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How to Run a Successful Penetration Test

These seven tips will help ensure a penetration test improves your organization's overall security posture.
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Define the Organization's Goals
Offensive Security's O'Gorman says to start like this: Determine why you want a pen test. Is the main goal to ensure compliance with standards such as HIPAA or PCI DSS? Or do you want to improve your overall security, such as detecting malicious events more quickly, minimizing the attack surface, and isolating successful breaches to limit the impacted areas? Is it about setting better policies that are more realistic for your threat environment? Or do you want to target the security of specific applications?
Pen tests are done as part of a security life cycle, O'Gorman says, and for validating controls that are already in place. If your organization has known issues with its controls, why would you pay someone to reiterate what you already know about your systems? Slow down and define the goals of the assessment first. 
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Define the Organization's Goals

Offensive Security's O'Gorman says to start like this: Determine why you want a pen test. Is the main goal to ensure compliance with standards such as HIPAA or PCI DSS? Or do you want to improve your overall security, such as detecting malicious events more quickly, minimizing the attack surface, and isolating successful breaches to limit the impacted areas? Is it about setting better policies that are more realistic for your threat environment? Or do you want to target the security of specific applications?

Pen tests are done as part of a security life cycle, O'Gorman says, and for validating controls that are already in place. If your organization has known issues with its controls, why would you pay someone to reiterate what you already know about your systems? Slow down and define the goals of the assessment first.

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