Penetration testing on the cheap and not so cheap

I’ve been doing a lot of vulnerability and penetration testingfor a customer who wants to see various simulated attacks and possible outcomes. I’ve been a penetration tester going on 10 years, and it is easily the most enjoyable task I can be asked to perform. Breaking in is fun — and far easier to pull off when you use one of the many handy vulnerability-testing tools available today.

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Overall, breaking in to a company isn’t that hard once you know what you’re doing. I’ve yet to find a company with perfect patching or with all the traditional security features from the last 20 years enabled sufficiently. Still, when you’re asked to do it on a deadline in a particular way, it can take work. It isn’t like the movies where pen testers can guess master passwords in 60 seconds before the bad guys arrive.

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