Certified Penetration Testing Engineer Certification - C)PTE Course Outline

(5 Days)


The vendor neutral Certified Penetration Testing Engineer certification course is built firmly upon proven, hands-on, Penetration Testing methodologies utilized by our international group of Penetration Testing consultants.
The Certified Penetration Testing Engineer exam is taken online through Mile2’s Assessment and Certification System (


), which is accessible on your mile2.com account. The exam will take 2 hours and consist of 100 multiple choice questions. The cost is $400 USD and must be purchased from Mile2.comElements of Pen Testing; Information Gathering, Scanning, Enumeration, Exploitation and Reporting. The latest vulnerabilities will be discovered using these tried and true techniques.

This course also enhances the business skills needed to identify protection opportunities, justify testing activities and optimize security controls to reduce risk associated to working with the internet. The student will be using the latest tools, such as Saint, Metasploit through Kali Linux and Microsoft PowerShell.
Mile2 goes far beyond simply teaching you to


. The C)PTE was developed around principles and behaviors used to combat malicious hackers and focuses on professional penetration testing rather than

ethical hacking

Besides utilizing ethical hacking methodologies, the student should be prepared to learn penetration testing methodologies using advanced persistent threat techniques. In this course, you will go through a complete penetration test from A-Z! You’ll learn to create your own assessment report and apply your knowledge immediately in the work force.

With this in mind, the CPTE certification course is a complete up-grade to the EC-Council CEH! The C)PTE exam is taken any time/anywhere on-line through mile2’s MACS system, making the exam experience easy and mobile. Student does not need to take the C)PTE course to attempt the C)PTE exam.

Audience Profile

  • Pen Testers
  • Ethical Hackers
  • Network Auditors
  • Cyber Security Professionals
  • Vulnerability Assessors
  • Cyber Security


  • A minimum of 12 months experience in networking technologies
  • Sound knowledge of TCP/IP
  • Knowledge of Microsoft packages

  • Network+, Microsoft, Security+
  • Basic Knowledge of Linux is essential

At Course Completion

Upon completion, Certified Penetration Testing Engineer students will be able to establish industry acceptable auditing standards with current best practices and policies. Students will also be prepared to competently take the C)PTE exam.

Course Outline

Module 1: Business and Technical Logistics of Pen Testing

Lab Getting Set Up

  • Exercise 1 Naming and subnet assignments
  • Exercise 2 Discovering your class share
  • Exercise 3 VM Image Preparation
  • Exercise 4 Discovering the Student Materials
  • Exercise 5 PDF Penetration Testing Methodologys review

Module 2: Linux Fundamentals

Lab Linux Fundamentals

  • Exercise 1 ifconfig
  • Exercise 2 Mounting a USB Thumb Drive
  • Exercise 3 Mount a Windows partition
  • Exercise 4 VNC Server
  • Exercise 5 Preinstalled tools in BackTrack 5

Module 3: Information Gathering

Lab Information Gathering

  • Exercise 1 Google Queries
  • Exercise 2 Footprinting Tools
  • Exercise 3 Getting everything you need with Maltego
  • Exercise 4 Using Firefox for Pen Testing
  • Exercise 5 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 4: Detecting Live Systems

Module 4 Lab Detecting Live Systems

  • Exercise 1Look@LAN
  • Exercise 2 Zenmap
  • Exercise 3 Zenmap in BackTrack 5
  • Exercise 4 NMAP Command Line
  • Exercise 5 Hping2
  • Exercise 6 Unicornscan
  • Exercise 7 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 5: Enumeration

Lab Reconnaissance

  • Exercise 1 Banner Grabbing
  • Exercise 2 Zone Transfers
  • Exercise 3 SNMP Enumeration
  • Exercise 4 LDAP Enumeration
  • Exercise 5 Null Sessions
  • Exercise 6 SMB Enumeration
  • Exercise 7 SMTP Enumeration
  • Exercise 8 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 6: Vulnerability Assessments

Lab Vulnerability Assessment

  • Exercise 1 Run Nessus for Windows
  • Exercise 2 Run Saint
  • Exercise 3 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 7: Malware Goes Undercover

Lab Malware

  • Exercise 1 Netcat (Basics of Backdoor Tools)
  • Exercise 2 Exploiting and Pivoting our Attack
  • Exercise 3 Creating a Trojan
  • Exercise 4 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 8: Windows Hacking

Lab Windows Hacking

  • Exercise 1 Cracking a Windows Password with Linux
  • Exercise 2 Cracking a Windows Password with Cain
  • Exercise 3 Covering your tracks via Audit Logs
  • Exercise 4 Alternate Data Streams
  • Exercise 5 Stegonagraphy
  • Exercise 6 Understanding Rootkits
  • Exercise 7- Windows 7 Client Side Exploit (Browser)
  • Exercise 8- Windows 2008 SMBv2 Exploit
  • Exercise 9 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 9: Hacking UNIX/Linux

Lab Hacking UNIX/Linux

  • Exercise 1 Setup and Recon Do you remember how?
  • Exercise 2 Making use of a poorly configured service
  • Exercise 3 Cracking a Linux password
  • Exercise 4 Creating a backdoor and covering our tracks
  • Exercise 5 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 10: Advanced Exploitation Techniques

Lab Advanced Vulnerability and Exploitation Techniques

  • Exercise 1 Metasploit Command Line
  • Exercise 2 Metasploit Web Interface
  • Exercise 3 Exploit-DB.com
  • Exercise 4 Saint
  • Exercise 5 Documentation

Module 11: Pen Testing Wireless Networks

Lab Attacking Wireless Networks

  • Exercise 1 War Driving Lab
  • Exercise 2 WEP Cracking Lab (classroom only)
  • Exercise 3 Documentation

Module 12: Networks, Sniffing and IDS

Lab Networks, Sniffing and IDS

  • Exercise 1 Capture FTP Traffic
  • Exercise 2 ARP Cache Poisoning Basics
  • Exercise 3 ARP Cache Poisoning – RDP
  • Exercise 4 Documentation

Module 13: Injecting the Database

Lab Database Hacking

  • Exercise 1 Hacme Bank Login Bypass
  • Exercise 2 Hacme Bank Verbose Table Modification
  • Exercise 3 Hacme Books Denial of Service
  • Exercise 4 Hacme Books Data Tampering
  • Exercise 5 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 14: Attacking Web Technologies

Lab Hacking Web Applications

  • Exercise 1 Input Manipulation
  • Exercise 2 Shoveling a Shell
  • Exercise 3 Hacme Bank Horizontal Privilege Escalation
  • Exercise 4 Hacme Bank Vertical Privilege Escalation
  • Exercise 5 Hacme Bank Cross Site Scripting
  • Exercise 6 Documentation of the assigned tasks

Module 15: Project Documentation

A5 Lab Cryptography

  • Exercise 1 Caesar Encryption
  • Exercise 2 RC4 Encryption
  • Exercise 3 IPSec Deployment Post-Class Lab CORE IMPACT
  • Exercise 1 CORE IMPACT