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Overview

Professional Penetration Testing: Creating and Operating a Formal Hacking Lab examines all aspects of professional penetration testing, from project management to team building, metrics, risk management, training, reporting, information gathering, vulnerability identification, vulnerability exploitation, privilege escalation, and test-data archival methods. It also discusses how to maintain access and cover one's tracks. It includes two video courses to teach readers fundamental and intermediate information-system penetration testing techniques, and to explain how to create and operate a formal hacking lab.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 focuses on the professionals who are members of a penetration test team, the skills required to be an effective team member, and the ways to create a PenTest lab. Part 2 looks at the activities involved in a penetration test and how to run a PenTest to improve the overall security posture of the client. Part 3 discusses the creation of a final report for the client, cleaning up the lab for the next penetration test, and identifying the training needs of penetration-test team members.
This book will benefit both experienced and novice penetration test practitioners.

  • Find out how to turn hacking and pen testing skills into a professional career
  • Understand how to conduct controlled attacks on a network through real-world examples of vulnerable and exploitable servers
  • Master project management skills necessary for running a formal penetration test and setting up a professional ethical hacking business
  • Discover metrics and reporting methodologies that provide experience crucial to a professional penetration tester
  • Learn through video - the DVD includes instructional videos that replicate classroom instruction and live, real-world vulnerability simulations of complete servers with known and unknown vulnerabilities to practice hacking skills in a controlled lab environment
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Editorial Reviews

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"Wilhelm has created the ultimate handbook for becoming a pen tester. This is going to help launch many a career." - Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst, IT-Harvest

"Professional Penetration Testing covers everything from ethical concerns, to advance concepts, to setting up your own custom laboratory. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide at penetration testing that I have seen. Tom Wilhelm is a true expert in the field who not only is in the trenches on a daily basis, but also takes the time to instruct others on the ways and means of pen testing." –Frank Thornton, Owner, Blackthorn Systems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597494250
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Wilhelm has been involved in Information Security since 1990, where he served in the U.S. Army for 8 years as a Signals Intelligence Analyst / Russian Linguist / Cryptanalyst. A speaker at security conferences across the United States, including DefCon, HOPE, and CSI, he has been employed by Fortune 100 companies to conduct risk assessments, participate and lead in external and internal penetration testing efforts, and manage Information Systems Security projects.Thomas is also an Information Technology Doctoral student who holds Masters degrees in both Computer Science and Management. Additionally, he dedicates some of his time as an Associate Professor at Colorado Technical University and has contributed to multiple publications, including both magazines and books. Thomas currently performs security training courses for both civilian and government personnel through Heorot.net, and maintains the following security certifications: ISSMP, CISSP, SCSECA, and SCNA.

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Table of Contents

PART I - Setting Up
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Ethics and Hacking
Chapter 3: Hacking as a Career
Chapter 4: Setting up Your Lab
Chapter 5: Creating and Using PenTest Targets in Your Lab
Chapter 6: Methodologies
Chapter 7: PenTest Metrics
Chapter 8: Management of a PenTest

PART II - Running a PenTest
Chapter 9: Information Gathering
Chapter 10: Vulnerability Identification
Chapter 11: Vulnerability Verification
Chapter 12: Compromising a System and Privilege Escalation
Chapter 13: Maintaining Access
Chapter 14: Covering Your Tracks

PART III - Wrapping Everything Up
Chapter 15: Reporting Results
Chapter 16: Archiving Data
Chapter 17: Cleaning Up Your Lab
Chapter 18: Planning for Your Next PenTest

Appendix A - Acronyms
Appendix B - Definitions

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    PROFESSIONAL HACKING LAB!!!

    Are you a professional penetration tester who wants to increase the capability maturity of their current PenTest processes? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Thomas Wilhelm, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of all facets of a penetration test. Author Wilhelm, begins by discussing ethics and laws specific to penetration testing. In addition, the author identifies career paths, certifications, and information on security organizations that can assist in career development. He then shows you how to design a corporate or private penetration test lab. The author then, shows you how to use turnkey scenarios and real-world targets in the penetration test lab. He continues by examining the different methodologies available for professional penetration test projects. In addition, the author identifies the different methods of applying metrics to vulnerabilities found in a penetration test project. He then explains team members, roles, and organizational structures that influence the success of a penetration test. The author then shows you how to collect information on a target system. Then, the author examines target systems for possible vulnerabilities. Next, he shows you how to exploit discovered vulnerabilities. The author continues by showing you how to find ways to own the system. In addition, he discusses how to stay on the exploited system. The author then shows you how to manipulate the system to remain undetected. Next, he shows you how to write a report and verify the facts. Then, the author shows you how to save penetration test data. He continues by showing you how to save configuration and data from the lab. Finally, he identifies training needs and how to obtain resources. The goal of this most excellent book and accompanying DVD, was written to be used in a variety of different ways. Perhaps more importantly, the initial intent of this book is to provide a formal training program on penetration testing.

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