CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-002)

CompTIA PenTest+ is an intermediate cybersecurity qualification for professionals dealing with hands-on penetration testing to identify, report, manage, and exploit network vulnerabilities. Offering candidates the latest insight and best practices for penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, and management, the PenTest+ syllabus has proven extremely popular – and candidates are highly sought after! Kickstart your CompTIA PenTest+ training today with Good e-Learning!

Planning and Scoping – 15%

Learning Objectives

The importance of planning for engagements
Key legal concepts
Essential aspects of compliance-based assessments

Information Gathering and Vulnerability Identification – 22%

Learning Objectives

Appropriate techniques for conducting information gathering
How to perform vulnerability scans and analyze results
How to prepare for exploitation by leveraging information
Weak points related to specialized systems

Attacks and Exploits – 30%

Learning Objectives

Different social engineering attacks
How to exploit vulnerabilities in a network
How to exploit radio frequency (RF) and wireless-based vulnerabilities
How to exploit vulnerabilities in an application
How to exploit vulnerabilities with a localhost
Physical security attacks linked to facilities
Best practices/ techniques for post-exploitation

Penetration Testing Tools – 17%

Learning Objectives

How to gather information using Network Mapper (NMAP)
How to compare/ contrast different use cases for tools
How to analyze tool data or outputs to support penetration testing
How to analyze basic scripts (in Python, Ruby, Bash, or PowerShell only)

Reporting and Communication – 16%

Learning Objectives

Best practices for writing and handing reports
Key activities for post-report delivery
Proven mitigation strategies for handling discovered vulnerabilities
The importance of communication throughout penetration testing

To earn the CompTIA PenTest+ qualification, students must first pass the PT0-002 certification exam. This certifies that a candidate has the skills and knowledge required to scope and plan penetration testing engagements, including how to carry out vulnerability scanning, the importance of compliance and legal requirements, how to analyze results, and the correct remediation techniques for producing written reports.

To help students with their CompTIA PenTest+ training costs, this course also comes with a free certification exam voucher.

CompTIA PenTest+ PT0-002 exam:

  • Exam Code: PT0-002

  • Maximum 85 questions

  • Multiple choice and performance-based

  • 165 minutes

  • Passing score: 750 (on a scale of 100-900)

  • Recommended experience: Security+, Network+, or equivalent training/knowledge. A minimum of three to four years of hands-on experience in information security or related fields. While there are no strict prerequisites, PenTest+ should ideally follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent technical and hands-on experience.

What is CompTIA?

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association. It issues professional certifications for the IT sector, upskilling candidates to tackle the most pressing priorities and skill shortages facing IT-powered organizations.

With its focus on practical skills and commitment to regularly updating its certification courses in line with industry developments, CompTIA is considered one of the best trade associations in the IT industry.

What is CompTIA’s relationship with Good e-Learning?

Good e-Learning is an award-winning training provider with world-class courses across multiple corporate disciplines and frameworks, including ITIL 4, DevOps, RESILIA Cyber Resilience, TOGAF, and more. The company is also a fully accredited training provider for CompTIA.

What is CompTIA PenTest+?

CompTIA PenTest+ is a qualification focused on vulnerability management and penetration testing. It is ideal for cybersecurity professionals.

What kind of organization is CompTIA PenTest+ suited for?

CompTIA PenTest+ sets the industry standard for penetration testing, making it an excellent choice for organizations that want to optimize cybersecurity and minimize vulnerability. CompTIA PenTest+ practitioners can work with both traditional operating systems and devices and new technology such as mobile devices, embedded systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Several top-tier organizations either recommend or require CompTIA PenTest+ certification for penetration testing job roles. These include: Global Cyber Security, SecureWorks, North State Technology Solutions, BlackFire Consulting, TransUnion, Integra LifeSciences, Enterprise Holdings, and Paylocity.

What professions is CompTIA PenTest+ suited for?

Studying the CompTIA PenTest+ syllabus is highly recommended for professionals involved in penetration testing.

Relevant professions include: Vulnerability tester, Security analyst, Vulnerability assessment analyst, Network security operations, and Application security vulnerability.

What does the CompTIA certification path look like?

The CompTIA certification path provides several foundational modules for IT professionals, as well as intermediate options focused on Infrastructure, Cyber Security, and Professional Skills.

The certification path is fully aligned with several defined IT career pathways, and candidates are advised to consider their experience and existing qualifications before selecting a module.

How much is CompTIA PenTest+ certification worth?

Cybersecurity is a varied and growing discipline seeing a great deal of demand from organizations all over the world. Passing the CompTIA PenTest+ is an excellent way for candidates to take full advantage of new opportunities and stand out among non-certified colleagues.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the qualification’s relevant job roles are listed under ‘Information Security Analysts’. The number of jobs in this category is expected to see 31% growth by 2029. In 2019, the median pay within the category was $99,730.

Who is this course aimed at?

  • Penetration/Vulnerability Testers

  • Security Analysts

  • Vulnerability Assessment Analysts

  • Network Security Operations

  • Security Consultants

  • Cloud Penetration Testers

  • Web App Penetration Testers

  • Cloud Security Specialists

  • Network & Security Specialists

What will you learn by taking this course?

  • How to plan and scope out penetration testing engagements in relation to governance, risk, and compliance concepts. Candidates also learn how to carry out engagements while demonstrating an ethical hacking mindset or scoping organizational and customer requirements

  • How legal and compliance requirements apply to penetration testing

  • How to use appropriate tools and techniques to perform vulnerability scanning, management, and reconnaissance, as well as penetration testing. The module also outlines how to analyze the results

  • How to create written reports outlining proposed remediation techniques, communicate results to managers, and offer practical recommendations to stakeholders

  • How to expand attack surfaces, research social engineering techniques, perform wireless, network, and application-based attacks (along with attacks on cloud technologies), and perform post-exploitation techniques

  • Updated code analysis tools for identifying scripts in different software deployments, explaining use cases for different tools at various phases of a penetration test, analyzing script/code samples, and more

Why should you take this course?

  • CompTIA PenTest+ uses both multiple-choice and hands-on, performance-based questions. Because of this, passing the exam will immediately validate a candidate’s skills, knowledge, and capabilities

  • The exam also covers managerial skills for planning, scoping out, managing, and exploiting weaknesses

  • CompTIA PenTest+ practitioners are highly valued for their ability to test devices in new environments, such as mobile and cloud, as well as traditional servers and desktops

  • The CompTIA PenTest+ covers the most recent skills in vulnerability assessment and penetration testing required to determine the resiliency of a framework

  • CompTIA PenTest+ practitioners are capable of customizing assessment frameworks to collaborate on reporting findings and communicate recommended strategies to enhance IT security

  • Several leading organizations contributed to PenTest+, including Global Cyber Security, North State Technology Solutions, TransUnion, Integra LifeSciences, Johns Hopkins University, and ASICS Corporation

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs roles requiring skills and knowledge in penetration testing will see 31% overall growth by 2029

  • The overall penetration testing market is estimated to increase by 21.8% from 2020 to 2025

  • CompTIA has set a global standard for computing networking, support, cloud, mobility, security, and open-source development for over 20 years. Its certification syllabuses are also updated regularly to meet new requirements and challenges

  • This CompTIA PenTest+ course comes with a variety of CompTIA online training assets, including instructor guides, videos, lab work, study guides, tools, and assessments

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  • Course duration: 40+ hours

  • Access period: 12 months

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