What is Pentesting?
Penetration Testing, also known as ethical hacking, is a dynamic assessment that simulates real-life attacker actions to evaluate the efficacy of security defenses. It stands out as the sole security assessment capable of identifying vulnerabilities and linking them together by exploiting them in a sequential manner. This approach provides valuable insights into risk measurement and prioritization. By examining the end results of a series of security issues, penetration testing offers a fresh perspective on risk and aids in effective prioritization.
Why do you need it?
Penetration testing serves as a means to evaluate the control effectiveness of legacy applications. It is a vulnerability assessment technique that gauges the potential for system compromise and assesses the resulting consequences. However, it’s important to note that penetration testing primarily focuses on technical vulnerabilities and may not offer a comprehensive overview of information security management.
Who should perform it?
While the organization may possess the necessary resources to conduct penetration testing internally, it is advisable to engage in third-party penetration testing to obtain an impartial assessment of the security vulnerabilities.