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PenTest: Build Your Own Pentest Lab for 2024


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Dear PenTest Readers,

In the rapidly evolving landscape of cybersecurity, the need for robust penetration testing skills has never been more critical. The 2024 edition of "Build Your Own Pentest Lab" magazine emerges as a beacon for cybersecurity professionals, enthusiasts, and students aiming to refine their offensive security capabilities and understanding of the digital frontier's challenges. This month, our magazine dives deep into the art and science of setting up comprehensive, cutting-edge penetration testing laboratories tailored to the nuances of the current cyber landscape.

Our carefully curated articles, including "Improve Your Pentest Skills in 2024: Comprehensive Laboratory Setup," "Security at the Edge," and "Design Your Penetration Testing Setup," among others, offer invaluable insights into creating environments that simulate real-world networks, applications, and systems vulnerabilities. These pieces not only guide you through the technical setups but also imbue the strategic mindset required to uncover and mitigate security risks effectively.

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to weave itself into the fabric of daily life and business operations, expanding the attack surface for cyber threats. Our features on IoT in 2024 and uncovering attack paths based on misconfiguration provide a foresight into securing tomorrow's interconnected world. Furthermore, the emphasis on customer collaboration in pentest projects highlights the importance of communication and partnership in achieving comprehensive security postures.

For micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the introduction of the Business Domain Specific Least Cybersecurity Controls Implementation (bdslcci) Framework marks a significant step towards tailored, efficient, and effective cybersecurity measures. This initiative underscores our commitment to inclusivity, ensuring businesses of all sizes have access to the knowledge and tools necessary to fortify their defenses against cyber adversaries.

As you turn the pages of "Build Your Own Pentest Lab in 2024," you'll find yourself on a journey through the multifaceted world of penetration testing. From setting up your personal pentest lab to understanding the critical need for domain-specific cybersecurity frameworks for MSMEs, this magazine is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and insights to navigate the complexities of today's cybersecurity challenges and emerge victorious.

Welcome to your comprehensive guide to building a resilient, future-proof pentest lab in 2024. Let's embark on this journey together, forging paths towards a more secure digital tomorrow.

Without further ado,
Let’s dive in the reading process!

PenTest Magazine’s Editorial Team


Build Your Own Pentest Lab for 2024

Ross Moore

You want to get started in pentesting, but you:

  1. Don't have a victim, er, target machine that is safe to test (testing the targets you know is unethical and could get you jail time).
  2. Think that setting up a vulnerable lab is expensive.
  3. Don’t have a clue where to even start.

Penetration Testing can mean all kinds of things, depending on all kinds of factors. Let’s see if we can help you get started.

The power of customer collaboration in pentest projects

Luis Abreu

The goal of many pentesters is to improve security. Yet, the deliverable for many pentests is still not cybersecurity but simply a pentest report. That gap in goals versus results remains significant and impactful. 

The Internet of Things (IOT) in 2024

Priyanka Tomar

The Internet of Things (IoT) has undergone a very fast evolution, fundamentally altering the way we engage with our surroundings, be it our home or office. This change has introduced unprecedented convenience and connectivity across various aspects of our lives including industries, healthcare facilities and our homes as well.

Uncovering Attack Paths Based on Misconfiguration

Filipi Pires

Cybersecurity threats are continually evolving, demanding a proactive approach to safeguarding digital assets. One critical aspect of defense is comprehending and securing attack paths—the systematic routes malicious actors take to compromise systems, networks, or organizations. This article explores the concept of attack paths, shedding light on their components, significance, and strategies for fortifying cybersecurity defenses.

Design Your Penetration Testing Setup

Kai Aizen

As we navigate through the complexities of modern cybersecurity penetration testing (pentesting) remains a crucial practice for organisations and individuals alike. As we step into 2024, the digital ecosystem has become more complex and interconnected, making the role of pentesting more significant than ever. This form of ethical hacking serves not just to highlight vulnerabilities in systems and networks but also to prepare cybersecurity professionals for the sophisticated cyber threats of the modern age.

Improve Your Pentest Skills in 2024

Dr.Berker KILIC

Building your own penetration testing (pentest) lab is a great way to enhance your cybersecurity skills and test your knowledge in a controlled environment. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you create your own pentest lab for 2024.

Setting up a personal penetration testing

Enoch Anbu Arasu

Penetration Testing is used to evaluate a computer system’s security by performing authorized simulated attacks. A cybersecurity expert performs penetration testing to identify vulnerabilities and weak spots in a system’s security which hackers or attackers could exploit. A penetration test is also known as pen test and, a penetration tester is called an ethical hacker.

Need of Business Domain Specific Least Cybersecurity Controls Implementation (bdslcci) Framework for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises

Dr. Shekhar Ashok Pawar

Various cyber threats are rising across industries, including Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Depending on turnover, employee strength, or business domain, definition of such companies changes region-wise; a few countries call these organizations Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) or Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Globally, more than 400 million SMEs are part of 90% of the business population.

Security at the Edge

Ross Moore

Imagine a personal assistant who anticipates your business needs and provides solutions immediately without having to consult a central office. Just like how a personal assistant stationed at your side can quickly address your requests and provide tailored assistance, edge computing processes data locally, near its source, enabling rapid responses and customized solutions without the delays associated with centralized processing.

10 Burning Questions about Pentestlab - Interview with Ross Moore

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