CISO's Guide to Penetration Testing: A Framework to Plan, Manage, and Maximize Benefits

James S. Tiller

Auerbach Publications
Published December 13, 2011
Reference - 389 Pages - 45 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439880272 - CAT# K13771

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  • Connects reconnaissance, data collection, vulnerability analysis, exploitation, and other testing components to business objectives
  • Highlights the need for proper communications, expectations, and metrics before testing
  • Provides the framework for protecting security professionals and confidential information during testing
  • Supplies expert guidance on the integration of testing results into security practice


CISO's Guide to Penetration Testing: A Framework to Plan, Manage, and Maximize Benefits details the methodologies, framework, and unwritten conventions penetration tests should cover to provide the most value to your organization and your customers. Discussing the process from both a consultative and technical perspective, it provides an overview of the common tools and exploits used by attackers along with the rationale for why they are used.

From the first meeting to accepting the deliverables and knowing what to do with the results, James Tiller explains what to expect from all phases of the testing life cycle. He describes how to set test expectations and how to identify a good test from a bad one. He introduces the business characteristics of testing, the imposed and inherent limitations, and describes how to deal with those limitations.

The book outlines a framework for protecting confidential information and security professionals during testing. It covers social engineering and explains how to tune the plethora of options to best use this investigative tool within your own environment.

Ideal for senior security management and anyone else responsible for ensuring a sound security posture, this reference depicts a wide range of possible attack scenarios. It illustrates the complete cycle of attack from the hacker’s perspective and presents a comprehensive framework to help you meet the objectives of penetration testing—including deliverables and the final report.


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