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  • The first expert one-volume guide to pentesting concepts, terminology, issues, theory, standards -- and above all, practical skills
  • Covers the entire penetration testing project lifecycle
  • Includes a sample start-to-finish pentest project using free open source tools
  • Contains quizzes, labs, and review sections to build mastery and support any pentesting course
  • Recommended text for the Pearson IT Cybersecurity Curriculum course on Penetration Testing


  • Copyright 2018
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 448
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5937-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5937-5

The perfect introduction to pen testing for all IT professionals and students

· Clearly explains key concepts, terminology, challenges, tools, and skills

· Covers the latest penetration testing standards from NSA, PCI, and NIST

Welcome to today’s most useful and practical introduction to penetration testing. Chuck Easttom brings together up-to-the-minute coverage of all the concepts, terminology, challenges, and skills you’ll need to be effective.

Drawing on decades of experience in cybersecurity and related IT fields, Easttom integrates theory and practice, covering the entire penetration testing life cycle from planning to reporting.

You’ll gain practical experience through a start-to-finish sample project relying on free open source tools. Throughout, quizzes, projects, and review sections deepen your understanding and help you apply what you’ve learned.

Including essential pen testing standards from NSA, PCI, and NIST, Penetration Testing Fundamentals will help you protect your assets–and expand your career options.


· Understand what pen testing is and how it’s used

· Meet modern standards for comprehensive and effective testing

· Review cryptography essentials every pen tester must know

· Perform reconnaissance with Nmap, Google searches, and ShodanHq

· Use malware as part of your pen testing toolkit

· Test for vulnerabilities in Windows shares, scripts, WMI, and the Registry

· Pen test websites and web communication

· Recognize SQL injection and cross-site scripting attacks

· Scan for vulnerabilities with OWASP ZAP, Vega, Nessus, and MBSA

· Identify Linux vulnerabilities and password cracks

· Use Kali Linux for advanced pen testing

· Apply general hacking technique ssuch as fake Wi-Fi hotspots and social engineering

· Systematically test your environment with Metasploit

· Write or customize sophisticated Metasploit exploits

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Penetration Testing

What Is Penetration Testing?


Vulnerability Scans

Penetration Tests

The Hybrid Test



Nature of the Test


Ethical Issues

Everything Is Confidential

Keep in Your Lane

If You Break It, You Bought It

Legal Issues

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA): 18 U.S. Code § 1030

Unlawful Access to Stored Communications: 18 U.S. Code § 2701

Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act

Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Access Devices: 18 U.S. Code § 1029

State Laws

International Laws








This Book and Certifications

Careers in Penetration Testing

Security Administrators

Commercial Penetration Testing

Government/National Defense

Law Enforcement

Building Your Skillset


Test Your Skills

Chapter 2: Standards


The Actual Test

NIST 800-115




National Security Agency InfoSec Assessment Methodology (NSA-IAM)



A Synthesis (Putting Standards Together into a Single Unified Approach)


The Actual Test


Related Standards


Other Standards

ISO 27002

NIST 800-12, Revision 1

NIST 800-14


Test Your Skills

Chapter 3: Cryptography

Cryptography Basics

History of Encryption

The Caesar Cipher


Multi-Alphabet Substitution

Rail Fence

Modern Methods

Symmetric Encryption

Modification of Symmetric Methods

Practical Applications

Public Key (Asymmetric) Encryption

Digital Signatures





Windows Hashing


Rainbow Tables

Pass the Hash

Password Crackers


Historical Steganography

Methods and Tools


Frequency Analysis

Modern Methods

Practical Application

Learning More


Test Your Skills

Chapter 4: Reconnaissance

Passive Scanning Techniques





Social Media

Google Searching

Active Scanning Techniques

Port Scanning




Other OSINT Tools

OSINT Website


Web Master Tips


Test Your Skills

Chapter 5: Malware


How a Virus Spreads

Types of Viruses

Virus Examples

Trojan Horses

Other Forms of Malware


Malicious Web-Based Code

Logic Bombs

Creating Malware

Levels of Malware Writing Skill

GUI Tools

Simple Script Viruses

Creating a Trojan Horse

Altering Existing Viruses


Test Your Skills

Chapter 6: Hacking Windows

Windows Details

Windows History

The Boot Process

Important Windows Files

Windows Logs

The Registry

Volume Shadow Copy

Windows Password Hashing

Windows Hacking Techniques

Pass the Hash


Net User Script

Login as System

Find the Admin

Windows Scripting

net users

net view

net share

net service


Windows Password Cracking

Offline NT Registry Editor




John the Ripper

Detecting Malware in Windows

Cain and Abel


Test Your Skills

Chapter 7: Web Hacking

Web Technology

Specific Attacks on Websites

SQL Script Injection


Other Web Attacks


Burp Suite



Test Your Skills

Chapter 8: Vulnerability Scanning





Packet Capture



Network Scanners


Wireless Scanners/Crackers


General Scanners





Web Application Scanners



Cyber Threat Intelligence



Internet Storm Center



Test Your Skills

Chapter 9: Introduction to Linux

Linux History

Linux Commands

ls Command

cd Command

Pipe Output

finger Command

grep Command

ps Command

pstree Command

top Command

kill Command

Basic File and Directory Commands

chown Command

chmod Command

bg Command

fg Command

useradd Command

userdel Command

usermod Command

users Command

who Command











Graphical User Interface




Test Your Skills

Chapter 10: Linux Hacking

More on the Linux OS



Shell Commands

Linux Firewall


iptables Configuration




Linux Passwords

Linux Hacking Tricks

Boot Hack

Backspace Hack


Test Your Skills

Chapter 11: Introduction to Kali Linux

Kali Linux History

Kali Basics

Kali Tools




John the Ripper



Ghost Phisher


Test Your Skills

Chapter 12: General Hacking Techniques

Wi-Fi Testing

Create a Hotspot

Using Kali as a Hotspot

Testing the WAP Administration

Other Wi-Fi Issues

Social Engineering


Well-known DoS Attacks



Test Your Skills

Chapter 13: Introduction to Metasploit

Background on Metasploit

Getting Started with Metasploit

Basic Usage of msfconsole

Basic Commands


Scanning with Metasploit

SMB Scanner

SQL Server Scan

SSH Server Scan

Anonymous FTP Servers

FTP Server

How to Use Exploits

Exploit Examples

Cascading Style Sheets

File Format Exploit

Remote Desktop Exploit

More Exploits

Common Error

Post Exploits

Get Logged-on Users

Check VM

Enumerate Applications

Going Deeper into the Target


Test Your Skills

Chapter 14: More with Metasploit

Meterpreter and Post Exploits





Download and Upload



Key Logger

Other Information


More Metasploit Attacks

Formatting All Drives

Attacking Windows Server 2008 R2

Attacking Windows via Office

Attacking Linux

Attacking via the Web

Another Linux Attack

Linux Post Exploits


Test Your Skills

Chapter 15: Introduction to Scripting with Ruby

Getting Started

Basic Ruby Scripting

A First Script


Object-Oriented Programming


Test Your Skills

Chapter 16: Write Your Own Metasploit Exploits with Ruby


Getting Started

Examine an Existing Exploit

Extending Existing Exploits

Writing Your First Exploit


Test Your Skills

Chapter 17: General Hacking Knowledge


Dark Web

Certification and Training

Cyber Warfare and Terrorism

Nation State Actors


Test Your Skills

Chapter 18: Additional Pen Testing Topics

Wireless Pen Testing




Other Forms of Wireless

Wi-Fi Hacking

Mainframe and SCADA

SCADA Basics


Mobile Pen Testing

Cellular Terminology

Bluetooth Attacks

Bluetooth/Phone Tools


Test Your Skills

Chapter 19: A Sample Pen Test Project

Pen Test Outline

Pre-Test Activities



Optional Items

Report Outline


Appendix A: Answers to Chapter Multiple Choice Questions

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