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    Default pen testing?

    Sorry for this being a very simple question; but i couldn't find a definition of what pen testing actually is.

    From what I can make out, its basically security auditing?

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    Default Re: pen testing?

    The "pen" seems to be an abbreviatioin for "penetration". "pen test" to Google will assist. "pen test site:edu" will find some more links for tests not associated with computer network security. There's a historic device called a "pen" which was popular before computers were invented.

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    Default Re: pen testing?

    it the nice kind of hacking :-)

    Eg.
    I run a company, it is connected to the internet.

    I pay $5000 to a "white hat" hacker.
    the hacker spend a few weeks trying to get in to my systems.
    at the end of it i get many pages of reports as to things that need to be fixed to stop "black hat" hackers form doing the same.

    white hat. http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com...550882,00.html

    black hat.
    http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com...550815,00.html


    on a side note there are also grey hat hackers who can be either white or black.


    if you realy want to know about pen testing.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...69597?v=glance
    Kevin Mitnick's book The Art of Intrusion

    Kevin Mitnick was a black hat and now he is a white hat.

    if you are thinking of get someone to do pen testing and they dont find ayn way in and have no improvments then thay dident do a good job.
    there is always another way to get in, the aim of pen testing is to make it so hard that the hacker give up.
    Last edited by robsonde; 23-04-2006 at 03:03 PM.
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