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Starting in pen testing

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Hey Y'all,

First off thanks for taking the time to read this, and second I have always been interested in pen testing I am currently studying networking and was wondering if there are any good reads and or practice labs you wold recommend on setting up for a learning tool. 
 

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There are a few great books, https://www.nostarch.com/pentesting is one that Shannon actually recommended and is a great read.

It's not too expensive, and it gives an idea on how to get started and see if it's really something you want to do.

http://thehackerplaybook.com/dashboard/ is also a nice one.

 

As for building a lab. Any open source VM system, some Virtual machines, and start poking and seeing what you can figure.

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start with some reading up on the concepts, and video tuts form places like security tube, youtube will get you started. Cybrary is more like reading for theory and concept, and sure they give you some ideas on tools to try, but not much hands on hacking as much as reading help files. Georgia Wiedman's course is the exception though, and she goes through some basics of using linux in general to methods of penetration testing(she also wrote a book). There is also the guide to Metasploit - https://www.nostarch.com/metasploit which may have a little bit difference from the latest and greatest MSF, but is still a good primer as well as the offsec MSFU wiki. https://www.offensive-security.com/metasploit-unleashed/

When you're ready to try actually performing the tasks, you'll need a lab. For me, I have vmware and virtual box setup so I can run Kali in a VM and import various CTF's to play with. Vulnhub is an EXCELLENT site for just such fun. Getting OVA's to play nice in vmware is a PITA though, so I run both vmware for kali and virtualbox to host the OVA's. 

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