Cybersecurity is becoming the prominent need of every business as many organizations are not equipped to deal with cyber crimes and hence, fall prey to these attacks. The most appropriate way to deal with cyber attacks is to have a comprehensive security testing strategy, that can help point out the flaws of your security strategy.
What Is Penetration Testing?
Penetration testing is the process of testing your system for vulnerabilities, which is conducted with a similar simulation of performing a real-time hack. Pentesting impacts the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data to understand the extent of the real attack. The pen-test is performed by a qualified and trained pentester, officially hired to validate the current security norms and identify the vulnerabilities in them.
Penetration testing is a combination of skill and knowledge. To be a penetration tester, you must have the skill to perceive things differently and should have knowledge of various pentesting methodologies, techniques, and tools. Penetration testers are also expected to keep themselves updated with the latest hacking technologies.
Attempt the LPT (Master) Through ECCU
There are good penetration testers and there are great penetration testers. The difference can be identified when you pursue the online Licensed Penetration Testing (Master) training and credentialing program through the Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Specializing as a Security Analyst or our Graduate Certificate Security Analyst program.
The LPT (Master) is the first fully online and remotely proctored penetration testing practical exam that tests your penetration ability to the brink of your exhaustion. The grueling 18-hour exam is categorized into three levels, 6-hours each, which will test your performance, perseverance, and focus. As you progress through these three levels you will be required to penetrate the host by using the applied penetration testing tools to exfiltrate the data which was challenged for.
The penetration testing exam will put you in a real-life experience where you are required to demonstrate mastery in the following processes on hardened, machines and networks –
- Deploying advanced pen testing tools and techniques
- Multi-level pivoting
- OS vulnerabilities exploits
- SSH tunneling
- Host-based application exploits
- Privilege escalation
- Web server and web application exploitation
- SQL injection and parameter manipulation
We also understand the importance of attaining a credible certification, especially in the job market, and so, the online test will be under the supervision of EC-Council proctors who will be online and live with you throughout the 18-hours. During the entire process, you will be tested for your mental strength and your ability to make knowledgeable decisions under immense pressure.
Skills that are instilled through the LPT (Master) certification:
- Demonstrating a repeatable and measurable approach to penetration testing
- Performing advanced attacks to identify SQL injection, LFI, RFI, Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in the web applications.
- Exploiting vulnerabilities in different operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Mac.
- Writing of exploit codes to gain access to a vulnerable application or system.
- Preparing a professional report on industrial standards that can achieve management and technical buy-in.
- Demonstrating out-of-the-box and ‘lateral’ thinking
- Performing privilege escalation to gain root access to a system.
Master of Science in Cybersecurity with Specialization in Security Analyst
ECCU’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity is an online 2-year program categorized into 4 terms of 12 weeks each. The course is instructor-led by credentialed professors which allows students to complete the course in the given time-frame with an access to appropriate technologies and tools, discussions and presentations.
ECCU MSCS brings you an option to specialize in a domain of your choice. The student can select any specialization among the five industry subjects, each of them assuring structured career growth and wide-range of opportunities within their scope.
The Security Analyst specialization offers seamless learning on testing methods and techniques to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities while assessing the networks and systems, performing penetration testing and securing wireless networks in accordance with pre-approved protocols. The unique feature of Security Analyst specialization is that it gives you an option to earn four of the EC-Council certifications which include:
- Certified Network Defender
- Certified Ethical Hacker
- EC-Council Certified Security Analyst
- Licensed Penetration Tester (Master)
The MSCS Security Analyst’s course curriculum encapsulates ECCU 506 – Conducting Penetration and Security Tests as one of the modules. ECCU 506 is aimed to focus on international standards of penetration testing. The topics included are as follows-
|Customers and legal agreements||Penetration testing planning and scheduling|
|Information gathering||Router penetration testing|
|External and internal network penetration testing||Firewalls penetration testing|
|Intrusion detection||System penetration testing|
|Wireless networks penetration testing||PDA and cellphone penetration testing|
|Penetration testing report and documentation writing|
To begin your career as a penetration tester or to upgrade yourself from an Ethical Hacker to a Penetration Tester, the Masters in Cybersecurity with System Analyst as a specialization would be a great advice to consider. In addition to this, the Licensed Penetration Testing (Master) Certification can help you in taking your career to the peak.
ECCU also offers a Graduate Certificate Security Analyst Program which is also mapped to Certification in Licensed Penetration Testing (Master). The modules of this cybersecurity graduate certificate program encapsulate security analysis, vulnerability assessment, securing wireless networks, and penetration testing.