Penetration Testing Methodologies

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Feb 26, 2020

A penetration testing methodology is a comprehensive methodical approach that is used in penetration testing to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the overall security posture of an organization.

Advantages of using a methodology
  1. A clear methodical and systematic approach to testing.
  2. Ensures that tests are reliable, accurate and consistent across the board.
Note: Pentesting methodologies need to be extremely comprehensive and accurate to ensure that a penetration test is performed successfully. (A penetration test is only as comprehensive as the methodology that was used.)

Both proprietary and open-source methodologies exist, we will be focusing on the open-source options.

Open source penetration testing methodologies
  1. OSSTMM - Open Source Security Testing methodology Manual
  2. OWASP Testing Methodology - Open Web Application Security Project
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