Penetration Testing Risks

Computer Science
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Discuss the risks associated with Penetration Testing and steps necessary to minimize the risk to both the tester and client.

Mar 28th, 2015

There are potential risks involved with performing penetration tests, but the benefits can outweigh the risks. There are risks similar to those that can crop up during an in-depth vulnerability scan, and the exploitation steps that a skilled pen tester might take can pose additional risks.

For example, using a well-known exploit could have less risk than custom-developed exploits, where the results of execution are unknown. To protect against potential penetration test risks, companies should ensure they have  adequate backup plans in case an application or servers fail, or data is deleted or corrupted as a result of a pen test.

Companies should also have tools in place to detect problems with the systems in the pen test so the systems can be recovered quickly.The tests could also be limited to off hours or during production downtime windows to limit potential risks.


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