Penetration Testing Strategies

Penetration testing is an authorized attempt to gain access to an organization’s data assets identifying vulnerabilities being prepared before any potential cyber attack.

One of the most commonly used techniques is to identify vulnerable areas of the system. Penetration Testing It involves wilful attacks on the system to identify the weak areas, which might provide a passage to malicious or unauthorized users for attacking the system and altering their integrity and veracity.

Let’s see the different types of Penetration Testing!

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Targeted Penetration testing and Targeted testing for Cybersecurity

One important aspect of any penetration testing service is defining the scope within which the pen testers must operate.

Usually, the scope defines what systems, locations, techniques, and tools can be used in a penetration test. Limiting the scope of the penetration test helps focus team members — and defenders — on the systems over which the organization has control.

Here are several of the main penetration testing strategies used by security professionals:

Targeted testing

is performed by the organization’s IT team and the penetration testing team working together. It’s sometimes referred to as a “lights turned on” approach because everyone can see the test being carried out.

External testing 

targets a company’s externally visible servers or devices including domain name servers, email servers, web servers or firewalls. The objective is to find out if an outside attacker can get in and how far they can get in once they’ve gained access.

Internal testing

mimics an inside attack behind the firewall by an authorized user with standard access privileges. This kind of test is useful for estimating how much damage a disgruntled employee could cause.

Blind testing

 simulates the actions and procedures of a real attacker by severely limiting the information given to the person or team performing the test beforehand. Typically, the pen testers may only be given the name of the company. Because this type of test can require a considerable amount of time for reconnaissance, it can be expensive.

Double-blind testing 

takes the blind test and carries it a step further. In this type of pen test, only one or two people within the organization might be aware a test is being conducted. Double-blind tests can be useful for testing an organization’s security monitoring and incident identification as well as its response procedures.

Black box testing

is basically the same as blind testing, but the tester receives no information before the test takes place. Rather, the pen testers must find their own way into the system.

White box testing

 provides the penetration testers information about the target network before they start their work. This information can include such details as IP addresses, network infrastructure schematics, and the protocols used plus the source code.

Pen Testing as a Service (PTaaS) 

provides information technology (IT) professionals with the resources they need to conduct and act upon point-in-time and continuous penetration tests.


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