Getting Started in Port Scanning Using Nmap and Kali Linux

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Getting Started in Port Scanning Using Nmap and Kali Linux

Discover top-class methods to identify weaknesses in services and systems to mitigate against network attacks

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

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architecture icon Kali Linux,Linux,Operating Systems


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Course Description

Kali Linux is one of the popular tools used for penetration testing, ethical hacking, and network security assessments. This course will help you to explore the techniques of port scanning using Nmap and Kali Linux.

The course starts by introducing you to the course objectives and to Kali Linux and Nmap. Next, you will delve into the concepts of host discovery, creating Nmap host lists in Kali Linux on the way. Moving ahead, you will learn the techniques used to perform scans with Nmap and learn the process of auditing Secure Shell (SSH) security to detect systems that allow password-based authentication. Toward the end, you will learn to use Ansible to secure the threats, ensuring that the fixes are documented are repeatable. Throughout this course, you will use Wireshark to analyze the network activity, which will help you to understand the different nodes of Nmap with ease.

By the end of this course, you will have gained all the essential skills needed to perform cybersecurity audits of your network using Kali Linux and Nmap.


If you are a Linux administrator or a security practitioner who is looking to secure network systems using Kali Linux and Nmap, this course is for you.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Scan the local CentOS 8 host both with and without a firewall
  • Distinguish between Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and SYN scan
  • Use Nmap and awk to list Secure Shell (SSH) servers on the network
  • Capture and filter packets with Wireshark
  • Print Secure Shell (SSH) host-keys with Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE) scripts
  • Secure your host configuration with Ansible


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • To learn from this course, you should have a good understanding of Linux—from command line to basic networking skills.
Getting Started in Port Scanning Using Nmap and Kali Linux


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Kali Linux and Network Security Tools
5 Lectures
  • play icon Course Overview 02:21 02:21
  • play icon Introducing Kali Linux and Network Security Tools 06:18 06:18
  • play icon Versioning Nmap 03:25 03:25
  • play icon Understanding Nmap Scans 04:35 04:35
  • play icon Working with Nmap and Wireshark 07:16 07:16
Host Discovery Using Nmap
6 Lectures
Performing Scans Using Nmap
7 Lectures
Protecting Your System
7 Lectures

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