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Metasploit by Mati Aharoni, Devon Kearns, Jim O'Gorman, David Kennedy

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Chapter 1. The Absolute Basics of Penetration Testing

Penetration testing is a way for you to simulate the methods that an attacker might use to circumvent security controls and gain access to an organization’s systems. Penetration testing is more than running scanners and automated tools and then writing a report. And you won’t become an expert penetration tester overnight; it takes years of practice and real-world experience to become proficient.

Currently, there is a shift in the way people regard and define penetration testing within the security industry. The Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES) is redefining the penetration test in ways that will affect both new and experienced penetration testers, and it has been adopted by several ...

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