A penetration test is a type of information security test that attacks systems or devices to find vulnerabilities. The following are illustrative examples.
White BoxTesting teams are given design overviews and technical documentation to aid them in their attack.
Black BoxTesting teams are given no inside information about a system.
Double Blind TestingTesting teams aren't given inside technical information and operational teams aren't told that a penetration test is being conducted. Designed to test detection tools and the readiness of operations teams.
AutomationTools that automatically execute exploit code for known vulnerabilities. Often used in conjunction with a manual test.
ManualManual attacks by IT professionals who have knowledge of hacking typically using vulnerability scanners and other automated tools as a starting point.
Contests & EventsCritical systems may benefit from broad and intensive attacks to rapidly harden their design and implementation. This can be achieved with contests and events that invite a large number of individuals to attack a system.
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