What is penetration testing?

January 20, 2019 | Ian Thornton-Trump
Ian Thornton-Trump

Ian Thornton-Trump

Ian Thornton-Trump, CD, CEH, CNDA, CySA+, CPM, BA is an ITIL certified IT professional with 25 years of experience in IT security and information technology. From 1989 to 1992, Ian served with the Canadian Forces (CF), Military Intelligence Branch; in 2002, he joined the CF Military Police Reserves and retired as a Public Affairs Officer in 2013. After a year with the RCMP as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Ian worked as a cybersecurity analyst/consultant for multi-national insurance, banking, and regional health care. His most memorable role was being a project manager, specializing in cybersecurity for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Today, as Head of Cyber Security for AmTrust International, a subsidiary of AmTrust Financial Services Inc (AFSI), Ian has deep experience with the threats facing small, medium and enterprise businesses. His research and experience have made him a sought-after cybersecurity consultant specializing in cyber threat intelligence programs for small, medium and enterprise organizations. In his spare time, he teaches cybersecurity and IT business courses for CompTIA as part of their global faculty and advises The Swisscross Foundation, an independent and impartial humanitarian non-profit organization on matters of cybersecurity.

January 20, 2019 | Ian Thornton-Trump

What is penetration testing?

What is penetration testing? Penetration testing, often called “pen testing” is one of several techniques used to verify cybersecurity posture and provide a level of assurance to the organization that its cyber defenses are functional. It’s a way of testing defenses against an adversary who mimics a cyber-criminal actor. First Rule of Network Penetration Testing: Make…

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