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March 2007

Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum debate the necessity of penetration tests

Is penetration testing worth it? Bruce Schneier Point There are security experts who insist penetration testing is essential for network security, and you have no hope of being secure unless you do it regularly. And there are contrarian security experts who tell you penetration testing is a waste of time; you might as well throw your money away. Both of these views are wrong. The reality of penetration testing is more complicated and nuanced. Penetration testing is a broad term. It might mean breaking into a network to demonstrate you can. It might mean trying to break into a network to document vulnerabilities. It might involve a remote attack, physical penetration of a data center or social engineering attacks. It might use commercial or proprietary vulnerability scanning tools, or rely on skilled white-hat hackers. It might just evaluate software version numbers and patch levels, and make inferences about vulnerabilities. It's going to be expensive, and you'll get a thick report when the testing is done. And that's the real ...

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Features in this issue

  • Product review: Six removable device control security products

    Six removable device control security products that provide centrally managed granular control over ports, interfaces and storage devices are reviewed. This review evaluates: DeviceLock 6.0 from SmartLine, Sanctuary Device Con-trol 4.0 from SecureWave, Endpoint Access Manager 3.0 from ControlGuard, Device-Wall 4.5 from Centennial Software, Safend Protector 3.1 from Safend and Protect Mobile from Workshare.

  • Prioritizing compliance and information security

    Have compliance demands refocused and weakened information security efforts?

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