Penetration Testing methodology

There are logical steps recommended for performing a Penetration Test. The first step is identifying the project's starting status. The most common terminology defining the starting state is Black box testing, White box testing, or a blend between White and Black box testing known as Gray box testing.

Black box assumes the Penetration Tester has no prior knowledge of the target network, company processes, or services it provides. Starting a Black box project requires a lot of reconnaissance and, typically, is a longer engagement based on the concept that real-world attackers can spend long durations of time studying targets before launching attacks.

As a security professional, we find Black box testing presents some ...

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