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CompTIA PenTest+

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CompTIA® PenTest+® (Exam PT0-001) is the only penetration testing exam taken at a Pearson VUE testing center with both hands-on, performance-based questions and multiple-choice, to ensure each candidate possesses the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform tasks on systems. PenTest+ also includes management skills used to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses, not just exploit them.

PenTest+ is unique because it requires a candidate to demonstrate the hands-on ability and knowledge to test devices in new environments such as the cloud and mobile, in addition to traditional desktops and servers. The course provides the most up-to-date penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks.

Successful candidates will have the intermediate skills required to customize assessment frameworks to effectively collaborate on and report findings. They will also have the best practices to communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.

This course includes a voucher for the CompTIA Pentest+ Exam.

Who Should Take This Course


This course is targeted toward the information technology (IT) professional who has networking and administrative skills in Windows®-based Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) networks and familiarity with other operating systems, such as Mac OS® X, Unix, or Linux, and who wants to further a career in IT by acquiring a foundational knowledge of security topics; prepare for the CompTIA Security+ Certification examination; or use Security+ as the foundation for advanced security certifications or career roles.


Students should have CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certifications, or have equivalent knowledge / experience. Recommend minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience. PenTest+ has a technical, hands-on focus and is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience.

Why You Should Take This Course

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of planning and key aspects of compliance-based assessments
  • Gather information to prepare for exploitation
  • Perform a vulnerability scan and analyze results
  • Exploit network, wireless, application, and RF-based vulnerabilities
  • Summarize physical security attacks
  • Perform post-exploitation techniques
  • Conduct information gathering with various tools and perform analysis on their output
  • Analyze basic scripts in Bash, Python, Ruby, and PowerShell
  • Utilize report writing and handling best practices
  • Explain recommended mitigation strategies for discovered vulnerabilities
Course Outline

Day 1: Planning and Scoping

  1. Overview
  2. Penetration testing methodology
  3. Planning a penetration test
  4. Rules of engagement
  5. Legal concepts
  6. Testing strategies
  7. White box support resources
  8. Types of assessments
  9. Threat actors
  10. Target selection
  11. Other scoping considerations

Day 2: Information Gathering and Vulnerability Identification

  1. Information gathering
  2. Reconnaissance with CentralOps
  3. Scanning and enumeration
  4. Fingerprinting
  5. Cryptographic inspection
  6. Eavesdropping
  7. Decompiling and debugging
  8. Open source research
  9. Vulnerability scanning
  10. Scanning considerations
  11. Application and container scans
  12. Analyzing vulnerability scans
  13. Leverage information for exploit
  14. Common attack vectors
  15. Weaknesses in specialized systems

Day 3: Attacks and Exploits

  1. Social engineering
  2. Motivation factors
  3. Physical security attacks
  4. Lock picking
  5. Network-based vulnerabilities
  6. Wireless-based vulnerabilities
  7. Wireless network attack
  8. Application-based vulnerabilities
  9. Local host vulnerabilities
  10. Privilege escalation (Linux)
  11. Privilege escalation (Windows)
  12. Lateral movement
  13. Persistence
  14. Covering your tracks
  15. Persistence and covering tracks

Day 4: Penetration Testing Tools

  1. Nmap Usage
  2. Use Cases for Tools
  3. Scanners
  4. Credential Testing Tools
  5. Password Cracking
  6. Debuggers
  7. Software Assurance
  8. OSINT
  9. Wireless
  10. Web Proxies
  11. Social Engineering Tools
  12. Remote Access Tools
  13. Networking Tools
  14. Mobile Tools
  15. Miscellaneous Tools
  16. Intro to Programming
  17. Programming Concepts
  18. BASH Script Example
  19. Python Script Example
  20. PowerShell Script Example
  21. Ruby Script Example

Day 5: Reporting and Communication

  1. Pentest Communications
  2. Report Writing
  3. Mitigation Strategies
  4. Post-Report Activities
  5. Pentest Report Example
Is there a discount available for current students?

UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Asynchronous courses are excluded from this offer.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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