Penetration testing, also known as pen testing, is an authorized attempt into an IT system to evaluate its security by exploiting the existing vulnerabilities in the system. Generally, pen testing is not a one-time procedure. As a common practice, organizations hire security experts to perform pen testing on a regular basis. It is typically performed using automated or manual tools to systemically compromise various points of exposure such as servers, mobile devices, computers, endpoints, web applications, wireless networks, and other such network devices. If a system is compromised during the testing, pen testers use the compromised system to exploit other internal resources – to gain access to highly sensitive data.
Organizations are at risk and identifying vulnerabilities may be difficult to detect. Taking the proper measure before an attack occurs, reduces the impact of cyber attacks on your network and the associated cost in the aftermath.
Pen testing increases the security awareness within an organization and tests intrusion detection and response capabilities. It also helps management make informed decisions and address the vulnerabilities that are found through a test. However, if conducted poorly, it can cause systems to crash, resulting in a significant network compromise. It is important to have a clear understanding of the process before conducting a pen test.
In this white paper, you will learn:
- Types of penetration testing and what is right for your organization
- Phases of penetration testing, including Network Enumeration, Scanning, and Vulnerability Mapping
- Difference between External Pen Testing and Internal Pen Testing
- Difference between Black Box, White Box, and Gray Box Pen Testing
- Penetration testing Tools & Techniques
- The Latest Statistics on Network Vulnerabilities
For recommended steps you can take when investing in a cybersecurity firm and pen testing services, read LIFARS’ Guide ‘Seven Steps to Take When Investing in Pen Testing Services‘.
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