What is Penetration Testing? - Whiteboard Wednesdays

Blog Post created by ckirsch on Sep 25, 2012

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Are you wondering "What is penetration testing?" Need a quick primer on the topic? In this first video of our Whiteboard Wednesdays series, we're explaining what a penetration test is as well as some typical reasons why people conduct so-called "pen tests". l'll also introduce you to the typical steps of a penetration test, including:



  • Reconaissance
  • Discovery
  • Exploitation
  • Bruteforcing
  • Social engineering
  • Taking control
  • Pivoting
  • Collecting evidence
  • Reporting
  • Remediation


The video also covers some pointers for setting the scope for a penetration test, whether you should choose an internal or external penetration test, and whether you should outsource your pen test or conduct it in-house. We'll also talk about how you can conduct penetration tests safely to protect your production environment.


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