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    Penetration testing involves ethical hackers who expand planned attacks on a company's security infrastructure to discover security vulnerabilities that need to be fixed. Penetration testing is part of a comprehensive Web application security strategy.

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What is Penetration Testing?

What is
Penetration (White Hat) Testing?

Penetration testing is a security exercise in which cyber security experts seek to discover and exploit vulnerabilities in computer systems. The aim of this simulated attack is to identify weaknesses in the system defences available to the attacker.
Penetration testing is a simulated real-world hacking attack against an organisation's IT infrastructure or applications. Penetration testing identifies vulnerabilities and then exploits them, which is used by businesses to improve their cyber-attack prevention strategies.

This is like hiring a bank to break into a building and enter a vault, dressed as a robber. If the "robbery" is successful and the bank or vault is broken into, the bank will be given the information it needs to strengthen its security measures.

Who usually runs the penetration tests?

Penetration testing is recommended for people who know little about how to protect their systems, as the developers building the system may find blind spots they missed. For this reason, it is often brought in for testing by an external contractor. These contractors are often referred to as 'ethical hackers' because they are hired to hack into systems with permission to enhance security.
Many ethical hackers are experienced developers and the best candidate to perform a penetration test will vary greatly depending on the target company and the type of penetration test you are initiating.

Why is penetration testing important?

Penetration testing provides an excellent view of an organisation's current security posture. The results of a penetration test can help business owners better understand their level of exposure, identify weaknesses in their IT systems and provide details to correct vulnerabilities that emerge from pen testing. By conducting a network penetration test, you can make yourself less vulnerable to malicious attacks from hackers that could cripple your business and cause costly downtime.

What are the types of penetration tests?

· Out-of-the-box penetration test

Out-of-the-box testing provides hackers with security information about the target company in advance.

· Closed box penetration testing

Also known as "single-blind" testing, this is done without providing the hacker with any background information other than the name of the target company.

· Stealth Penetration Testing

Also known as "double-blind" penetration testing, it involves the IT and security experts responding to the attack, with no one in the company knowing that a penetration test is being conducted. For covert testing, it is particularly important that the hacker has written knowledge of the scope and other details of the test in advance to avoid law enforcement issues.

· Internal Penetration Testing

In internal testing, ethical hackers conduct tests from a company's internal network. This type of testing helps to determine how much damage a disgruntled employee can cause from behind a company's firewall

· External Penetration Testing

In external testing, ethical hackers counter technologies that are oriented towards the outside of the company, such as websites and external web servers. In some cases, hackers may not even be allowed access to company buildings. This means conducting the attack from a remote location or testing from a truck or van parked nearby.

How is a typical penetration test carried out?

Penetration testing begins with a reconnaissance phase, where ethical hackers spend time gathering data and information to use in planning simulated attacks. The focus is then on gaining and maintaining access to the target system. This requires a variety of tools.
Attack tools include software designed to generate brute force attacks or SQL injections as well as hardware designed specifically for penetration testing, such as a small, unobtrusive box that can be connected to a computer on the network, providing the hacker with remote access to the network. In addition, ethical hackers can use social engineering techniques to discover vulnerabilities. For example, you might send phishing emails to company employees, or physically access buildings in the name of a courier.
Hackers end the test by covering the truck. This means removing the embedded hardware, avoiding detection and doing everything possible to keep the target system accurately found.

What happens immediately after a penetration test?

Once the penetration test is complete, Ethical Hacking shares its findings with the target company's security team. It then uses this information to implement security upgrades to cover the vulnerabilities found during the test. These upgrades can include rate limiting, new WAF rules, DDoS, and stricter form validation and cleanup.

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