running a vulnerability scanner is a thing of the past and is no longer an effective method of determining a business's true security posture. Learn effective penetration testing skills so that you can effectively meet and manage the rapidly changing security needs of your company. Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments will teach you how to efficiently and effectively ensure the security posture of environments that have been secured using IDS/IPS, firewalls, network segmentation, hardened system configurations and more. The stages of a penetration test are clearly defined and addressed using step-by-step instructions that you can follow on your own virtual lab.The book follows the standard penetration testing stages from start to finish with step-by-step examples. The book thoroughly covers penetration test expectations, proper scoping and planning, as well as enumeration and footprinting. You'll learn how to clean up and compile proof of concept, exploit code from the web, advanced web application testing techniques, client side attacks, post exploitation strategies, detection avoidance methods, generation of well defined reports and metrics, and setting up a penetration testing virtual lab that mimics a secured environment. The book closes by issuing a challenge to your skills and ability to perform a full penetration test against a fictional corporation; followed by a detailed walk through of the solution.Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments is packed with detailed examples that reinforce enumeration, exploitation, post-exploitation, reporting skills and more.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide
About the Author
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The challenge

The lab has been set up, connections verified; it is time to put the information gained throughout the book to work. Challenge yourself to perform a full penetration test from start to finish on this environment. That includes the following items:

  • Determine the scope (the administrator only allows you to have two hours on his VPN).

  • Understand the reason why the client wants a penetration test. This is critical to being able to truly meet the user's needs. For some professions this is easy, but for penetration testers this is not always the case. Determine if your customer wants a penetration test or something more closely aligned with a general vulnerability analysis.

  • Rules of engagement documentation:

    • Use the provided information to create a practical rules of engagement document.

    • Determine and document the scope within the ROE.

    • Solidify any assumptions about the test within the ROE.

    • A clearly defined goal. What do you need to do to prove success? The days of simply showing a screenshot...