The Pentesting Guide


On this website, you will find a guide and methodology that you can follow to perform a penetration test.

What is a penetration test?

A penetration test is an authorised simulated cyberattack against your computer system to evaluate its security at a given time, identifying and exploiting any vulnerability on your systems that attackers could exploit to demonstrate the business impacts of weaknesses in your systems.

What is not a penetration test?

A penetration test is not:

  • A vulnerability assessment: The process of identifying, quantifying, and prioritising (or ranking) the vulnerabilities in a system.

  • Red Teaming: The process of demonstrating how an organisation would face a real attack against its networks, applications, physical security controls and employees.

  • Bug bounty program: Independent hackers are paid per vulnerability and bugs found. Bounty programs usually continue for the product’s lifetime finding new vulnerabilities as the product changes.

How to proceed?

As you can see in the image below, this is not only a summary of what you are going to find on this site but also the steps you should follow in order to perform a penetration test.

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