Penetration testing captures the imagination and sparks the interests of many people. It is part mystery, part challenge, part creativity and part risk. It has the glamour and mystique of doing something on the wild side of life by simulating a criminal act, but without the penalties. Therefore, it is no surprise that many people are drawn to penetration testing and want to know more about what it is, how to do it and, moreover, how they can use it to help protect their systems and defend their networks.

Protecting the systems and networks of today requires a broad understanding and in-depth knowledge of the tactics, tools and motivations of the adversary. The person given the responsibility to protect ...

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