What is a Penetration Test?
There are a lot of different ways that penetration testing is described, conducted and marketed. Often confused with conducting a “vulnerability scan”, “compliance audit” or “security assessment”, penetration testing stands apart from these efforts in a few critical ways:
- A penetration test doesn’t stop at simply uncovering vulnerabilities: it goes the next step to actively exploit those vulnerabilities in order to prove (or disprove) real-world attack vectors against an organization’s IT assets, data, humans, and/or physical security.
- While a penetration test may involve use of automated tools and process frameworks, the focus is ultimately on the individual or team of testers, the experience they bring to the test, and the skills and wherewithal they leverage in the context of an active attack on your organization. This can’t be over-emphasized. Even highly automated, well-resourced, and advanced networks employing sophisticated counter-measure technologies are often vulnerable to the unique nature of the human mind, which can think laterally and outside of the box, can both analyse and synthesize, and is armed with motive and determination.
- A penetration test is designed to answer the question: “What is the real-world effectiveness of my existing security controls against an active, human, skilled attacker?” We can contrast this with security or compliance audits that check for the existence of required controls and their correct configurations, by establishing a simple scenario: Even a 100% compliant organization may still be vulnerable in the real world against a skilled human threat agent.
- A penetration test allows for multiple attack vectors to be explored against the same target. Often it is the combination of information or vulnerabilities across different systems that will lead to a successful compromise. While there are examples of penetration testing that limit their scope to only one target via one vector (example, a web application pen test conducted only from the point of view of the Internet browser), their results should always be taken with a grain of salt: while the test may have provided valuable results, its results are only useful within the same context the test was conducted. Put another way, limiting scope and vector yields limited real-world understanding of security risk. As a professional hacker for hire company, we provide the best certified hackers available combined with talent and the highest level of privacy and confidentiality to our clients.We can solve all your cyber problems and can recover your E-mail password. We can trace online scams. We give best feedback to our clients. Beware from cyber crime.
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