If you are new to penetration testing or just starting out, you will want to read through this information and watch the included video. In order to become a better penetration tester, you need a lot of practice. In order to practice and hone your skills, you need to build a penetration testing lab first. Thanks to virtualization software, you can build a very simple lab and begin testing the concepts that you are learning about. Once you learn the basic concepts, you can add more complexity to your penetration testing lab. As you start out though, you will want to keep your lab setup fairly simple.
The first thing you will need is virtualization software:
- Virtualbox (Windows/Mac/Linux)
- VMware Workstation (Windows)