Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PEN-200) is the foundational course at Offensive Security. Those new to OffSec or penetration testing should start here.
This online ethical hacking course is self-paced. It introduces penetration testing tools and techniques via hands-on experience. PEN-200 trains not only the skills, but also the mindset required to be a successful penetration tester.
Students who complete the course and pass the exam earn the coveted Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.
Materials include:
* 17+ hours of video
* 850-page PDF course guide
* 75 lab machines
* Access to virtual lab environment
* Active student forums
* Course includes two atempts at the 24-hour exam
* 365 days lab access
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  • Solid understanding of TCP/IP networking.
  • We recommend a minimum of 4 GB of RAM installed with at least a dual-core CPU and 20 GB of free hard drive space.
  • Students using the new version of PWK should use the VM recommended here: https://support.offensive-security.com/kali-vm/
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* Using information gathering techniques to identify and enumerate targets running various operating systems and services
* Writing basic scripts and tools to aid in the penetration testing process
* Analyzing, correcting, modifying, cross-compiling, and porting public exploit code
* Conducting remote, local privilege escalation, and client-side attacks
* Identifying and exploiting XSS, SQL injection, and file inclusion vulnerabilities in web applications
* Leveraging tunneling techniques to pivot between networks
* Creative problem solving and lateral thinking skills
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Penetration Testing: What You Should Know:
* Getting Comfortable with Kali Linux
* Command Line Fun
* Practical Tools
* Bash Scripting
* Passive Information Gathering
* Active Information Gathering
* Vulnerability Scanning
* Web Application Attacks
* Introduction to Buffer Overflows
* Windows Buffer Overflows
* Linux Buffer Overflows
* Client-Side Attacks
* Locating Public Exploits
* Fixing Exploits
* File Transfers
* Antivirus Evasion
* Privilege Escalation
* Password Attacks
* Port Redirection and Tunneling
* Active Directory Attacks
* The Metasploit Framework
* PowerShell Empire
* Assembling the Pieces: Penetration Test Breakdown
* Trying Harder: The Labs
View the in-depth syllabus here.
Students who complete the course and pass the exam earn the coveted Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.
Once you’ve completed PWK and practiced your skills in the labs, you’re ready to take the certification exam. OSCP is a foundational penetration testing certification, intended for those seeking a step up in their skills and career.
The OSCP exam has a 24-hour time limit and consists of a hands-on penetration test in our isolated VPN network. You’ll receive the exam and connectivity instructions for an isolated network for which you have no prior knowledge or exposure. Points are awarded for each compromised host, based on their difficulty and level of access obtained.
You must submit a comprehensive penetration test report as part of your exam. Reports should contain in-depth notes and screenshots detailing your findings. This exam is proctored.
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