Cyber Security Certification: GPEN

Cyber Security Certification: GPEN


The GIAC Penetration Tester certification validates a practitioner's ability to properly conduct a penetration test, using best practice techniques and methodologies. GPEN certification holders have the knowledge and skills to conduct exploits and engage in detailed reconnaissance, as well as utilize a process-oriented approach to penetration testing projects.

Areas Covered

Who is GPEN for?

GPEN with CyberLive

GIAC knows that cyber security professionals need:

In response to this industry-wide need, GIAC developed CyberLive - hands-on, real-world practical testing.

CyberLive testing creates a lab environment where cyber practitioners prove their knowledge, understanding, and skill using:

Candidates are asked practical questions that require performance of real-world-like tasks that mimic specialized job roles.

Find out more about CyberLive here.

Requirements

Note:

GIAC reserves the right to change the specifications for each certification without notice. Based on a scientific passing point study, the passing point for the GPEN exam has been determined to be 74% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after December 20th, 2012. To verify the format and passing point of your specific certification attempt, read the Certification Information found in your account at https://exams.giac.org/pages/attempts.

Delivery

NOTE: All GIAC exams are delivered through proctored test centers and must be scheduled in advance.
GIAC certification attempts will be activated in your GIAC account after your application has been approved and according to the terms of your purchase. Details on delivery will be provided along with your registration confirmation upon payment. You will receive an email notification when your certification attempt has been activated in your account. You will have 120 days from the date of activation to complete your certification attempt. GIAC exams must be proctored through Pearson VUE. Please click the following link for instructions on How to Schedule Your GIAC Proctored Exam http://www.giac.org/information/schedule_proctored_exam.pdf. GIAC exams are delivered online through a standard web browser.


Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

Advanced Password Attacks
The candidate will be able to use additional methods to attack password hashes and authenticate.
Attacking Password Hashes
The candidate will be able to obtain and attack password hashes and other password representations.
Domain Escalation and Persistence Attacks
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of common Windows privilege escalation attacks and Kerberos attack techniques that are used to consolidate and persist administrative access to Active Directory.
Escalation and Exploitation
The candidate will be able to demonstrate the fundamental concepts of exploitation, data exfiltration from compromised hosts and pivoting to exploit other hosts within a target network.
Exploitation Fundamentals
The candidate will be able to demonstrate the fundamental concepts associated with the exploitation phase of a pentest.
Kerberos Attacks
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of attacks against Active Directory including Kerberos attacks.
Metasploit
The candidate will be able to use and configure the Metasploit Framework at an intermediate level.
Moving Files with Exploits
The candidate will be able to use exploits to move files between remote systems.
Password Attacks
The candidate will understand types of password attacks, formats, defenses, and the circumstances under which to use each password attack variation. The candidate will be able to conduct password guessing attacks.
Password Formats and Hashes
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of common password hashes and formats for storing password data.
Penetration Test Planning
The candidate will be able to demonstrate the fundamental concepts associated with pen-testing, and utilize a process-oriented approach to penetration testing and reporting.
Penetration Testing with PowerShell and the Windows Command Line
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the use of advanced Windows command line skills during a penetration test, and demonstrate an understanding of the use of advanced Windows Power Shell skills during a penetration test.
Reconnaissance
The candidate will understand the fundamental concepts of reconnaissance and will understand how to obtain basic, high level information about the target organization and network, often considered information leakage, including but not limited to technical and non technical public contacts, IP address ranges, document formats, and supported systems.
Scanning and Host Discovery
The candidate will be able to use the appropriate technique to scan a network for potential targets, and to conduct port, operating system and service version scans and analyze the results.
Vulnerability Scanning
The candidate will be able to conduct vulnerability scans and analyze the results.
Web Application Injection Attacks
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how injection attacks work against web applications and how to conduct them.
Web Application Reconnaisance
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the use of tools and proxies to discover web application vulnerabilities.

*No Specific training is required for any GIAC certification. There are many sources of information available regarding the certification objectives' knowledge areas. Practical experience is an option; there are also numerous books on the market covering Computer Information Security. Another option is any relevant courses from training providers, including SANS.*

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