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Penetration testing and Ethical Hacking

A 5 day
training course

Penetration testing training course description

An advanced technical hands on course focusing on hacking and counter hacking. The course revolves around a series of exercises based on "hacking" into a network (pen testing the network) and then defending against the hacks.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Perform penetration tests.
  • Explain the technical workings of various penetration tests.
  • Produce reports on results of penetration tests.
  • Defend against hackers.

Penetration testing training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical support staff, auditors and security professionals. Staff who are responsible for network infrastructure integrity.
IP Security
5 days

Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning. Hands on sessions are used throughout to allow delegates to consolidate their new skills.

Overall rating:

Customer reviews

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S. Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M. London Internet Exchange

Penetration testing training course contents

Hacking concepts, phases, types of attacks, “White hacking”, What is penetration testing? Why use pen testing, black box vs. white box testing, equipment and tools, security lifecycles, counter hacking, pen testing reports, methodologies, legal issues.

Physical security and social engineering
Testing access controls, perimeter reviews, location reviews, alarm response testing. Request testing, guided suggestions, trust testing. Social engineering concepts, techniques, counter measures, Identity theft, Impersonation on social media, Footprints through social engineering

Reconnaissance (discovery)
Footprinting methodologies, concepts, threats and countermeasures, WHOIS footprinting, Gaining contacts and addresses, DNS queries, NIC queries, ICMP ping sweeping, system and server trails from the target network, information leaks, competitive intelligence. Scanning pen testing.

Gaining access
Getting past passwords, password grinding, spoofed tokens, replays, remaining anonymous.

Scanning (enumeration)
Gaining OS info, platform info, open port info, application info. Routes used, proxies, firewalking, Port scanning, stealth port scanning, vulnerability scanning, FIN scanning, Xmas tree scanning, Null scanning, spoofed scanning, Scanning beyond IDS. Enumeration concepts, counter measures and enumeration pen testing.

Hacking webservers, web applications, Wireless networks and mobile platforms. Concepts, threats, methodology, hacking tools and countermeasures.

Trojan, Backdoors, Sniffers, Viruses and Worms
Detection, concepts, countermeasures, Pen testing Trojans, backdoors, sniffers and viruses. MAC attacks, DHCP attacks, ARP poisoning, DNS poisoning Anti-Trojan software, Malware analysis Sniffing tools.

Exploiting (testing) vulnerabilities
Buffer overflows,, simple exploits, brute force methods, UNIX based, Windows based, specific application vulnerabilities.

Concepts, techniques, attack tools, Botnet, countermeasures, protection tools, DoS attack pen testing.

SQL Injection
Types and testing, Blind SQL Injection, Injection tools, evasion and countermeasures

Securing networks
“Hurdles”, firewalls, DMZ, stopping port scans, IDS, Honeypots, Router testing, firewall testing, IDS testing, Buffer Overflow.

PKI, Encryption algorithms, tools, Email and Disk Encryption.

Information security
Document grinding, privacy.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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