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Network Security First-Step, Second Edition by Donald Stoddard, Thomas M. Thomas

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Security Assessments and Penetration Testing

Companies with security offerings these days often have a security assessment as their first step in assisting a client in securing their network. A security assessment is an excellent first step for an organization concerned with understanding the extent of the security on their network (and its effectiveness). A strongly recommended practice is that individuals outside your organization perform security assessments on a yearly basis. This provides an objective and honest evaluation of your security, and because vulnerabilities are always being discovered, your network would be evaluated often enough to understand its effectiveness. A variety of available types of security assessments exist:

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