Penetration Testing Explained
What is penetration testing? Alagen’s threat and vulnerability specialist Dominic Clark explains that a penetration test, also known as a pen test or ethical hacking, is when a cybersecurity expert attempts to find and exploit vulnerabilities in a computer system or network. Think of penetration testing like a cyberattack simulation. The purpose is to identify weak spots in a system’s defenses which attackers could exploit.
– Once a penetration tester identifies weak spots in a system’s defenses, they will begin searching for lateral movement opportunities.
– Pen testers also attempt to exfiltrate data to determine what an attacker might be able to see or do.
– At the end of the penetration test, the tester will discuss mitigations if it were a real-world event.