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Penetration testing methodologies

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  • OWASP testing guide
  • PCI Penetration testing guide
  • Penetration Testing Execution Standard
  • NIST 800-115
  • Penetration Testing Framework
  • Information Systems Security Assessment Framework (ISSAF)
  • Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (“OSSTMM”)

Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES)

PTES defines penetration testing as 7 phases.

  • Pre-engagement Interactions
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Threat Modeling
  • Vulnerability Analysis
  • Exploitation
  • Post Exploitation
  • Reporting

Instead of simply methodology or process, PTES also provides hands-on technical guidelines for what/how to test, rationale of testing and recommended testing tools and usage.

PCI Penetration testing guide

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Requirement 11.3 defines the penetration testing. PCI also defines Penetration Testing Guidance.

PCI DSS Penetration Testing Requirements

  • Based on industry-accepted approaches 3.1, 4.4, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.2
  • Coverage for CDE and critical systems 2.2, 2.2.1, 4.1.1
  • Includes external and internal testing 2.2
  • Test to validate scope reduction 2.2
  • Application-layer testing 2.3, 4.2.1
  • Network-layer tests for network and OS 2.3, 4.2.2

Penetration Testing Framework

Technical Guide to Information Security Testing and Assessment (NIST800-115)

Information Systems Security Assessment Framework (ISSAF)

Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM)

OSSTMM is a methodology to test the operational security of physical locations, workflow, human security testing, physical security testing, wireless security testing, telecommunication security testing, data networks security testing and compliance. OSSTMM can be supporting reference of IOS 27001 instead of a hands-on penetration testing guide.

OSSTMM includes the following key sections:

    • Operational Security Metrics
    • Trust Analysis
    • Work Flow.
    • Human Security Testing
    • Physical Security Testing
    • Wireless Security Testing
    • Telecommunications Security Testing
    • Data Networks Security Testing
    • Compliance Regulations
    • Reporting with the STAR (Security Test Audit Report)