Thank you for purchasing the MEAP for Penetrating Enterprise Networks. I hope that you will find it to be informative and equally useful. This book is written for security-minded professionals with a desire to learn and practice hands-on network penetration testing targeting enterprise networks of any size, industry, or vertical.
In order to get the most out of this book you should already understand the basics of enterprise networks. You do not need to be a network or systems administrator, but you should understand that companies run their businesses on networks; networks have computers; computers provide services such as web, database, and file-sharing to users who access these services via centralized authentication solutions such as LDAP and Active Directory. You should also be familiar with host-based virtualization software such as VMWare or VirtualBox and have a foundational understanding as well as some hands-on experience using Linux from the command line. You’re going to learn of the ways in which attackers leverage vulnerabilities within network services to gain unauthorized entry into restricted systems.