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Penetration testing- What it is and what it does

This is a guest post by Sachin about Penetration testing and its importance in today's world.

If you work in IT support, you’ll be well aware of the potentially nightmarish situations which can be created by antiquated security systems. Penetration testing may be exactly what you need. Penetration testing is a comprehensive form of security testing for computer networks. It involves a thorough analysis of both the network and operators, and can identify weak points in any system with ease.

Penetration testing, basics

Penetration testing is actually a physical test of system security combined with analysis. Testing consultants systematically evaluate a network, and select targets protesting. For example, old security patches, old software with known vulnerabilities, and even phone inquiries can be used to test the strengths and weaknesses of an IT system.

There are two basic types of penetration testing:

1. Internal penetration testing: Internal penetration testing finds weaknesses …