A Scalable and Dynamic Testbed for Conducting Penetration-Test Training in a Laboratory Environment

Report No. ARL-TR-7236
Authors: Jaime C Acosta, Scott Freeman, and Felipe Sotelo
Date/Pages: March 2015; 40 pages
Abstract: This report describes a novel testbed for training penetration testers who evaluate the security of computer networks. This testbed was generated based on an informal study of the common needs of real-life penetration testers. Only open-source technologies are used and step-by-step instructions are provided on how to create the testbed. A case study is also included with a sample scenario and the steps that a penetration tester may take to evaluate a network. Lastly, the report includes lessons learned and limitations of the testbed.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: March 1, 2015