Penetration Testing Fundamentals A Hands-On Guide to Reliable Security Audits

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-03-08
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification

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The perfect introduction to pen testing for all IT professionals and students

·         Clearly explains key concepts, terminology, challenges, tools, and skills

·         Covers the latest penetration testing standards from NSA, PCI, and NIST

Welcome to today’s most useful and practical introduction to penetration testing. Chuck Easttom brings together up-to-the-minute coverage of all the concepts, terminology, challenges, and skills you’ll need to be effective.

Drawing on decades of experience in cybersecurity and related IT fields, Easttom integrates theory and practice, covering the entire penetration testing life cycle from planning to reporting.

You’ll gain practical experience through a start-to-finish sample project relying on free open source tools. Throughout, quizzes, projects, and review sections deepen your understanding and help you apply what you’ve learned.

Including essential pen testing standards from NSA, PCI, and NIST, Penetration Testing Fundamentals will help you protect your assets–and expand your career options.


·         Understand what pen testing is and how it’s used

·         Meet modern standards for comprehensive and effective testing

·         Review cryptography essentials every pen tester must know

·         Perform reconnaissance with Nmap, Google searches, and ShodanHq

·         Use malware as part of your pen testing toolkit

·         Test for vulnerabilities in Windows shares, scripts, WMI, and the Registry

·         Pen test websites and web communication

·         Recognize SQL injection and cross-site scripting attacks

·         Scan for vulnerabilities with OWASP ZAP, Vega, Nessus, and MBSA

·         Identify Linux vulnerabilities and password cracks

·         Use Kali Linux for advanced pen testing

·         Apply general hacking technique ssuch as fake Wi-Fi hotspots and social engineering

·         Systematically test your environment with Metasploit

·         Write or customize sophisticated Metasploit exploits


Author Biography

Chuck Easttom has been in the IT industry for well over 25 years and cybersecurity for over 15. He has over 40 industry certifications, and has authored 24 other books. He is also an inventor with 13 patents. Chuck is a frequent speaker at various security conferences including Defcon, ISC2 Security Congress, Secure World, and many others. He also has authored a number of papers on security-related topics including malware development, penetration testing, and hacking techniques. He also has hands-on experience consulting on cyber security issues and conducting penetration tests.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Penetration Testing
2. Standards
3. Cryptography
4. Reconnaissance
5. Malware
6. Hacking Windows
7. Web Hacking
8. Vulnerability Scanning
9. Introduction To Linux
10. Linux Hacking
11. Introduction to Kali Linux
12. General Techniques
13. Introduction to Metasploit
14. More with Metasploit
15. Introduction to Scripting with Ruby
16. Write Your Own Metasploit Exploits with Ruby
17. General Hacking Knowledge
18. Additional Pen Testing Topics
19. A Sample Pen Test Project

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