Penetration Testing uses the same tools and techniques of a black hat hacker in order to identify vulnerabilities. Lisa Bock covers how penetration testing monitors for threats from the outside as well as the inside and why every organization should include Penetration Testing as part of an overall security plan.
- [Voiceover] Once a decision is made…to conduct ethical hacking,…the approach to the penetration test,…or pen test as it is sometimes called,…is determined in a kickoff meeting…with all stakeholders that establish…the goals of the security assessment.…Ethical hacking is a structured assessment…and testing process.…Ethical hacking uses the same tools…and techniques of a black hat hacker,…and of course were sometimes called white hat hackers.…Ethical hacking examines the many ways…a breach can occur.…
In the early days of networking,…perimeter scanning to test a system's ability…to withstand attempts to break through…the boundary firewalls were sufficient.…However, today's network edge has blurred.…Security threats have evolved…and expanded beyond the corporate walls.…So have the types of security assessments…that are conducted.…Security assessments can include network devices,…email, web interface, hosts,…wireless application, and databases.…
A total assessment can take two to three weeks.…It really depends on the number of targets…
Security expert Lisa Bock starts with an overview of ethical hacking and the role of the ethical hacker. She reviews the kinds of threats networks face, and introduces the five phases of ethical hacking, from reconnaissance to covering your tracks. She also covers penetration-testing techniques and tools. The materials map directly to the "Introduction to Ethical Hacking" competency from the CEH Body of Knowledge, and provide an excellent jumping off point for the next courses in this series.
Note: Our Ethical Hacking series will map to the 18 parts of the EC-Council's certification exam. Find more courses in the series on Lisa's author page.
- Ethical hacking principles
- Managing incidents
- Creating security policies
- Protecting data
- Conducting penetration testing
- Hacking in phases