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Cisco Networks: Engineers’ Handbook of Routing, Switching, and Security with IOS, NX-OS, and ASA by Noel Rivera, Richard Bedwell, William Wilson, Chris Carthern

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CHAPTER 22

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Introduction to Network Penetration Testing

Penetration testing helps determine the security posture of a network. There are different types of penetration testing that relate to the depth of the test and the level of knowledge of the tester. This chapter provides an introduction to penetration testing.

Overview

When an organization makes the decision to perform penetration testing, the parameters of the test need to be identified before anything else. These parameters include the level of knowledge of the organization and its systems and the types of exploits that may be performed.

The level of knowledge provided is categorized as ...

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