Penetration Testing

Penetration Testing : Protecting Networks and Systems

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This book is a preparation guide for the CPTE examination, yet is also a general reference for experienced penetration testers, ethical hackers, auditors, security personnel and anyone else involved in the security of an organization's computer systems. This book avoids a detailed analysis of the tools currently used by today's pen testers, which often come in and out of fashion, and, instead, focuses on the range of techniques employed by professional pen testers around the world. The author draws on his wealth of experience and provides real-world examples to illustrate the most common pitfalls that can be encountered during both the testing phase and also when delivering the final report. A successful penetration test not only discovers the vulnerabilities of a system but also determines the level of risk that those vulnerabilities pose to the organization. Readers of this book will gain a better understanding of how to conduct a penetration test, and also how to deliver a client-focused report that assesses the security of the system and whether the level of risk to the organization is within acceptable levels.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 221 pages
  • United Kingdom
  • 1849283729
  • 9781849283724

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Introduction to Penetration Testing Case study Security basics Risk management The threat environment Overview of the steps to penetration testing Penetration testing versus hacking Benefits of penetration testing Summary Key learning points Questions Chapter 2: Preparing to Conduct a Penetration Test Approval and scope Planning Summary Questions Chapter 3: Reconnaissance The start of the test Physical information gathering Other data sources Avoiding footprinting Key learning points Questions Chapter 4: Active Reconnaissance and Enumeration Port scanning Countermeasures to active reconnaissance Key learning points Questions Chapter 5: Vulnerability Assessments The attack vectors References and sources of vulnerabilities Using vulnerability assessment tools PCI DSS requirements Malicious code Reporting on the vulnerability assessment Key learning points Questions Chapter 6: Hacking Windows(R) and UNIX Having fun Common hacking initiatives Defeating data theft Protecting against unauthorized access Access controls Actions of the attacker Focus on UNIX/Linux Advanced attacks Source code review Case study: Attack on a Chinese bank Key learning points Questions Chapter 7: Launching the Attack Steps to an exploit Attacking wireless networks Pen testing wireless Network sniffing Firewalls Intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS). Key learning points Questions Chapter 8: Attacking Web Applications The steps in attacking a web application Questions Chapter 9: Preparing the Report Determining risk levels Risk response Report confidentiality Delivering the report Key learning points Questions Appendix 1: Linux Appendix 2: Encryption Concepts of cryptography Appendix 3: Regulations and Legislation Examples of regulations and legislation Protection of intellectual property Appendix 4: Incident Management Concepts of incident management Additional Questions and Answers Answers References ITG Resources
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Author information

Kevin Henry has 35 years' experience working on computer systems, initially as an operator on the largest mini-computer installation in Canada, and then in various programmer and analyst roles before moving into computer audit and security. Kevin currently provides security auditing, training and educational programs for major clients and governments around the world and is a frequent speaker on the security conference circuit.
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