Penetration Testing Interview Questions and Answers

Penetration testing is a method of testing, measuring and enhancing established security measures on information systems and support areas. Pen test, is an authorized simulated attack on a computer system, performed to evaluate the security of the system. The test is performed to identify both weaknesses (also referred to as vulnerabilities), including the potential for unauthorized parties to gain access to the system’s features and data, as well as strengths, enabling a full risk assessment to be completed

Today, the available options for penetration testing are highly specialized and numerous. Many systems include tools for a range of security testing of the operating system. One example among many is the Kali Linux, used in digital forensics and penetration testing. It contains eight standard security tools including Nmap, Aircrack-ng, Kismet, Wireshark, Metasploit Framework, Burp Suite and John the Ripper. That a single system would contain so many penetration testing tools demonstrates how much more sophisticated today’s technology has become and how many ways ingenious hackers are discovering to create mischief in shared computing environments, especially the Internet. Pentool is a similar penetration testing focused system.

It’s important to understand that it is very unlikely that a pen-tester will find all the security issues. As an example, if a penetration test was done yesterday, the organization may pass the test. However, today is Microsoft’s “patch Tuesday” and now there’s a brand-new vulnerability in some Exchange mail servers that were previously considered secure, and next month it will be something else. Maintaining secure network requires constant vigilance.

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