PenTest+ Launch Strategy
The PenTest+ exam is now available worldwide at Pearson VUE. Although the exam is available everywhere, CompTIA will not market the exam to the public until August 21, 2018, in order to help our partners prepare to teach PenTest+.
During the three-week period from July 31 to August 21, please do the following:
- Certify your instructors in PenTest+
- Guide your instructors to view the PenTest+ train-the-trainer series
- Select your courseware
- Obtain, prepare and deliver hands-on labs
CompTIA PenTest+ is a certification for intermediate level cybersecurity professionals who are tasked with penetration testing to identify, exploit, report, and manage vulnerabilities on a network.
PenTest+ assesses the most up-to-date penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks. Successful candidates will have the intermediate skills and best practices required to customize assessment frameworks to effectively collaborate on and report findings, and communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.
Application Security Engineer
Network Security Operations
Application Security Vulnerability
CompTIA Cybersecurity Certification Path
CompTIA PenTest+ joins CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) at the intermediate-skills level of the cybersecurity career pathway as shown below. Depending on your course of study, PenTest+ and CySA+ can be taken in any order but typically follows the skills learned in Security+. While CySA+ focuses on defense through incident detection and response, PenTest+ focuses on offense through penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. Although the two exams teach opposing skills, they are dependent on one another. The most qualified cybersecurity professionals have both offensive and defensive skills. Earn the PenTest+ certification to grow your career within the CompTIA recommended cybersecurity career pathway.
The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented.
PERCENTAGE OF EXAMINATION
1.0 Planning and Scoping
2.0 Information Gathering and Vulnerability Identification
3.0 Attacks and Exploits
4.0 Penetration Testing Tools
5.0 Reporting and Communication
The performance-based PenTest+ exam will include hands-on simulations. These simulations require test-takers to perform penetration testing and vulnerability assessment job tasks during the exam. To prepare for these performance-based assessments, trainers, educators and publishers should emphasize open-source penetration and vulnerability tools and teamwork.