8 common pen testing mistakes and how to avoid them

Penetration testing is vital, but are you doing it right? Here are some common mistakes and advice on how to avoid them.

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One of the most effective ways to uncover flaws and weaknesses in your security posture is to have a third party carry out planned attacks on your system. Penetration testing is all about exposing gaps in your defenses so that they can be plugged before someone with malicious intent can take advantage. There are several different types of pen test designed to target different aspects of your organization.

From network infrastructure to applications to devices to employees, there are many potential avenues of attack for a criminal targeting your business. A good pen testing partner will approach the problem with an open mind and try to emulate a malicious hacker, probing for weaknesses, and trying various techniques and tools to breach your network.

While pen testing is widely accepted as a necessity, it must be planned properly and executed professionally. A lack of expertise or experience can lead to substandard pen testing which fails to reveal vulnerabilities and leaves you exposed.

Here are some common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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