Professional Penetration Testing

Professional Penetration Testing

Creating and Learning in a Hacking Lab

2nd Edition - June 27, 2013

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  • Author: Thomas Wilhelm
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597499934
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124046184

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Professional Penetration Testing walks you through the entire process of setting up and running a pen test lab. Penetration testing—the act of testing a computer network to find security vulnerabilities before they are maliciously exploited—is a crucial component of information security in any organization. With this book, you will find out how to turn hacking skills into a professional career. Chapters cover planning, metrics, and methodologies; the details of running a pen test, including identifying and verifying vulnerabilities; and archiving, reporting and management practices. Author Thomas Wilhelm has delivered penetration testing training to countless security professionals, and now through the pages of this book you can benefit from his years of experience as a professional penetration tester and educator. After reading this book, you will be able to create a personal penetration test lab that can deal with real-world vulnerability scenarios. All disc-based content for this title is now available on the Web.

Key Features

  • 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


Penetration testers, IT security consultants and practitioners

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2013
  • Published: June 27, 2013
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597499934
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124046184

About the Author

Thomas Wilhelm

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, and maintains the following security certifications: ISSMP, CISSP, SCSECA, and SCNA.

Affiliations and Expertise

ISSMP, CISSP, SCSECA, and SCNA, Associate Professor at Colorado Technical University

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