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Penetration Testing Outline
Project Planning and Scoping
- Define the scope of the penetration test.
- Define the rules of engagement and any potential legal boundaries. (internal, external, employee interactions)
- Develop a project timeline.
- Research the client and the systems to be tested based on documentation client provided.
- Use tools and techniques to collect data about the network (IP addresses, domain names, etc.).
- Identify potential threats based on the collected information.
- Determine possible attack vectors and vulnerabilities.
- Use automated tools to scan for known vulnerabilities.
- Manually review network configuration, web applications, and system setup for potential weaknesses.
- Review any existing security controls and policies.
- Exploit identified vulnerabilities to gain access.
- Attempt to escalate privileges and further penetrate the network.
- Determine the potential impact of the exploit.
- Attempt to maintain access and establish persistence.
- Explore the network for additional targets.
- Document all findings, actions, and outcomes.
- Create a comprehensive report detailing vulnerabilities found, data accessed, systems compromised, and the potential impact.
- Provide specific, actionable recommendations for addressing identified vulnerabilities.
- Remove all artifacts of the penetration test from the systems.
- Return any altered configurations or settings to their original state.
- After all remediations have been applied by the client, retest the systems to verify that the vulnerabilities have been effectively mitigated.
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