AT608 - CompTIA PenTest+®

Security remains one of the hottest topics in IT and other industries. It seems that each week brings news of some new breach of privacy or security. As organizations scramble to protect themselves and their customers, the ability to conduct penetration testing is an emerging skill set that is becoming ever more valuable to the organizations seeking protection, and ever more lucrative for those who possess these skills. In this course, you will be introduced to some general concepts and methodologies related to pen testing, and you will work your way through a simulated pen test for a fictitious company.

This course can also assist you if you are pursuing the CompTIA PenTest+ certification, as tested in exam PT0-001. The course is designed to provide content and activities that correlate to the exam objectives, and therefore can be a resource as you prepare for the examination.

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To ensure your success in this course, you should have:
  • Intermediate knowledge of information security concepts, including but not limited to identity and access management (IAM), cryptographic concepts and implementations, computer networking concepts and implementations, and common security technologies.
  • Practical experience in securing various computing environments, including small to medium businesses, as well as enterprise environments.

You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the CompTIA® Security+® (Exam SY0-501) course or by obtaining the appropriate industry certification.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Lesson 1: Planning and Scoping Penetration Tests

Topic A: Introduction to Penetration Testing Concepts
Topic B: Plan a Pen Test Engagement
Topic C: Scope and Negotiate a Pen Test Engagement
Topic D: Prepare for a Pen Test Engagement

Lesson 2: Conducting Passive Reconnaissance

Topic A: Gather Background Information
Topic B: Prepare Background Findings for Next Steps

Lesson 3: Performing Non-Technical Tests

Topic A: Perform Social Engineering Tests
Topic B: Perform Physical Security Tests on Facilities

Lesson 4: Conducting Active Reconnaissance

Topic A: Scan Networks
Topic B: Enumerate Targets
Topic C: Scan for Vulnerabilities
Topic D: Analyze Basic Scripts

Lesson 5: Analyzing Vulnerabilities

Topic A: Analyze Vulnerability Scan Results
Topic B: Leverage Information to Prepare for Exploitation

Lesson 6: Penetrating Networks

Topic A: Exploit Network-Based Vulnerabilities
Topic B: Exploit Wireless and RF-Based Vulnerabilities
Topic C: Exploit Specialized Systems

Lesson 7: Exploiting Host-Based Vulnerabilities

Topic A: Exploit Windows-Based Vulnerabilities
Topic B: Exploit *nix-Based Vulnerabilities

Lesson 8: Testing Applications

Topic A: Exploit Web Application Vulnerabilities
Topic B: Test Source Code and Compiled Apps

Lesson 9: Completing Post-Exploit Tasks

Topic A: Use Lateral Movement Techniques
Topic B: Use Persistence Techniques
Topic C: Use Anti-Forensics Techniques

Lesson 10: Analyzing and Reporting Pen Test Results

Topic A: Analyze Pen Test Data
Topic B: Develop Recommendations for Mitigation Strategies
Topic C: Write and Handle Reports
Topic D: Conduct Post-Report-Delivery Activities