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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
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Chapter 2. Advanced Reconnaissance Techniques

Actionable information is the key to success when performing a penetration test. The amount of public data that is available on the Internet is staggering, and sifting through it all to find useful information can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are tools available that assist in gathering and sorting through this wealth of knowledge. In this chapter, we will be reviewing some of these tools and will focus on how to use the information to ensure your penetration tests are efficient, focused, and effective. Key topics covered include:

  • What is reconnaissance and why do we need it

  • Reconnaissance types

  • Using DNS to quickly identify potential targets

  • Using search engines data

  • Using metadata to your advantage


Throughout this chapter we will use the domain names,, and which are owned and maintained by IANA. DO NOT USE THESE FOR PRACTICE PURPOSES.

These domain names are used as a representation of a domain that you...