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16 December 2012

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Comparison Chart Between Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing


In this world, many people are still confused between Ethical hacking and Penetrating Testing till now. Thats why today I came up with an post on Ethical hacking vs. Penetrating Testing. I have collected the data from various sites and hope you all will like it very much. Enjoy...

Ethical Hacking Vs Penetrating Testing:

1. Ethical Hacking

According to Pen-Test.Com: Well Ethical hacking is an expansive term encompassing all hacking techniques, and computer attack techniques to find security flaws with the permission of the target owner and the goal of improving the target’s security while penetration testing is more focused on the process of finding vulnerabilities in a target environment. In short, penetration testing is a subset of ethical hacking.

According to Wiki: An ethical hacker is usually employed by an organization who trusts him or her to attempt to penetrate networks and/or computer systems, using the same methods as a hacker, for the purpose of finding and fixing computer security vulnerabilities. Unauthorized hacking (i.e., gaining access to computer systems without prior authorization from the owner) is a crime in most countries, but penetration testing done by request of the owner of the targeted system(s) or network(s) is not.

According to EC- Council: A penetration test of which the goal is to discover trophies throughout the network within the predetermined project time limit.

2. Penetrating Testing

According to Wiki: A penetration test, occasionally pentest, is a method of evaluating the security of a computer system or network by simulating an attack from malicious outsiders (who do not have an authorized means of accessing the organization's systems) and malicious insiders (who have some level of authorized access).The process involves an active analysis of the system for any potential vulnerabilities that could result from poor or improper system configuration, both known and unknown hardware or software flaws, or operational weaknesses in process or technical countermeasures. This analysis is carried out from the position of a potential attacker and can involve active exploitation of security vulnerabilities.

According to Pen-Test.Com: Penetration testing is a more narrowly focused phrase, it deals with the process of finding flaws in a target environment with the goal of penetration systems, taking control of them. Penetration testing, as the name implies, is focused on penetration the target organization’s defenses, compromising systems and getting access to information.

According to EC- Council: It is an goal-oriented project of which the goal is the trophy and includes gaining privileged access by pre-conditional means.

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