What Are the 4 Types of Penetration Testing?

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In previous articles, we’ve discussed the basics of penetration testing and more advanced automated pen testing. The truth is that modern penetration testing has evolved along several different trajectories, all impacted by the unique demands of data-driven business. 

Here, we’ll cover the different, broad categories of penetration testing, and what they are intended to protect your systems from. Following this, you should be able to recognize, regardless of your compliance requirements, what penetration tests you would need to assess your comprehensive security posture. 


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What is Penetration Testing

There are several types of testing in the IT market, each meant to address different aspects of security, operations and compliance. Penetration testing is a practice that can often span many of these aspects in meaningful ways, by providing security and system awareness across almost any facet of your organization’s technical operations. 

Here, we’ll start with an intro to the concept of penetration testing. In the near future, we will start to dig into the details of penetration testing for compliance, but here we will introduce some of the basics of what penetration is and why it is important. 

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What is the Difference Between Cybersecurity and Compliance?

Cyber Security and Compliance

Words like cybersecurity and compliance are often interchangeable without much care taken with how they differ. But make no mistake: while they are related practices, both are different approaches to a common problem of cybersecurity threats. 

Here we break down the differences and, more importantly, why these differences are important for when you have to meet compliance requirements or undergo audits. 

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