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Choosing the Right Penetration Testing Tool | Happiest Minds Blog

Any system, no matter how secure, is subject to some form of vulnerability. Unless a systematic attack is mounted on the network from outside the firewall, the ability of hackers to infiltrate your organization’s data will never be known. Penetration testing (or Pen Test) is a legal attempt to hack into computer systems or networks, often conducted by external ethical hackers or by security organizations one can hire, to conduct an audit.On successfully compromising a system, the vulnerability is rated or classified into three threat level buckets – low, medium or high, and remedies for the flaws are determined and the vulnerabilities are fixed.Usually, organizations go to a vendor they have already worked with and of course, they use whatever pen testing tool the vendor is proficient with. However, in most cases, it is advisable to conduct an audit to determine which tool is ideal for your particular situation, given the plethora of offerings available in this space, and then go with that tool in mind, to a vendor.How does one determine which tool is right for the organization?The first thing you need to do, is create a list of requirements against which you will evaluate the tool. In the absence of such a list, you may spend several wasted hours downloading and evaluating tools that meet some but not all of your needs.

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This entry was posted on August 22, 2014 by in Blog.
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