All About Penetration Testing

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All About Penetration Testing

In this post, you will read all about penetration testing. What is penetration testing and why an organization should carry out it?

Recent trends show that many organisations and companies are digitising their business, operations, and process due to many favorable factors like scalability, efficiency, and flexibility.

Along with its many advantages, digitising also comes with many disadvantages. Primarily, this involves organisations and companies underestimating the new technologies that they are exposed to. Data breaches and cyber-attacks are becoming a new norm.

The possibility that the attacker can take full control of your IT infrastructure becomes extremely likely if the company doesn’t undertake regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing.

The company needs to have a proper procedure or a system to detect, respond and recover from the attacks. Here the focus will be on why there is a need for penetration testing, the penetration testing methods, and the procedures to follow to perform a successful pen test.

What is Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing encompasses various manual and automated techniques to simulate an attack on an organisation’s information systems.

An ethical hacker or pen tester generally conducts pen testing, who tries to break into the corporate information systems and identify and exploit known and unknown vulnerabilities before an actual attacker or a malicious actor does.

The security tester primarily carries out an active analysis of the target system to identify any potential threats or vulnerabilities that could result from improper system configuration, system infrastructure flaws or operational incompetency.

Why Should an Organization Carry Out Penetration Testing?

  • To determine threats and weaknesses in the overall infrastructure, both hardware, and software, to develop a sound security control system.To uncover gaps within the organisation existing security posture and address them specifically and effectively.
  • To uncover gaps within the organisation existing security posture and address them specifically and effectively.To ensure that the security system or controls in place are effective and mitigate the risks of an attack.
  • To ensure that the security system or controls in place are effective and mitigate the risks of an attack.To prioritise attack vectors and secure attack avenues that are more prone to an attack.
  • To prioritise attack vectors and secure attack avenues that are more prone to an attack.To discover existing bugs in the security control system and fix them.
  • To discover existing bugs in the security control system and fix them.To determine and detect the possible magnitude of the breach and to improve the overall security response time to an attack.
  • To determine and detect the possible magnitude of the breach and to improve the overall security response time to an attack.

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