Expanded Library

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 Clinton is an AWS Solutions Architect and a Linux server administrator. He's written books on cloud and Linux administration, IT security, and data analytics.

Ready to upskill? Get started