Introduction to Basic Vulnerability Assessment Skills

This course introduces the preparatory skills needed to learn penetration testing and vulnerability assessment, and familiarizes Information Technology support personnel and managers with the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) that are used by attackers and penetration testers. Participants will have an increased knowledge and understanding about the tools used in a cyber-attack and in turn be better able to prepare defenses. The course focuses on the basic skills and knowledge needed to conduct and plan vulnerability assessments and penetration tests as well as show how to legally and ethically conduct tests and assessments. Participants will be introduced to Open Source tools such as Metasploit and Nmap, as well as methodologies for researching vulnerabilities. This course is designed based on research and federal agency reports.

Course syllabus:

  1. Ethics of Penetration Testing

  2. Network and OS Vulnerabilities

  3. Social Engineering Tools

  4. Network Mapping

  5. Packet Analysis (Network Forensics)

  6. Introduction to Metasploit