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Understand the Types, Scope and Objectives of Penetration Testing

Published: 01 February 2016

ID: G00270339

Analyst(s): Claudio Neiva , Toby Bussa , Oliver Rochford


Penetration testing that is tailored to the specific needs of the organization will discover weakness in the IT environment. With clearly defined testing goals and scope, security managers gain findings that allow them to mitigate risk and fortify weak areas while advancing business objectives.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Select the Right Type of Assessment
    • Penetration Testing Types
  • Differentiate Assets and Environments, and Prioritize Focus
  • Consider Using a Managed Service or Employing a Penetration Tester
  • Expect the Best, but Plan for the Worst

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