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1. The Absolute Basics of Penetration Testing

Chapter 1. The Absolute Basics of Penetration Testing

Penetration testing is a way for you to simulate the methods that an attacker might use to circumvent security controls and gain access to an organization’s systems. Penetration testing is more than running scanners and automated tools and then writing a report. And you won’t become an expert penetration tester overnight; it takes years of practice and real-world experience to become proficient.

Currently, there is a shift in the way people regard and define penetration testing within the security industry. The Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES) is redefining the penetration test in ways that will affect both new and experienced penetration testers, and it has been adopted by several leading members of the security community. Its charter is to define and raise awareness about what a true penetration test means by establishing a baseline of fundamental principles required to conduct a penetration test. If you’re new to penetration testing or unfamiliar with PTES, visit http://www.pentest-standard.org/ to learn more about it.


  

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