A penetration test, also known as a pen test, is a simulated cyberattack against your computer system to check for exploitable vulnerabilities. Penetration Testing Tools, or more commonly known as Hacking Tools, utilise Vulnerability Exploitation on an organisation’s environment for multiple objectives such as stealing access to data, disrupting services, harming the organisation’s reputation, or obtaining access to proprietary information.
Penetration Testing utilises Attack Simulation to test if Vulnerability Exploitation is possible while hackers achieve the same for malicious purposes but essentially, it is the same activity except that Penetration Testing may stress safe or reversible attacks.
Due to the growing requirements for Penetration Testing or Hacking, tools with multiple features are packaged into Penetration Testing Platforms that allow users a single source to complete their activities. Some of the most common features are:
Penetration Testing is usually a very time-consuming exercise that requires very specialised skills that can prove to be a high expense to organisations. For that reason, organisations usually outsource this exercise and only perform it on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. However, stretching out the testing over this period invariably exposes the organisation to risks due to the long intervals between tests.
Automated Attack Simulation or platforms that can perform Exploit Automation are solutions that have been growing in popularity recently since an organisation can maintain in-house testers that can perform ad-hoc testing and vulnerability validation whenever required at low cost.
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