Penetration testing, or pen testing as it is popularly called, is a critical component of any Threat Management Solution. It is now increasingly accepted as an effective method of detecting vulnerabilities in your network, applications and infrastructure. In a pen test, the tester deploys various malicious methodologies to deliberately attack your system, in order to proactively identify security vulnerabilities. Pen tests expose the flaws in your software coding and hardware configurations, with the end objective being to test if the attacker can gain access to sensitive information and compromise your data and functioning. The uncovered vulnerabilities are then assessed for potential impact on the organization, and can be fixed accordingly.
Pen tests are implemented across different areas:
If you are thinking of implementing a pen test, here are some best practices to keep in mind:
Expert testers are aware that a pen test is not simply a list of finite tests to use, for there is no such thing as a foolproof pen test checklist. While it is important to base your pen test on a comprehensive checklist, remember that a tester who relies exclusively on checklists is probably not an expert. A checklist should define the minimum level of testing required, not set the limits for testing. Only a comprehensive understanding and analysis of the whole system – infrastructure, network, applications, and resources—will lead to an accurate assessment of vulnerabilities and their impact.
It is a bit like studying for an assessment—you can browse sample test papers and previous years’ question papers to figure out the answers, but if you don’t have an understanding of the basic study material, then you miss the point of your whole education.
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