Chapter 3. Penetration for Hire

This chapter discusses the skills and requirements generally expected of a person performing security penetration services. You can use this information to help determine what skills you will need to perform penetration testing or as a general guide of what to look for when hiring a security consultant to perform these services. We discuss the contents of the consultant's tool kit, or black bag, including the software and hardware likely required. (The tool kit is discussed only briefly here; it is covered more fully in Chapter 10.) Further, we discuss the two variations of a penetration test: announced to the security team and system administrators or unannounced. In either case, management must always be fully ...

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