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Penetration testing: an overview

When protecting your organisation’s assets, penetration testing by an ethical hacker can be a useful weapon in the information security team’s arsenal. Penetration testing is used to test the organisation’s security measures that have been deployed to protect the infrastructure – both physical and digital – the employees and intellectual property.

Penetration testing can be used both proactively to determine attack surfaces and the organisation’s susceptibility to attack, and reactively to determine how widespread a vulnerability is or if remediation has been implemented correctly.

 

What is a penetration test?

A penetration test (occasionally referred to as a ‘pen test’) involves the use of a variety of manual and automated techniques to simulate an attack on an organisation’s information security arrangements – either from malicious outsiders or your own staff.

 

  • Why would my company need a penetration test?

  • Benefits of using CREST accredited penetration testers

  • Vulnerability assessments versus penetration tests

  • The different types of penetration test

  • Our solutions at a glance

  • The requirements for penetration testing reporting

  • When to undertake a penetration test

  • Positioning penetration testing for compliance

  • Penetration testing limitations

 

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