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Penetration testing (pen-testing or pentesting) is a method of testing, measuring and enhancing established security measures on information systems and support areas.
Pen-testing is also known as a security assessment.
Pen-testing may be conducted to complement background investigations and ensure social engineering and networking safety.
Pen-testing is implemented by simulating malicious attacks from an organization's internal and external users. The entire system is then analyzed for potential vulnerabilities. A plan that communicates test objectives, timetables and resources is developed prior to actual pen-testing.
Pen-testing is an invaluable process for a number of reasons, including the following:
Pen-testing tools include: