What Is A Penetration Test?

what is a penetration test?

A penetration test is a simulated attack to exploit weaknesses and vulnerabilities on a system, network, application, website, wireless network, or employees. The goal of a penetration test is to prove that security controls in place are effective at mitigating, detecting, or preventing cyber attacks and threats.


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In this section, you will discover all things related to penetration testing including what it is, why they’re important, how to perform them, and how often businesses should conduct them. From tips to hows, you will find it here!


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Firewall Penetration Testing Steps, Methods, And Tools

Firewall Penetration Testing: Steps, Methods And Tools That Work

A firewall is one of the first lines of defense in preventing cyber attacks. Naturally, this presents an opportunity for penetration testers and threat actors alike, to attempt exploits that would compromise a network's security.   There are 13 steps to firewall penetration testing, which include locating the firewall, conducting tracerroute, scanning ports, banner grabbing, access control enumeration, Identifying the firewall architecture,...

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What Are The Types Of Penetration Testing?

What Are The Different Types Of Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing attempts to exploit weaknesses or vulnerabilities in systems, networks, human resources, or physical assets in order to stress test the effectiveness of security controls.   The different types of penetration tests include network services, web application, client side, wireless, social engineering, and physical. A penetration test may be performed externally or internally to simulate different attack vectors. Depending on the...

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Physical Penetration Testing Methods - Purplesec

13 Physical Penetration Testing Methods (That Actually Work)

While many cyber security efforts focus on securing systems and networks, it's important not to forget that physical security plays a critical role in any cyber security program. This is where physical penetration testing comes into play.   Physical penetration testing simulates a real-world threat scenario where a malicious actor attempts to compromise a business's physical barriers to gain access to infrastructure,...

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External VS Internal Network Penetration Tests

External VS Internal Network Penetration Tests: What’s The Difference?

Penetration testing, also known as ethical hacking, is the practice of checking the security weaknesses of an application software, computer system or network. Penetration tests can be either external or internal depending on the goal of the project.   An external penetration test researches and attempts to exploit vulnerabilities that could be performed by an external user without proper access and...

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Vulnerability Scans VS Penetration Tests What is The Difference

Vulnerability Scans VS Penetration Tests: What’s The Main Difference?

As cyber attacks continue to become more sophisticated, businesses are required to invest in more robust security solutions like network vulnerability scans and penetration tests to protect their data, reputation, and revenues.   Vulnerability scans identify known vulnerabilities, lack of security controls, and common misconfigurations within systems on a network. Penetration tests simulate an attack to exploit weaknesses in order to prove...

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how often should you perform a penetration test

How Often Should You Perform A Penetration Test?

While every business need is different, it's best practice to perform penetration tests regularly, 1 – 2 times per year. However, compliance, installation of new networking infrastructure, changes in cyber policies and tolerance to cyber risk all play a role in how often penetration tests need to be performed.   In this article, I've put together a simple 3 point checklist you can follow...

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