In This Chapter
Setting ethical hacking goals
Selecting which systems to test
Developing your ethical hacking testing standards
Examining hacking tools
As an ethical hacker, you must plan your ethical hacking efforts before you start. A detailed plan doesn't mean that your testing must be elaborate. It just means that you're clear and concise about what to do. Given the seriousness of ethical hacking, make this as structured a process as possible.
Even if you only test a single Web application or workgroup of computers, establishing your goals, defining and documenting the scope of what you'll be testing, determining your testing standards, and gathering and familiarizing yourself with the proper tools for the task is critical. This chapter covers these steps to help you create a positive ethical hacking environment so you can set up for success.
Always make sure you have approval from management, executives, or your clients before you start implementing your ethical hacking plan.