Comptia Pentest+ 2019

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CompTIA PenTest+ is the only penetration testing certification exam taken with hands-on, performance-based questions and multiple-choice questions, to guarantee that every cyber security professional has the knowledge and ability to perform threat modeling of target and vulnerability management. PenTest+ exam also includes management skills used to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses, not just exploit them.

Overview of Comptia Pentest+ Exam

CompTIA PenTest+ assesses the most up-to-date penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks.

Successful candidates will have the intermediate skills required to customize assessment frameworks to effectively collaborate on and report findings.

Candidates will also have the best practices to communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.

CompTIA PenTest+ meets the ISO 17024 standard. Regulators and government rely on ANSI accreditation because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 1.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011.

Pentest+ Examination Weight age
1. Planning and Scoping15%
2. Information Gathering and  Vulnerability Identification22%
3. Attacks and Exploits30%
4. Penetration Testing Tools17%
5. Reporting and Communication16%
Pentest+ Examination Information
Required ExamPT0-001
Number of QuestionsMaximum of 80
Type of QuestionsMultiple choice and performance-based
Length of Test165 minutes
Recommended Experience3  to 4 years of hands-on experience performing penetration tests, vulnerability assessments, and vulnerability management
Passing Score750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Exam AvailabilityEnglish
Benefits of Being Comptia Pentest+ Certified
Improvement of SecurityPentest+ is to improve network security and provide protection for the entire network and connected devices against future attacks. It helps to identify vulnerabilities within a network
Good GovernanceIT Governance’s penetration testing team is able to support cyber security  organization’s strategy  for small, medium-sized and large businesses
Cost ManagementWith any business service, cost varies quite a bit based on a set of variables. The complexity, Methodology, Experience and Remediation are the most common variables to affect the cost of penetration testing services
Improve Knowledge SkillsA deeper, better and broader understanding of the common body of knowledge for cyber security
Career AdvancementRaise visibility and credibility, improve job security and create new opportunities
RespectDifferentiate yourself from employers, clients and peers
Solid FoundationBe better prepared to stem cyber attacks and inspire a safe and secure cyber world
Community of ProfessionalsGain access to (and respect from) a global community of like minded cyber security leaders

Chapter 01: Introduction to Penetration Testing
Technology Brief
Overview of Penetration Testing
What is Pentesting?
Types of Penetration Testing
Security Testing Standards
The Benefits of Penetration Testing
Why Perform PenTests?
How Often You Should Perform Pen-Tests?
Why is Penetration Testing Required?
When to Perform Penetration Testing
Penetration Testing Methodology
The Steps of a Penetration Testing Method
Areas of Penetration Testing
Penetration Testing- Manual and Automated
Penetration Testing – Tools
Penetration Testing – Infrastructure
Types of Infrastructure Penetration Testing
Phases of Penetration Testing
Information Security
Elements of Information Security
Information Security Threats and Attack Vectors
Top Information Security Attack Vectors
Threat Categories
Types of Attacks on a System
Information Warfare
Hacking Concepts, Types, and Phases
Hacking Phases
Information Security Controls
Information Assurance (IA)
Information Security Management Programs
Enterprise Information Security Architecture (EISA)
Information Security Policies
Physical Security
Practice Question

Chapter 02: Planning and Scoping
Technology Brief
The Importance of planning for an engagement
Understanding the Target Audience
Rules of Engagement
Communication Escalation Path
Resources and Requirements
Technical Constraints
Impact Analysis and Remediation Timelines
Support Resources
Key Legal Concepts
Environmental Differences
Written Authorization
The Importance of Scoping an Engagement Properly
Types of Assessment
Special Scoping Considerations
Target Selection
Risk Acceptance
Tolerance to Impact
Scope Creep
Threat Actors
Key Aspects of Compliance-based Assessments
Compliance-based Assessments, Limitations, and Caveats
Clearly Defined Objectives based on Regulations
Practice Question

Chapter 03: Information Gathering and Vulnerability Identification
Technology Brief
Information Gathering
Packet Crafting
Packet Inspection
The Benefits of Packet Inspection
OS Fingerprinting and Banner Grabbing
Open Source Intelligence Gathering
Vulnerability Scanning
Non-credentialed vs. Credentialed Scan
Types of Scan
Container Security
Application Scan
Considerations of Vulnerability Scanning
Lab 3-1 :Creating a Network Topology Map
Lab 3-2: Vulnerability Scanning using the Nessus Vulnerability Scanning Tool
Analyze Vulnerability Scan Results
Asset Categorization
Prioritization of Vulnerabilities
Common Themes
The Process of Leveraging Information to Prepare for Exploitation
Vulnerabilities Mapping/Assesment to Potential Exploits
Prioritizing Vulnerabilities
Common Techniques to Complete Attack
Proof-of-Concept Development
Exploit Chaining
Specialized Systems
Internet of Things (IoT)
Embedded Systems
Point-of-Sale (POS) System
Application Containers
Real-Time Operating System (RTOS)
Practice Questions

Chapter 04: Attacks and Exploits
Technology Brief
Social Engineering Attacks
Shoulder Surfing
USB Key Drop
Motivation Techniques
Exploit Network-based Vulnerabilities
Name Resolution Exploits
SMB Exploits
SNMP Exploits
SMTP Exploits
FTP Exploits
DNS Cache Poisoning
Pass the Hash
DoS/Stress Test
NAC Bypass
VLAN Hopping
Exploit Wireless and RF-based Vulnerabilities
Evil Twin
DE Authentication Attacks
Fragmentation Attacks
Credential Harvesting
WPS Implementation Weakness
RFID Cloning
Exploit Application-based Vulnerabilities
Application Vulnerability Management
Cross-site Scripting (XSS)
Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF/XSRF)
Security Misconfiguration
File Inclusion
Unsecure Code Practices
Exploit Local Host Vulnerabilities
OS Vulnerabilities
Unsecure Service and Protocol Configurations
Privilege Escalation
Default Account Settings
Sandbox Escape
Differences between Virtual Machines and Containers
Physical Device Security
Physical Security Attacks Related to Facilities
Fence Jumping
Dumpster Diving
Lock Picking
Lock Bypass
Egress Sensor
Badge Cloning
Post-exploitation techniques.
Lateral Movement
Covering your Tracks
Practice Questions

Chapter 05: Penetration Testing Tools
Technology Brief
Using Nmap to Conduct Information Gathering
SYN Scan (-sS)
Connect Scan (-sT)
Port Selection (-p)
Service Identification (-sV)
OS Fingerprinting (-O)
Disabling Ping (-Pn)
Target input file (-iL)
Timing (-T)
Output Parameter
Compare and Contrast Various Tools
Use Cases
Social Engineering Tools
Remote Access Tools
Networking Tools
Mobile Tools
MISC (Miscellaneous Tools)
Tool Output and Data Related to a Penetration Test
Password Cracking
Pass the Hash
Setting up a Bind Shell
Getting a Reverse Shell
Proxying a Connection
Uploading a Web Shell
Basic Scripts (Limited to Bash, Python, Ruby, and PowerShell)
Common Operations
Error Handling
Practice Questions

Chapter 06: Reporting and Communication
Technology Brief
Report Writing and Handling
Data Normalization
Written Report of Findings and Remediation
Risk Appetite
Secure Handling and Disposition of Reports
Post-report Delivery Activities
Post-engagement Cleanup
Client Acceptance
Lessons Learned
Follow-up Actions/Retest
Attestation of Findings
Vulnerability Mitigation Strategies
The Importance of Communication during the Penetration Testing Process
Communication Path
Communication Triggers
Goal Reprioritization

Practice Question Answers
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