The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy, Second Edition

  • 4h 28m
  • Patrick Engebretson
  • Elsevier Science and Technology Books, Inc.
  • 2013

The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, 2nd Ed. serves as an introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or perform an ethical hack from beginning to end. No prior hacking experience is needed. You will learn how to properly utilize and interpret the results of modern day hacking tools, which are required to complete a penetration test. Tool coverage includes Backtrack and Kali Linux, Google reconnaissance, MetaGooFil, DNS interrogation, Nmap, Nessus, Metasploit, the Social Engineer Toolkit (SET) , w3af, Netcat, post exploitation tactics, the Hacker Defender rootkit, and more. The book provides a simple and clean explanation of how to effectively utilize the tools and introduces a four-step methodology for conducting a penetration test or hack. You will be provided with the know-how required to jump start your career or gain a better understanding of offensive security. The book walks through each of the steps and tools in a structured, orderly manner, allowing readers to understand how the output from each tool can be fully utilized in the subsequent phases of the penetration test. This process allows readers to clearly see how the tools and phases function and relate.

  • The second edition includes updated information covering Kali Linux as well as focusing on the seminal tools required to complete a penetration test
  • New tools added including the Social Engineer Toolkit, Meterpreter, w3af and more!
  • Each chapter contains hands-on examples and exercises that are designed to teach you how to interpret the results and utilize those results in later phases
  • Written by an author who works in the field as a Penetration Tester and who teaches Offensive Security, Penetration Testing, and Ethical Hacking, and Exploitation classes at Dakota State University

About the Author

Dr Patrick Engebretson obtained his Doctor of Science degree with a specialization in Information Assurance from Dakota State University. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Computer and Network Security and also works as a Senior Penetration Tester for security firm in the Midwest. His research interests include penetration testing, hacking, exploitation, and malware. Dr Engebretson has been a speaker at both DEFCON and Black Hat in Las Vegas. He has also been invited by the Department of Homeland Security to share his research at the Software Assurance Forum in Washington, DC. He regularly attends advanced exploitation and penetration testing trainings from industry-recognized professionals and holds several certifications. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in penetration testing, malware analysis, and advanced exploitation.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • What is Penetration Testing?
  • Reconnaissance
  • Scanning
  • Exploitation
  • Social Engineering
  • Web-Based Exploitation
  • Post Exploitation and Maintaining Access with Backdoors, Rootkits, and Meterpreter
  • Wrapping up the Penetration Test