penetration test


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penetration test

[‚pen·ə′trā·shən ‚test]
(engineering)
A test to determine the relative values of density of noncohesive sand or silt at the bottom of boreholes.

penetration test

A test which measures the relative density of silt or sand at the bottom of a borehole. Also See dynamic penetration test and static penetration test.

penetration test

A test of a network's vulnerabilities by having an authorized individual actually attempt to break into the network. The tester may undertake several methods, workarounds and "hacks" to gain entry, often initially getting through to one seemingly harmless section, and from there, attacking more sensitive areas of the network.

Security experts recommend that an annual penetration test be undertaken as a supplement to a more frequent automated security scan. See security scan and ethical hacker.
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On day 4, there will be a three (3) hour in class penetration test, including Practical Capture the flag exercises.
At a minimum, a well-designed penetration test should start with defined targets--which should be critical and confidential information and systems--and the reason security is necessary and deployed within a company.
Only through a thorough penetration test can the associated security threats, such as exposure, theft or modification of sensitive data, regulatory or commercial impacts, brand damage etc.
Emulating such a criminal, the penetration test team looks for the weakest links that will help it achieve its objectives.
26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cyber Protection Group announced today that they are offering a network penetration test / vulnerability assessment for only $2,000.
WaziTech's penetration test can also help companies ensure PCI compliance.
Additionally, an unscrupulous member of a penetration test team might steal and resell corporate secrets.
Developers introduced new vulnerabilities during the time between tests--either as part of the normal evolution of the website, or as part of an attempt to fix vulnerabilities identified during the penetration test.
Organizations using virtualization technologies such as VMware vSphere to underpin a private cloud deployment can now easily penetration test remote sites.