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Introduction to Security Assessments

Learn about penetration testing and vulnerability scanning as well as the importance of assessing the impact vulnerabilities can have on organizations.

3 videos  //  34 minutes of training

Course description

This course compares and contrasts two types of security assessments: penetration testing (pentesting) and vulnerability scanning. It introduces important pentesting and vulnerability terminology (black/white/gray-box testing, pivoting, false positives and more) and provides examples of common vulnerabilities and their potential impacts.

Course syllabus

Pentesting ConceptsDuration: 10:56

Vulnerability ScanningDuration: 7:23

Impact of VulnerabilitiesDuration: 15:40

Meet the author



At Infosec, we believe knowledge is the most powerful tool in the fight against cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with a full regimen of certification and skills training. We also empower all employees with security awareness training to stay cybersecure at work and home. Driven by smart people wanting to do good, Infosec educates entire organizations on how to defend themselves from cybercrime. That’s what we do every day — equipping everyone with the latest security skills so the good guys win.

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FireEye, Inc.

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Chief Information Officer

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Information Security Systems Officer

Plans and pricing





$599 / license

Annually. Includes all content plus team admin and reporting.