Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide - PDF

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Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide by Lee Allen

Penetration testers are faced with a combination of firewalls, intrusion detection systems, host-based protection, hardened systems, and teams of knowledgeable analysts that pour over data collected by their security information management systems. In an environment such as this, simply running automated tools will typically yield few results. The false sense of this security can easily result in the loss of critical data and resources.


Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly Secured Environments provides guidance on going beyond the basic automated scan. It will provide you with a stepping stone which can be used to take on the complex and daunting task of effectively measuring the entire attack surface of a traditionally secured environment.


Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly Secured Environments uses only freely available tools and resources to teach these concepts. One of the tools we will be using is the well-known penetration testing platform BackTrack. BackTrack's amazing team of developers continuously update the platform to provide some of the best security tools available. Most of the tools we will use for simulating a penetration test are contained on the most recent version of BackTrack.


The Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), http://www.penteststandard (dot) org, is used as a guideline for many of our stages. Although not everything within the standard will be addressed, we will attempt to align the knowledge in this book with the basic principles of the standard when possible.


Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly Secured Environments provides step-by-step instructions on how to emulate a highly secured environment on your own equipment using VirtualBox, pfSense, snort, and similar technologies. This enables you to practice what you have learned throughout the book in a safe environment. You will also get a chance to witness what security response teams may see on their side of the penetration test while you are performing your testing!


Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly Secured Environments wraps up by presenting a challenge in which you will use your virtual lab to simulate an entire penetration test from beginning to end. Penetration testers need to be able to explain mitigation tactics with their clients; with this in mind we will be addressing various mitigation strategies that will address the attacks listed throughout the chapters.


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