The Quick and Dirty Introduction to Penetration Testing
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The Quick and Dirty Introduction to Penetration Testing

About the Book

Maintaining IT security is a huge problem. 

But for the right person it's also a huge opportunity. 

This book introduces readers to the basics of penetration testing and provides them with the information they need to start their own testing career. Topics covered include reconnaissance, vulnerability assessment, exploit identification, and reporting.

This is an introduction to the topic of penetration testing. It was designed to help you quickly understand what pen testers do, what kinds of tools they use, and whether pen testing is for you. 

Lloyd Kaufman is a pseudonym used by a long-time veteran of the IT and cloud computing industries.

A pseudonym? What's he trying to hide?

Nothing. It's really about focusing most of the attention on the book's primary author: GPT-3.

GPT-3 is a machine learning model developed by the private tech firm, OpenAI. It is a general-purpose model that can be used for a variety of tasks, such as natural language processing, computer vision, and machine translation.

Go on. You know you can't wait to see what an AI author can do.

About the Author

David Clinton
Lloyd Kaufman with GPT-3

David Clinton is a Linux Server Professional with years' experience teaching technical subjects. He is the author of two books on AWS administration from Wiley/Sybex, Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches and Linux in Action (both from Manning) and 20 Pluralsight courses covering Linux administration, Amazon Web Services, and Docker.

David has worked on real-world deployments within both traditional data centers and the AWS cloud.

Table of Contents

  • An Introduction to Penetration Testing
    • Information gathering
    • Vulnerability assessment
    • Exploitation
    • Reporting
  • Kali Linux
    • VirtualBox
    • VMware Workstation Player
    • Vagrant
    • LXD
    • Learning Your Way Around Kali
    • Linux Survival Skills
  • Establishing the Scope of Your Pen Test
    • Setting the scope
  • Network Scanning
    • Nmap
    • Masscan
    • Vulnerability Scanning
    • Reconnaissance attacks
    • Phishing attacks
    • Vulnerability scanning tools
  • Host Exploitation
    • The post-exploitation stage
  • Password Cracking
    • Hashing
    • Other password and unauthorized access attacks
  • Reporting
  • Next Steps

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