GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)

- Only 5 Days

On this accelerated Firebrand course, you'll learn how to assess target networks and systems to find security vulnerabilities and sit the exam to get GIAC GPEN certified in just five days. New threats arise daily – with the GPEN course you’ll learn to defend your business by developing the skills to locate and mitigate IT security vulnerabilities, before they can be exploited.

Attack is the best form of defence - with GPEN you'll learn how to protect your business and achieve one of the most recognised penetration testing certifications in just five days. You’ll study penetration testing methodologies, legal issues and how to correctly conduct a real penetration test.

Hack your own organisation with GPEN

As well as studying the best practice techniques specific to penetration testing, you’ll also learn:


  • How to perform password attacks
  • Limitations and benefits of command shell access
  • Exploitation fundamentals
  • Web application probing and attacks
  • Target & vulnerability scanning

This Firebrand course prepares you for the GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) exam.

This course provides knowledge equivalent to the SANS SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking.

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Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be GPEN certified in just 5 days. With us, you’ll be GPEN trained in record time
  2. Our GPEN course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  3. Pass GPEN first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  4. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  5. You’ll learn GPEN faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  6. You’ll be studying GPEN with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 74,706 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study Firebrand's courseware. We use practical exercises to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging

Think you are ready for the course? Take a FREE practice test to assess your knowledge!

Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study

This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a Certification Guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.

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Advanced Password Attacks

Use additional methods to attack password hashes and authenticate.

Attacking Password Hashes

Obtain and attack password hashes and other password representations.

Command Shell vs. Terminal Access

Learn the benefits, limitations, and distinguishing characteristics of command shell and terminal access.

Enumerating Users

Enumerate users through different methods.

Exploitation Fundamentals

Demonstrate the fundamental concepts associated with the exploitation phase of a pentest.

General Web Application Probing

Use tools and proxies to understand and exploit web application weaknesses.

Initial Target Scanning

Conduct port, operating system and service version scans and analyse the results.


Use and configure the Metasploit Framework at an intermediate level.

Moving Files with Exploits

Use exploits to move files between remote systems.

Password Attacks

Understand types of password attacks, formats, defenses, and the circumstances under which to use each password attack variation. You will be able to conduct password guessing attacks.

Pen-testing Foundations

Demonstrate the fundamental concepts associated with pen-testing.

Pen-testing Process

Utilise a process-oriented approach to pentesting and reporting.

Pen-Testing via the Command Line

Use advanced Windows command line skills during a pen test.


Understand the fundamental concepts of reconnaissance and will understand how to obtain basic, high level information about the target organisation and network, often considered information leakage, including but not limited to technical and non technical public contacts, IP address ranges, document formats, and supported systems.

Scanning for Targets

Use the appropriate technique to scan a network for potential targets.

Vulnerability Scanning

Conduct vulnerability scans and analyse the results.

Web Application Attacks

Utilise common web application attacks.

Wireless Crypto and Client Attacks

Utilise wireless cryptographic and client attacks including but not limited to hijacking and key attacks.

Wireless Fundamentals

Understand the fundamental concepts associated with wireless networks.

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This course will prepare you for the following exam. The exam fee is not included in the course price. If you wish to take the exam, we’ll provide instructions on how to register with GIAC.

  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
    • 115 questions
    • 3 hour time limit
    • 74% minimum passing score

You will be required to renew your GPEN certification every four years through Continuing Professional Experience (CPE) credits.

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  • Official Firebrand courseware

Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.

Our Accelerated Learning Programmes include:

  • Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
  • Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
  • Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
  • Examination vouchers **
  • On site testing ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Transportation to/from designated local railway stations
  • Examination Passing Policy

Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.

Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.

Firebrand goes digital

We’re currently migrating from printed to digital courseware. Some courseware is already available in digital, while other books remain in printed form. To find out if this course is digital, call us on 080 80 800 888.

There are several benefits of easy-to-use digital courseware: downloads are immediate, and you’ll always have your courseware available wherever you are. You won’t need to wait for a printed book to be delivered before you start learning – and it’s better for the environment.

Considering a Microsoft course? Always have the most up-to-date Microsoft digital courseware with ‘Fresh Editions’. This gives you access to all versions of digital courseware – you’ll receive updates and revisions of your textbook, at no charge, for the life of that course.

Examination Passing Policy

Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year.  Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.

Please note

  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: GIAC, CREST and CISSP CBK Review. Exam vouchers may also not be included for Apprentices and will require a separate purchase by an employer due to Education and Skills Funding Agency guidelines.
  • *** On site testing is not included for our GIAC, CREST or ITIL Managers and Revision Certification Courses
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

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In order to be successful on this course, it is recommended you have:

  • basic computer networking and security principles
  • previous experience in setting up virtual machines
  • A basic understanding of Python and Powershell
  • basic Linux knowledge including:
    • directory transversal
    • file manipulation using utilities
    • how to find details of processes
    • how to find and change network settings
  • basic SQL knowledge
  • a working knowledge of how to set up and run Wireshark on a network

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites?

Don’t worry - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.

Just call us on 080 80 800 888 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.

Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.

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