4 thoughts on “What is a Penetration Test? | Cyber Security

  1. Arti says:

    A penetration test is an attack on a computer system, network or web application with the purpose of finding security vulnerabilities so preventative measures can be taken. For the test, a professional ethical hacker plays the role of a cyber attacker, employing the same tools and methods that might be used in an actual attack. By finding vulnerabilities this way first, the company is able to fix any issues that may introduce a potential attack vector.

  2. Arti says:

    A pen test is a form of ethical hacking. It’s a way to understand the weaknesses in your cybersecurity by purposely exploiting them to showcase how a malicious hacker could damage your company. The higher the complexity of an attack you simulate, the more information you can gain. And the more information you gain, the more you can bolster your security.

  3. Arti says:

    The SANS Institute provides a definition for penetration testing in their Conducting a Penetration Test on an Organization whitepaper: “Penetration tests are a great way to identify vulnerabilities that [exist] in a system or network that has… existing security measures in place. A penetration test usually involves the use of attacking methods conducted by trusted individuals that are similarly used by hostile intruders or hackers. ” In short, pen tests are a critical vulnerability management tool that help uncover weaknesses in a cybersecurity architecture by using simulated attacks carried out by trusted people.

  4. Arti says:

    A Penetration Test, often called “red teaming” or a “red team exercise” is the practice of simulating as closely as possible the effect that cyberthreats could have on your business. It is a simulation of a real-world attack on targeted assets using the same tools and techniques that modern criminals use. This is done by understanding who your threats are, their capabilities, motivations and targets and “hacking” your systems the way they can.

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