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CompTIA PenTest+

Course number: CGIPTPlus40

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.

Course Objectives:

After you complete this course, you will be able to plan, conduct, analyze, and report on penetration tests.

You will:

  • Plan and scope penetration tests.
  • Conduct passive reconnaissance.
  • Perform non-technical tests to gather information.
  • Conduct active reconnaissance.
  • Analyze vulnerabilities.
  • Penetrate networks.
  • Exploit host-based vulnerabilities.
  • Test applications.
  • Complete post-exploit tasks.
  • Analyze and report pen test results.

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
Target Audience

This course is designed for IT professionals who want to develop penetration testing skills to enable them to identify information-system vulnerabilities and effective remediation techniques for those vulnerabilities. Target students who also need to offer practical recommendations for action to properly protect information systems and their contents will derive those skills from this course.

This course is also designed for individuals who are preparing to take the CompTIA PenTest+ certification exam PT0-001, or who plan to use PenTest+ as the foundation for more advanced security certifications or career roles. Individuals seeking this certification should have three to four years of hands-on experience performing penetration tests, vulnerability assessments, and vulnerability management.


CompTIA® PenTest+®


CompTIA® PenTest+® Exam PT0-001


Post class completion, students can appear for the CompTIA® PenTest+® Exam PT0-001

Course Content
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

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