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Network Vulnerability Scanning with OpenVAS

by David Clinton

Before launching a penetration testing session, you must first assess the target network and its compute resources for known vulnerabilities. The OpenVAS suite is built to perform complete and effective vulnerability scans. Learn how it's done.

What you'll learn

Greenbone Vulnerability Manager's OpenVAS vulnerability assessment suite brings together an actively curated database of vulnerabilities with powerful network scan and reporting tools.

In this course, Network Vulnerability Scanning with OpenVAS, you’ll learn to test your infrastructure for dangerous vulnerabilities.

First, you’ll install and configure OpenVAS on Kali Linux.
Next, you’ll come to understand the roles played by each of the public vulnerability databases on which vulnerability scanning relies.
Finally, you'll launch a range of scans against live targets, and make sense of the reports that your scans will generate.

When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of OpenVAS needed to better secure your servers and IT resources.

About the author

David taught high school for twenty years, worked as a Linux system administrator for five years, and has been writing since he could hold a crayon between his fingers. His childhood bedroom wall has since been repainted. David has administered, written about, and created training material for many cutting edge technical subjects, including Linux systems, Cloud Computing (in particular Amazon's AWS), container technologies like Docker, and many in-demand DevOps tools.

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