CompTIA PenTest+ PT0-001 Cert Guide, 1st edition

  • Omar Santos, 
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Learn, prepare, and practice for CompTIA Pentest+ PT0-001 exam success with this CompTIA Cert Guide from Pearson IT Certification, a leader in IT Certification.

  • Master CompTIA Pentest+ PT0-001 exam topics
  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-ending quizzes
  • Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks
  • Practice with realistic exam questions
  • Get practical guidance for next steps and more advanced certifications

CompTIA Pentest+ Cert Guide is a best-of-breed exam study guide. Best-selling author Omar Santos and leading IT security expert Ron Taylor share preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

The book presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly. Review questions help you assess your knowledge, and a final preparation chapter guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your final study plan.

The companion website contains the powerful Pearson Test Prep practice test software, complete with 340 exam-realistic questions. The assessment engine offers you a wealth of customization options and reporting features, laying out a complete assessment of your knowledge to help you focus your study where it is needed most.

Well regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will allow you to succeed on the exam the first time.

The CompTIA study guide helps you master all the topics on the Pentest+ exam, including:

  • Planning and scoping: Explain the importance of proper planning and scoping, understand key legal concepts, explore key aspects of compliance-based assessments
  • Information gathering and vulnerability identification: Understand passive and active reconnaissance, conduct appropriate information gathering and use open source intelligence (OSINT); perform vulnerability scans; analyze results; explain how to leverage gathered information in exploitation; understand weaknesses of specialized systems
  • Attacks and exploits: Compare and contrast social engineering attacks; exploit network-based, wireless, RF-based, application-based, and local host vulnerabilities; summarize physical security attacks; perform post-exploitation techniques
  • Penetration testing tools: Use numerous tools to perform reconnaissance, exploit vulnerabilities and perform post-exploitation activities; leverage the Bash shell, Python, Ruby, and PowerShell for basic scripting
  • Reporting and communication: Write reports containing effective findings and recommendations for mitigation; master best practices for reporting and communication; perform post-engagement activities such as cleanup of tools or shells

Published by Pearson IT Certification (June 21st 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137459841

Subject: IT Certification

Category: CompTIA

Table of contents

    Introduction xxiii
Chapter 1 Introduction to Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 3
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 3
    Understanding Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 6
    Understanding the Current Threat Landscape 7
    Exploring Penetration Testing Methodologies 10
    Building Your Own Lab 16
    Requirements and Guidelines for Penetration Testing Labs 18
    What Tools Should You Use in Your Lab? 18
    What if You Break Something? 19
    Review All Key Topics 20
    Define Key Terms 20
    Q&A 21
Chapter 2 Planning and Scoping a Penetration Testing Assessment 25
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 25
    Explaining the Importance of the Planning and Preparation Phase 29
    Understanding the Legal Concepts of Penetration Testing 41
    Learning How to Scope a Penetration Testing Engagement Properly 44
    Learning the Key Aspects of Compliance-Based Assessments 50
    Review All Key Topics 58
    Define Key Terms 59
    Q&A 59
Chapter 3 Information Gathering and Vulnerability Identification 63
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 63
    Understanding Information Gathering and Reconnaissance 67
    Understanding the Art of Performing Vulnerability Scans 103
    Understanding How to Analyze Vulnerability Scan Results 112
    Review All Key Topics 116
    Define Key Terms 117
    Q&A 117
Chapter 4 Social Engineering Attacks 121
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 121
    Understanding Social Engineering Attacks 125
    Phishing 126
    Pharming 126
    Malvertising 127
    Spear Phishing 128
    SMS Phishing 134
    Voice Phishing 135
    Whaling 135
    Elicitation, Interrogation, and Impersonation (Pretexting) 135
    Social Engineering Motivation Techniques 137
    Shoulder Surfing 137
    USB Key Drop and Social Engineering 138
    Review All Key Topics 138
    Define Key Terms 139
    Q&A 139
Chapter 5 Exploiting Wired and Wireless Networks 143
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 143
    Exploiting Network-Based Vulnerabilities 148
    Exploiting Wireless and RF-Based Attacks and Vulnerabilities 185
    Review All Key Topics 200
    Define Key Terms 202
    Q&A 202
Chapter 6 Exploiting Application-Based Vulnerabilities 207
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 207
    Overview of Web Applications for Security Professionals 213
    How to Build Your Own Web Application Lab 224
    Understanding Injection-Based Vulnerabilities 227
    Exploiting Authentication-Based Vulnerabilities 242
    Exploiting Authorization-Based Vulnerabilities 250
    Understanding Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerabilities 252
    Understanding Cross-Site Request Forgery Attacks 260
    Understanding Clickjacking 261
    Exploiting Security Misconfigurations 262
    Exploiting File Inclusion Vulnerabilities 264
    Exploiting Insecure Code Practices 265
    Review All Key Topics 271
    Define Key Terms 272
    Q&A 273
Chapter 7 Exploiting Local Host and Physical Security Vulnerabilities 277
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 277
    Exploiting Local Host Vulnerabilities 281
    Understanding Physical Security Attacks 326
    Review All Key Topics 328
    Define Key Terms 329
    Q&A 329
Chapter 8 Performing Post-Exploitation Techniques 333
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 333
    Maintaining Persistence After Compromising a System 337
    Understanding How to Perform Lateral Movement 347
    Understanding How to Cover Your Tracks and Clean Up Systems After a Penetration Testing Engagement 356
    Review All Key Topics 357
    Define Key Terms 358
    Q&A 358
Chapter 9 Penetration Testing Tools 361
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 361
    Understanding the Different Use Cases of Penetration Testing Tools and How to Analyze Their Output 365
    Leveraging Bash, Python, Ruby, and PowerShell in Penetration Testing Engagements 460
    Review All Key Topics 462
    Define Key Terms 465
    Q&A 465
Chapter 10 Understanding How to Finalize a Penetration Test 471
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 471
    Explaining Post-Engagement Activities 474
    Surveying Report Writing Best Practices 475
    Understanding Report Handling and Communications Best Practices 499
    Review All Key Topics 501
    Define Key Terms 502
    Q&A 502
Chapter 11 Final Preparation 505
    Tools for Final Preparation 505
    Suggested Plan for Final Review/Study 509
    Summary 509
Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and

Online Elements:
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Appendix B Study Planner

TOC, 9780789760357

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