Building Virtual Pentesting Labs for Advanced Penetration Testing

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Written in an easy-to-follow approach using hands-on examples, this book helps you create virtual environments for advanced penetration testing, enabling you to build a multi-layered architecture to include firewalls, IDS/IPS, web application firewalls, and endpoint protection, which is essential in the penetration testing world.If you are a penetration tester, security consultant, security test engineer, or analyst who wants to practice and perfect penetration testing skills by building virtual pentesting labs in varying industry scenarios, this is the book for you. This book is ideal if you want to build and enhance your existing pentesting methods and skills. Basic knowledge of network security features is expected along with web application testing experience.
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Kevin Cardwell currently works as a freelance consultant and provides consulting services for companies all over the world. He developed the Strategy and Training Development Plan for the first Government CERT in the country of Oman and developed the team to man the first Commercial Security Operations Center there. He has worked extensively with banks and financial institutions throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the UK. He currently provides consultancy services to commercial companies, governments, major banks, and financial institutions across the globe. He is the author of the book Backtrack – Testing Wireless Network Security, Packt Publishing.
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Packt Publishing Ltd
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Published on
Jun 20, 2014
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Pages
430
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ISBN
9781783284788
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Networking / General
Computers / Security / General
Computers / Security / Networking
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This content is DRM free.
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Employ the most advanced pentesting techniques and tools to build highly-secured systems and environmentsAbout This BookLearn how to build your own pentesting lab environment to practice advanced techniquesCustomize your own scripts, and learn methods to exploit 32-bit and 64-bit programsExplore a vast variety of stealth techniques to bypass a number of protections when penetration testingWho This Book Is For

This book is for anyone who wants to improve their skills in penetration testing. As it follows a step-by-step approach, anyone from a novice to an experienced security tester can learn effective techniques to deal with highly secured environments.

Whether you are brand new or a seasoned expert, this book will provide you with the skills you need to successfully create, customize, and plan an advanced penetration test.

What You Will LearnA step-by-step methodology to identify and penetrate secured environmentsGet to know the process to test network services across enterprise architecture when defences are in placeGrasp different web application testing methods and how to identify web application protections that are deployedUnderstand a variety of concepts to exploit softwareGain proven post-exploitation techniques to exfiltrate data from the targetGet to grips with various stealth techniques to remain undetected and defeat the latest defencesBe the first to find out the latest methods to bypass firewallsFollow proven approaches to record and save the data from tests for analysisIn Detail

The defences continue to improve and become more and more common, but this book will provide you with a number or proven techniques to defeat the latest defences on the networks. The methods and techniques contained will provide you with a powerful arsenal of best practices to increase your penetration testing successes.

The processes and methodology will provide you techniques that will enable you to be successful, and the step by step instructions of information gathering and intelligence will allow you to gather the required information on the targets you are testing. The exploitation and post-exploitation sections will supply you with the tools you would need to go as far as the scope of work will allow you. The challenges at the end of each chapter are designed to challenge you and provide real-world situations that will hone and perfect your penetration testing skills. You will start with a review of several well respected penetration testing methodologies, and following this you will learn a step-by-step methodology of professional security testing, including stealth, methods of evasion, and obfuscation to perform your tests and not be detected!

The final challenge will allow you to create your own complex layered architecture with defences and protections in place, and provide the ultimate testing range for you to practice the methods shown throughout the book. The challenge is as close to an actual penetration test assignment as you can get!

Style and approach

The book follows the standard penetration testing stages from start to finish with step-by-step examples. The book thoroughly covers penetration test expectations, proper scoping and planning, as well as enumeration and foot printing

Learn how to build complex virtual architectures that allow you to perform virtually any required testing methodology and perfect itAbout This BookExplore and build intricate architectures that allow you to emulate an enterprise networkTest and enhance your security skills against complex and hardened virtual architectureLearn methods to bypass common enterprise defenses and leverage them to test the most secure environments.Who This Book Is For

While the book targets advanced penetration testing, the process is systematic and as such will provide even beginners with a solid methodology and approach to testing.

You are expected to have network and security knowledge. The book is intended for anyone who wants to build and enhance their existing professional security and penetration testing methods and skills.

What You Will LearnLearning proven security testing and penetration testing techniquesBuilding multi-layered complex architectures to test the latest network designsApplying a professional testing methodologyDetermining whether there are filters between you and the target and how to penetrate themDeploying and finding weaknesses in common firewall architectures.Learning advanced techniques to deploy against hardened environmentsLearning methods to circumvent endpoint protection controls In Detail

Security flaws and new hacking techniques emerge overnight – security professionals need to make sure they always have a way to keep . With this practical guide, learn how to build your own virtual pentesting lab environments to practice and develop your security skills. Create challenging environments to test your abilities, and overcome them with proven processes and methodologies used by global penetration testing teams.

Get to grips with the techniques needed to build complete virtual machines perfect for pentest training. Construct and attack layered architectures, and plan specific attacks based on the platforms you're going up against. Find new vulnerabilities for different kinds of systems and networks, and what these mean for your clients.

Driven by a proven penetration testing methodology that has trained thousands of testers, Building Virtual Labs for Advanced Penetration Testing, Second Edition will prepare you for participation in professional security teams.

Style and approach

The book is written in an easy-to-follow format that provides a step–by-step, process-centric approach. Additionally, there are numerous hands-on examples and additional references for readers who might want to learn even more. The process developed throughout the book has been used to train and build teams all around the world as professional security and penetration testers.

Employ the most advanced pentesting techniques and tools to build highly-secured systems and environmentsAbout This BookLearn how to build your own pentesting lab environment to practice advanced techniquesCustomize your own scripts, and learn methods to exploit 32-bit and 64-bit programsExplore a vast variety of stealth techniques to bypass a number of protections when penetration testingWho This Book Is For

This book is for anyone who wants to improve their skills in penetration testing. As it follows a step-by-step approach, anyone from a novice to an experienced security tester can learn effective techniques to deal with highly secured environments.

Whether you are brand new or a seasoned expert, this book will provide you with the skills you need to successfully create, customize, and plan an advanced penetration test.

What You Will LearnA step-by-step methodology to identify and penetrate secured environmentsGet to know the process to test network services across enterprise architecture when defences are in placeGrasp different web application testing methods and how to identify web application protections that are deployedUnderstand a variety of concepts to exploit softwareGain proven post-exploitation techniques to exfiltrate data from the targetGet to grips with various stealth techniques to remain undetected and defeat the latest defencesBe the first to find out the latest methods to bypass firewallsFollow proven approaches to record and save the data from tests for analysisIn Detail

The defences continue to improve and become more and more common, but this book will provide you with a number or proven techniques to defeat the latest defences on the networks. The methods and techniques contained will provide you with a powerful arsenal of best practices to increase your penetration testing successes.

The processes and methodology will provide you techniques that will enable you to be successful, and the step by step instructions of information gathering and intelligence will allow you to gather the required information on the targets you are testing. The exploitation and post-exploitation sections will supply you with the tools you would need to go as far as the scope of work will allow you. The challenges at the end of each chapter are designed to challenge you and provide real-world situations that will hone and perfect your penetration testing skills. You will start with a review of several well respected penetration testing methodologies, and following this you will learn a step-by-step methodology of professional security testing, including stealth, methods of evasion, and obfuscation to perform your tests and not be detected!

The final challenge will allow you to create your own complex layered architecture with defences and protections in place, and provide the ultimate testing range for you to practice the methods shown throughout the book. The challenge is as close to an actual penetration test assignment as you can get!

Style and approach

The book follows the standard penetration testing stages from start to finish with step-by-step examples. The book thoroughly covers penetration test expectations, proper scoping and planning, as well as enumeration and foot printing

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