Updated: Jan 11, 2019
Did you know that a penetration test can result in very different findings depending on how much information the testing analyst is given for the assessment? As a result, not all Penetration Test are equal.
Knowing your vulnerabilities and how attackers might exploit them provides tremendous insight that you can use to improve your security posture.
Penetration Testing Defined
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What is a penetration test?
A penetration test, or “pen test,” is an attempt to evaluate the security of IT infrastructures using a controlled environment to safely attack, identify, and exploit vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may exist in operating systems, services, networks, and application. They may also exist due to improper configurations or risky end-user behavior.
Penetration testing assessments are also useful in validating the efficacy of defensive mechanisms and determining how well end-users adhere to security policies.
Why should my business get a penetration test?
Most environments are designed, built, and maintained by employees that have little to no professional experience in security. A penetration test is performed by a security expert trained to identify and document issues that are present in an environment. The resulting report can give you the opportunity to remediate the issues before they have been exploited by a real attacker.