Planning and Preparation

In this chapter, you will learn how to

•  Describe the different aspects of planning for a penetration test

•  Differentiate between major penetration testing types and methodologies

•  Define scope based on the type of penetration test and your client’s areas of concern

•  Communicate with your client to define the rules of engagement

•  Properly document all aspects of pre-engagement activities



Proper planning and preparation for an upcoming penetration test is arguably the most important aspect of the entire engagement. A full penetration testing engagement consists of three phases: pre-engagement, active testing, and reporting. This chapter will focus on the planning, or pre-engagement, phase of ...

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