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Understand the Types, Scope and Objectives of Penetration Testing

Published: 29 September 2017

ID: G00340263

Analyst(s): Toby Bussa , Claudio Neiva , Prateek Bhajanka


Penetration testing aims to uncover security weaknesses in enterprise IT systems based on specific needs and targeted scope. Security and risk management leaders should use this testing as an enabler of risk management 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
  • Use Alternate Pentest Vendors to Balance the Cost and Rotation of Pentesters
  • Weigh the Benefits of Post-Test Remediation Against the Cost of Implementing Changes

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