Testing Infrastructure

Testing network and physical security measures are an important part of a security plan. Learn about vulnerability scanning and the importance of assessing the impact vulnerabilities can have on organizations.


Testing infrastructure overview

Video — 00:04:30

With so many security vulnerabilities out there, a good IT security tech must know how to robustly test their network and physical security measures.

Social engineering

Video — 00:05:57

Tricking people into doing something, or divulging sensitive information – this is social engineering. This episode discusses a pretext, or believable story, that often goes along with this type of activity.

Social engineering attacks

Video — 00:10:47

Social engineering attacks can take place over the phone, in person, or through technology. This episode discusses concepts such as spam, phishing and DNS URL redirection.

Vulnerability assessments

Video — 00:08:59

This episode discusses how to use tools to identify security flaws on hosts or for a specific application. Topics include credential vs non-credential scans and keeping the vulnerability database up to date.

Penetration testing

Video — 00:09:47

This episode focuses on how penetration testing discovers and exploits security vulnerabilities. Concepts covered include known, partially known, and unknown testing types as well as the role that red, white, blue, and purple teams play.

Security assessment tools

Video — 00:11:37

Open-source and proprietary (paid) security assessment tools are used by security analysts and malicious actors​; what differs is the reason they are being used. The scanless tool uses Web sites to perform port scans​ while the hping3 tool allows for the

The metasploit framework

Video — 00:08:08

Penetration testers can use the cross-platform Metasploit framework command-line tool for discovering and exploiting security flaws on hosts.

Exam question review

Video — 00:01:46

Penetration testing provides insight as to how secure an organization’s physical and IT infrastructure really is. In this episode, a pen testing scenario is provided.

hping3 Forged packet lab

Video — 00:06:05

The hping3 tool provides many services, including the creation of network packets based on command-line parameters. This episode demonstrates to to craft packets using the hping3 tool.

Ask me anything

Video — 00:01:41

One aspect of security testing is determining if internal employees have an awareness of common security problems. In this episode, Mike discusses phishing and whaling.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the “Alpha Geek,” is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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