Written by Shila Toledano
Common Penetration Testing Myths Debunked
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Penetration testing, also known as “pentesting,” is a valuable tool for identifying vulnerabilities in a computer system or network.
However, there are many misconceptions about pentesting that can lead to misunderstandings about its purpose and value. Here are five common misconceptions about pentesting let me debunk them for you.
What is Penetration Testing
Penetration Testing is a way of assessing the security level of systems, applications, mobile services, and infrastructure.
This assessment begins with mapping the organization’s digital assets, including integrated third-party tools, user behavior, etc. The purpose of the test is to identify the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the defense systems and produce a report detailing the findings and recommendations.
Pentesting is illegal
Wrong, wrong, and wrong. While it is true that unauthorized access to a computer system is illegal pentesting is typically performed with the permission of the owner of the system or network being tested. Well obviously, this organization is usually the one’s ordering the test.
Pentesting is the same as hacking
While pen-testers and hackers may use similar tools and techniques, the goals and motivations of the two groups are very different. It’s a bit like good and bad witches, the difference between them is the intention Hackers are typically trying to gain unauthorized access to a system or steal sensitive information, while pentesters are working to help identify and fix web applications and network vulnerabilities.
Pentesting is only for large organizations
While it is true that large organizations with complex networks and systems can benefit from pentesting, small businesses and individuals can also benefit from this service. Pentesting can help identify vulnerabilities in small networks and systems and ensure that they are secure from potential threats.
Pentesting is a one-time process
Pentesting is not a one-time process, and it is important for organizations to regularly test their systems for vulnerabilities. Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and it is important to regularly test and update security measures to ensure that systems are secure.
Pentesting is expensive
While it is true that pentesting can be expensive, the cost of not identifying and fixing vulnerabilities can be much higher. A data breach or cyber attack can result in significant financial losses, legal fees, and damage to a company’s reputation. Investing in pentesting can help prevent these costs and protect an organization’s assets.
In conclusion, pentesting is a valuable tool for identifying vulnerabilities and securing computer systems and networks. It is not illegal, and it can be beneficial for organizations of all sizes. Pentesting should be viewed as an ongoing process, and the cost of pentesting is generally much lower than the potential costs of a cyber attack. By understanding the true nature of pentesting, organizations can make informed decisions about their cybersecurity strategies and protect their assets.