BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing

By Shakeel Ali , Tedi Heriyanto
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About this book

BackTrack is a penetration testing and security auditing platform with advanced tools to identify, detect, and exploit any vulnerabilities uncovered in the target network environment. Applying appropriate testing methodology with defined business objectives and a scheduled test plan will result in robust penetration testing of your network.

BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing is a fully focused, structured book providing guidance on developing practical penetration testing skills by demonstrating the cutting-edge hacker tools and techniques in a coherent step-by-step strategy. It offers all the essential lab preparation and testing procedures to reflect real-world attack scenarios from your business perspective in today's digital age.

The authors' experience and expertise enables them to reveal the industry's best approach for logical and systematic penetration testing.

The first and so far only book on BackTrack OS starts with lab preparation and testing procedures, explaining the basic installation and configuration set up, discussing types of penetration testing (black-box and white-box), uncovering open security testing methodologies, and proposing the BackTrack specific testing process. The authors discuss a number of security assessment tools necessary to conduct penetration testing in their respective categories (target scoping, information gathering, discovery, enumeration, vulnerability mapping, social engineering, exploitation, privilege escalation, maintaining access, and reporting), following the formal testing methodology. Each of these tools is illustrated with real-world examples to highlight their practical usage and proven configuration techniques. The authors also provide extra weaponry treasures and cite key resources that may be crucial to any professional penetration tester.

This book serves as a single professional, practical, and expert guide to developing hardcore penetration testing skills from scratch. You will be trained to make the best use of BackTrack OS either in a commercial environment or an experimental test bed.

Publication date:
April 2011
Publisher
Packt
Pages
392
ISBN
9781849513944

About the Authors

  • Shakeel Ali

    Shakeel Ali is a senior cybersecurity consultant at a global Fortune 500 organization. His expertise in the security industry markedly exceeds the standard number of security assessments, audits, attack simulations, SOC/CSIRC facilitation, incident response, and forensic projects that he carries out in day-to-day operations. He is an independent researcher who writes various articles and white papers to provide insights into threat intelligence, and also provides constant security support to various businesses globally.

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  • Tedi Heriyanto

    Tedi Heriyanto currently works as an information security analyst at a Fortune 500 company. He has experience of designing secure network architectures, deploying and managing enterprise-wide security systems, developing information security policies and procedures, performing various network, web, and mobile application penetration testing, and giving information security training. In his spare time, he deepens his knowledge and skills in information fields.

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