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.
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
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.