7 Steps of Penetration Testing
Suppose your organisation or technology hasn't gone through penetration or security testing before. In that case, you may not know what to expect. Whether you have or have not undergone penetration testing in the past, you are maybe wondering what Hedgehog Security's methodology and stages of penetration testing are. This short article will help you understand that. Knowing what to expect enables you to reap the benefits of the testing.
At Hedgehog Security, there are seven stages of penetration testing. Let us discuss each one so that you and your organisation can prepare for a penetration test.
The 7 Steps and Phases of Penetration Testing
The Hedgehog Security penetration test checklist includes the following 7 phases of penetration testing:
- Information Gathering
- Discovery and Scanning
- Vulnerability Assessment
- Final Analysis and Review
- Utilise the Testing Results
1. Information Gathering
The first stage in the seven stages of penetration testing is information gathering. The tested organisation will provide the penetration tester with general information about in-scope targets. The data can range from IP addresses, hostnames, application details, or simply the company name. The supplied data will depend mainly on the perspective of the penetration test and the amount of time the client wishes to be spent testing. From a tester's point of view, the more information the client provides, the better, as it reduces the time needed for reconnaissance and increases the time spent testing.