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Pen Testing: Planning, Scoping, and Recon

by Alexander Tushinsky

This course will teach you how to begin a penetration testing engagement.

What you'll learn

Penetration testing is an important aspect of most cybersecurity programs. Getting started with the right scope, plan, and timeline is an important aspect for a successful engagement. For an effective test, it is equally important to learn about and be familiar with your target so that you can apply this knowledge during the test itself. In this course, Pen Testing: Planning, Scoping, and Recon, you’ll be introduced to the initial phases of a penetration test. First, you’ll explore how we can establish scope and understand the customer's requirements. Next, you'll cover the documents needed for an engagement and why they are important. Finally, you’ll learn how to perform passive reconnaissance. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to engage and appropriately scope an engagement needed to perform a penetration test.

About the author

Alex has spent the past 30+ years working as a software developer, application architect, cybersecurity professional, and technical trainer. He is a lifelong learner and holds over 20 active certifications in IT. Alex is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. He has taught at Rutgers University, Bergen Community College, County College of Morris, College of Southern Nevada, and UNLV. He holds a BS in Software Development and a Masters in Cybersecurity from We... more

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