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Penetration testing software

Definition

A penetration test is a proactive and authorized attempt to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure by safely attempting to exploit system vulnerabilities, including OS, service and application flaws, improper configurations, and even risky end-user behavior. These are done by simulating an attack from a malicious source. Such assessments are also useful in validating the efficacy of defensive mechanisms, as well as end-users’ adherence to security policies.

 

User Benefits

Penetration testing offers many benefits:

  • Intelligently manage vulnerabilities
  • Avoid the cost of network downtime
  • Meet regulatory requirements
  • Preserve corporate image and customer loyalty 
  • Protect business partner relationships
  • Justify security investments

 

Business Impact

The intent of a penetration test is to determine the feasibility of an attack and the amount of  business impact of a successful exploit, if discovered. It is a component of a full security audit. For example, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requires both annual and ongoing penetration testing (after system changes).

Penetration Testing Softwares offer a easy and automated way to do a penetration test.

By thoroughly testing an automated penetration testing solution can provide a clear, comprehensive view of an organization’s security posture.

By supplementing or substituting third-party penetration testing engagements with a software solution, your organization can increase the frequency, scope and consistency of its security evaluations enabling you to make the best use of your penetration testing dollars and maintain a vigilant watch against emerging vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis.


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SAINT

A penetration test is a proactive and authorized attempt to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure by safely attempting to exploit system vulnerabilities, including OS, service and application flaws, improper configurations, and even risky end-user behavior. These are done by simulating an attack from a malicious source. Such assessments are also useful in validating the efficacy of defensive mechanisms, as well as end-users’ adherence to security policies.

The process involves an active analysis of the system for any potential vulnerabilities that could result from poor or improper system configuration, both known and unknown hardware or software flaws, or operational weaknesses in process or technical countermeasures. This analysis is carried out from the position of a potential attacker and can involve active exploitation of security vulnerabilities. Any security issues that are found will be presented to the system owner, together with an assessment of their impact, and often with a proposal for mitigation or a technical solution.

Tests are typically performed using manual or automated technologies to systematically compromise servers, endpoints, web applications, wireless networks and other potential points of exposure. Once vulnerabilities have been successfully exploited on a particular system, testers may attempt to use the compromised system to launch subsequent exploits at other internal resources, specifically by trying to incrementally achieve higher levels of security clearance and deeper access to electronic assets and information via privilege escalation.

The intent of a penetration test is to determine the feasibility of an attack and the amount of  business impact of a successful exploit, if discovered. It is a component of a full security audit. For example, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requires both annual and ongoing penetration testing (after system changes).

Penetration Testing Softwares offer a easy and automated way to do a penetration test.

The difference between a vulnerability management tool and a penetration testing tool is that after discovering the vulnerabilities the second also tries to exploit those in order to prove that there is indeed a real breach.

Penetration testing offers many benefits:

  • Intelligently manage vulnerabilities
  • Avoid the cost of network downtime
  • Meet regulatory requirements
  • Preserve corporate image and customer loyalty 
  • Protect business partner relationships
  • Justify security investments

A commercial-grade automated penetration testing solution is typically produced by a team of experienced security experts and developers who complete sophisticated vulnerability research, build safe, cutting-edge exploits and then combine them into a simple, easy-to-use package. By thoroughly testing an automated penetration testing solution can provide a clear, comprehensive view of an organization’s security posture.

By supplementing or substituting third-party penetration testing engagements with a software solution, your organization can increase the frequency, scope and consistency of its security evaluations enabling you to make the best use of your penetration testing dollars and maintain a vigilant watch against emerging vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis.

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