What Is NIST Special Publication 800-115 and What Does it Say About Penetration Testing?

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As technology advances, the need for effective cybersecurity measures becomes increasingly important. The necessity for regular testing, including penetration testing, has raised awareness of best practices and standards for such assessments.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed comprehensive guidelines and standards to help organizations safeguard their information systems from cyber threats. Among these guidelines is NIST 800-115, a guide for conducting penetration testing on information systems.

This article will explore the fundamental principles of NIST 800-115 and the benefits of conducting penetration testing according to its guidelines. We will also discuss how organizations can use the information gathered from penetration testing to improve their cybersecurity. Organizations can better protect their systems and data from cyber threats by following the recommendations outlined in this guide.


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What Are Red Team Exercises and What Part Do They Play in Cybersecurity?

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Penetration testing is an increasingly common part of cybersecurity and compliance regulations. The truth is that in many cases, the best way to get to the root of IT vulnerabilities in a system is to expose them to controlled but realistic attack scenarios that probe every interaction and connection in that system. In many cases, organizations will take penetration one step further and use what has been called red team testing. 

Here we’ll discuss the difference between typical pen testing and red team exercises, how red team testing can help you better understand your security risks, and why that’s important for your organization’s compliance efforts. 

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