Access "Viewpoint: What if you can't afford pen-testing?"
This article is part of the May 2007 issue of Nine tips to guarding your intellectual property
Pen Testing Pluses While I agree with Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum on the lack of benefit in paying someone to do penetration testing (Face-Off, March 2007), I completely disagree that it doesn't have value if you have the expertise--or at least willingness, patience and time--to do it yourself. This is something they don't address. I'm constantly doing pen testing in my network using several tools, and it's for several reasons: Security and vulnerability assessment of critical applications and servers. Penetration is not just for immediate patch needs. Pen testing shows me the flow of my environment and helps classify types of traffic. By pen testing and understanding what I face now, I can better understand how to avoid those same things in the future. Clarification of threats--while you should know your network, that is not always the case. There will always be something out there that either wasn't in your control, or isn't in your realm of expertise. Defining threats and where to look for them on your network saves time for those who don't live and ... Access >>>
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