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A penetration test is a coordinated and scaled set of intrusion activities attempted from the adversarial view of a hacker. The goal of a penetration test is to determine what can be accomplished and with what level of difficulty within estimated time frames. A penetration test would produce a report that defines the results of the risk exposure items postulated in the Level II Assessment.

The following items are explored:

  • Brute Force Password Attempts
  • Wireless Redirection and Data Interception Attempts
  • Physical Intrusion Attempts
  • Known Exploit Attempts
  • DNS Redirection Attempts
  • Other Aggressive Testing Methods


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