Prompt Engineering: Generative AI for Scanning & Enumeration

Explore the convergence of ethical hacking and AI. Learn how generative AI strengthens network scanning and enumeration in cybersecurity.

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About this course

In today's dynamic and evolving digital terrain, the need for robust cybersecurity measures has never been more critical. As technology continues to advance, hackers are constantly adapting their methods, making it imperative for ethical hackers to stay one step ahead. This course explores the convergence of ethical hacking and generative AI, specifically focusing on the scanning and enumeration phase of the ethical hacking process. You will begin by examining the network scanning phase of the ethical hacking process and how generative AI and prompt engineering enhance this process. With a solid foundation, you will then discover ways that prompt engineering can optimize scanning, the risks and benefits of using AI-assisted scanning, and how generative AI can boost various scanning techniques. Finally, you will take a look at realistic examples involving scanning and enumeration techniques, focusing on the role that generative AI plays in these scenarios.

Learning objectives

  • Discover the key concepts covered in this course
  • Define network scanning and enumeration, illustrating how generative ai and prompt engineering enhance these processes
  • Describe how generative ai can streamline and augment the use of various tools for scanning and enumeration

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In this course, you'll watch videos created by industry-leading experts for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. They'll cover key concepts, go through sample applications, prepare you for industry certifications, and more. Watch on any device — whenever and wherever you want — to learn at your own pace.

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How To Get Hands-on Hacking Practice (Without Breaking The Law)

Cory Stieg
Oct 4, 2022

Much like learning how to do a backflip or training to become a firefighter, you can’t just practice hacking anywhere — you need a safe and controlled setting, otherwise you could cause harm to yourself and others.

Ethical hacking is when a programmer has permission to use their technical skills to intentionally break into computer systems and access sensitive data to find common vulnerabilities within code that other people have written. The difference between ethical and unethical hacking usually comes down to consent and intent; a malicious hacker would use these same skills (without permission) to steal information or assets for financial gain or cause other harm.

To be clear, accessing data in a system without authorization is illegal, and one of the key principles of ethical hacking is to obey the law. So if you’re interested in having a career that involves hacking, like a Penetration Tester or Security Analyst, you might be wondering how you can get hands-on practice without, you know, breaking the law.

Here are some (definitely legal) resources that you can use to gain hands-on ethical hacking experience without putting yourself or others in danger.

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