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GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)

Become a skilled ethical hacker and learn advanced penetration testing techniques to identify and remediate security weaknesses in networks and systems.

course: GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)

Duration: 5 days

Format: Virtual or Classroom

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Unleash your potential in ethical hacking with the Penetration Tester (GPEN) certified course. Led by industry experts, this program delivers hands-on training to master the art of penetration testing. Acquire advanced skills in identifying and addressing vulnerabilities, ensuring robust cybersecurity defenses. Elevate your expertise and validate your proficiency with the sought-after GPEN certification, positioning yourself as a cybersecurity professional.

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Who is this course for?

Who is the GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) training course for?

The GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) training course is designed for cybersecurity professionals, ethical hackers, and penetration testers seeking to enhance their skills in assessing and identifying vulnerabilities in networks and systems. The course covers topics such as penetration testing methodology, network and host enumeration, vulnerability identification and analysis, exploitation techniques, password attacks, web application penetration testing, wireless penetration testing, and post-exploitation techniques. By completing the course and earning the GPEN certification, individuals demonstrate their proficiency in conducting thorough penetration tests, identifying vulnerabilities, and providing recommendations to improve security. The certification validates their expertise in penetration testing and qualifies them to contribute to strengthening the security posture of organizations.


What you will learn during our GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) course.

  • Overview of penetration testing and ethical hacking concepts and methodology
  • Overview of penetration testing tools and techniques
  • Reconnaissance methods and tools (passive, active, OSINT)
  • Scanning methods and tools (port scanning, service scanning, vulnerability scanning)
  • Overview of exploitation techniques and challenges
  • Exploitation methods and tools (Metasploit, PowerShell Empire, etc.)
  • Postexploitation methods and tools (Mimikatz, BloodHound, etc.)
  • Privilege escalation methods and techniques (local, domain)
  • Overview of web application penetration testing concepts and challenges
  • Web application reconnaissance methods and tools (OWASP ZAP, Nikto, etc.)
  • Web application exploitation methods and tools (SQL injection, XSS, CSRF, etc.)
  • Web application postexploitation methods and tools (web shells, session hijacking, etc.)
  • Overview of network penetration testing concepts and challenges
  • Network reconnaissance methods and tools (Nmap, Netcat, Wireshark)
  • Network exploitation methods and tools (buffer overflows, RCE, file transfers)
  • Network postexploitation methods and tools (pivoting, port forwarding, tunneling)
  • Overview of wireless penetration testing concepts and challenges
  • Wireless reconnaissance methods and tools (aircrackng, Kismet)
  • Wireless exploitation methods and tools (WEP cracking, WPA cracking, Evil Twin)
  • Wireless postexploitation methods and tools ( Rogue APs, MITM attacks)
  • Overview of social engineering penetration testing concepts and challenges
  • Social engineering reconnaissance methods and tools (Maltego, theHarvester)
  • Social engineering exploitation methods and tools (phishing emails, malicious attachments)
  • Social engineering postexploitation methods and tools (keyloggers, webcams)


How to best be prepared for our GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) course.

  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic understanding of TCP/IP networking and protocols
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic familiarity with Linux and Windows operating systems and command line tools
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic knowledge of web application development and security
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic knowledge of scripting languages such as Python, PowerShell, or Ruby

Meet our instructors

Meet some of the Readynez Instructors you can meet on your course. They are experts, passionate about what they do, and dedicated to give back to their industry, their field, and those who want to learn, explore, and advance in their careers.


Kevin Henry

Kevin has served for years as an authorised instructor for (ISC)2 and is renowned for his 20-year contribution to learners training for IT security skills

Kevin Henry is a well-known and highly respected expert instructor with Readynez.

Kevin has served for many years as an authorised instructor for (ISC)2 and he is renowned for his 20-year contribution to learners training for IT security skills- and certifications such as the CISSP, CSSLP, CISM, CISA and CCSP everywhere in the world.

Kevin is a force to be reckoned with, being an authorised instructor and training no less than 9.000 online learners monthly in the fields of information security and audit, in addition to the many students that attend his instructor-led courses with Readynez

He is also one of the most highly-rated instructors and most often he is given scores of 10/10 by his delegates. 


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James Rowney

James is recognised for his more than 20 years of contribution to learning and certification within IT Security.

James has worked on many large mission critical environments in some of the largest companies in their industries.

Understanding business requirements and drivers are essential to any strategy and design. Understanding environments are key to any application or infrastructure changes, both the immediate services they interface with and those beyond. A failure to satisfy Non Functional Requirements can not be fixed by a process.

Specialties: CISSP, CCSP, AWS Solution Architect Associate, TOGAF 9 certified 86080 member of The Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA) - 27519830. BCS Solution & Enterprise Architect Certified - AMBCS - 990529878, Linux RHCE V5 expired, RHCVA Unix, Storage, SAN, Netbackup, Clusters, Design and Delivery of Infrastructure.


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Friedhelm Düsterhöft

Friedhelm Düsterhöft has 30+ years of work experience in IT, Information Security and Data Privacy.

Friedhelm Düsterhöft is a Senior Information Security Consultant, Auditor, Trainer and Managing Director, and has 30+ years of work experience in IT, Information Security and Data Privacy.

He has contributed to various PECB whitepapers and articles, such as ’Information Security in Banks and Financial Institutions’, ‘What Does SIEM Stand For?’, ‘Why Organizations Fail to Pass an Audit’ and “How to Integrate ISO/IEC 27032 Cybersecurity with ISMS?’.

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FAQs for the GPEN course.

Issued by Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) The GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) certification validates a practitioner's ability to properly conduct a penetration test using best-practice techniques and methodologies.

Elevate your career as a certified Penetration Tester! Join Readynez's specialized course to excel in the GPEN exam and achieve certification. Tailored training for individuals and teams ensures success. Let us guide you to become a certified expert in ethical hacking and penetration testing. Choose Readynez for effective preparation and confidently secure your path to GPEN certification. Elevate your skills and career in cybersecurity today!

Eligibility for the GPEN certification is flexible, with no specific prerequisites. However, candidates are encouraged to have a firm understanding of the Windows operating system, proficiency in using the Windows and Linux command line, knowledge of computer networking and TCP/IP protocols, and a basic understanding of cryptographic concepts

To register for a GPEN certification attempt, you need to submit an online application and pay a €1576 fee.

The GIAC GPEN exam syllabus focuses on key areas, including Network Security, System Security, Application Security, Data Security, Compliance and Auditing, and Incident Response. Covering architecture, technologies, policies, procedures, and threat landscapes, this comprehensive exam ensures proficiency in diverse cybersecurity domains.

Obtaining the GIAC GPEN certification can significantly boost your career in the field of cybersecurity. It validates your expertise in penetration testing and ethical hacking, making you a valuable asset for organizations seeking skilled professionals. The certification enhances your credibility, opens doors to new opportunities, and often leads to higher earning potential.

The time to become GIAC GPEN certified varies based on factors like experience and study commitment. On average, candidates may spend several weeks to a few months preparing for the GPEN exam, studying objectives, enrolling in courses, gaining experience, and taking practice tests.

All GIAC Certification exams are web-based and are required to be proctored. There are two proctoring options: remote proctoring through ProctorU, and onsite proctoring through PearsonVUE.

The difficulty of passing the Penetration Tester (GPEN) exam can vary depending on your experience, knowledge, and preparation. The Penetration Tester (GPEN) certification is designed for individuals who want to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the field of penetration testing.

To pass the GPEN exam, candidates must score at least 75%.

All GIAC certifications must be renewed every four years, with registration available two years before the expiration date.

Penetration testing is a lucrative career path, offering competitive salaries ranging from $57,000 to $134,000 based on experience levels. Professionals in this field, particularly those with the GPEN certification, command a median annual salary of around $100,000. This figure surpasses the national average salary of $51,960 across all professions, highlighting the value and demand for skilled penetration testers.


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