CompTIA set to bridge cyber security skills gap 

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 4 October 2018

CompTIA, an IT certification body, recently launched a training and certification program titled, CompTIA PenTest+, to meet the rising demand for professional cybersecurity Penetration Testers in India.

Pune: CompTIA, an IT certification body, recently launched a training and certification program titled, CompTIA PenTest+, to meet the rising demand for professional cybersecurity Penetration Testers in India.

Penetration testing is a mandatory component of IT security spending for every organisation in this age of connected and vulnerable IT networks. Cyber attacks are disruptive for businesses or public services and present opportunities for misuse of sensitive information such as financial credentials or competitive strategies.

Hackers are becoming increasingly smarter and more organised with the rising accessibility of capacity enhancing technologies such as AI, machine learning and cryptocurrency mining. Despite the fact that modern IT devices and applications come with advanced inbuilt security features, compromises are continually increasing.

“CompTIA launched the latest, most advanced Penetration Testing training and certification precisely to fill in the gaping skill gap in this domain and equip professionals with the latest technologies used for penetration testing. CompTIA PenTest+ is intended for cyber security professionals with intermediate-level experience. It focuses on affirmative action through penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. The program will teach candidates about launching attacks on systems, discovering vulnerabilities and managing them. It will help those tasked with identifying, exploiting, reporting and managing vulnerabilities in the system”, said Pradipto Chakrabarty, Regional Director, CompTIA India.

“The CompTIA PenTest+ aims to cover the end to end process of penetration testing starting from planning, scoping, information gathering, understanding the different attacks and exploits, mastery on modern penetration testing tools, as well as ways to report and communicate the findings to the management. The program focuses on teaching how to execute penetration testing on different flavors of operating systems as well as modern technology implementations such as ICS (Industrial Control Systems), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), mobile, IoT (Internet of Things), embedded systems, biometrics, Point of Sale and others.” said Dennis Kwok, Vice President APAC, CompTIA.

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