Monday, May 16, 2011

Introduction to Penetration Testing For Non-Technicals

If you are a manager with a different background than IT or if you are a non-technical person wondering whether to conduct a penetration test for your organization, this article might be of help to you.

What's Penetration Testing?
In a penetration test (a. k. a. pentest) penetration testers (a. k. a. pentester) simulate an actual attack on the system being tested to assess the weaknesses of the system(s) and gives recommendations on fixing the vulnerabilities discovered.

Penetration Testing Vs. Ethical Hacking?
Ethical hacking is a buzz word that became popular in information security industry with the introduction of Certified Ethical Hacker exam by EC-Council. Although some argue that penetration testing and ethical hacking are two different things , it's quite hard to identify any difference between the two