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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
About the Reviewers

The walkthrough

Hopefully, you have been able to complete your testing before reading this portion of the chapter. It will contain examples and at least one method of accomplishing the goal we have set which is to breach the security of the virtual NewAlts Development Lab running on our own network or machine. If your documentation or methodology to obtain the initial goal is different than that described within, it does not mean it is wrong, just different. With practice, penetration testers will develop their own methods which are tailored to their skill set and knowledgebase.


There may be other methods to reach our goal than those described in this chapter. The goal of the chapter is to give an example of a penetration testing workflow from start to finish. If you find other methods of obtaining root on the Kioptrix machine in the CORE network, congratulations are due! That is what penetration testing is all about!

Defining the scope

The scope of this particular test can be clearly...