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Penetration testing Methods And Tools: A Quick Guide
December 29, 2022
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Penetration Testing is an essential tool for discovering and fixing flaws in software applications, systems, and networks. It means actively probing for weaknesses to break into the system or application. Penetration testing also takes place in various ways, and each method has different characteristics.

Automated Penetration Testing is an important development on conventional penetration testing. It aims to increase its effectiveness in practice. Automated Penetration Testing is a continuous process that uses automated testing methodologies to search for and thus help protect against weaknesses in applications, systems, networks–in short the entire attack surface. Performing fast-paced security testing provides a first line of defense because it puts the organization in a position to respond immediately should an attack occur. Boost your cyber-resilience through Automated Penetration Testing, to make comprehensive and effective vulnerability management a reality.

External Evaluation:

External evaluation, or “black box testing” as it’s also known, is a type of penetration test conducted from the point-of-view of an external attacker. The tester knows nothing of the system or application being tested in advance and is only given information available to an attacker outside. This kind of testing is aimed at emulating an actual attack and would normally be used to unearth flaws that could fall victim to the hands of outside hackers.

Internal Evaluation:

“White box testing” is a form of penetration testing carried out from the standpoint of an internal user. The tester has the complete facility with the system or application being tested, including info on source code and documentation, which they may use to pick out weaknesses. Penetration testing of this kind is generally used to find loopholes that are not exposed to outside attackers and usually takes place in tandem with an external evaluation.

Blind Testing:

Another type of penetration testing is blind testing. In a blind test, the tester only has minimally available information about what he or she will be probing. With the source code and internal documentation off-limits to testers, they are thrown into battle with their knowledge and skills against us. A type of testing that resembles a real-world attack, it is often used to test the security of critical systems or applications.

Double Blind Testing:

A type of penetration testing, double-blind testing is when neither the tester nor system or application being tested are known to each other. The only information the tester gets about the system or application is limited, and there’s no idea of exactly what objectives are to be achieved by testing. This type of testing is most commonly used to test the security of very high-value systems or applications and tries to replicate a real-world attack as much as possible.

Target Testing:

Penetration testing is a specialized form of target testing. The tester is given specific goals to achieve. Accordingly, the tester is given access to a target system or application aiming at finding and possibly using weaknesses. The goal is to meet the test’s particular objectives. This method is especially suitable for judging the security of identified systems or applications, and it can fit according to an organization’s particular requirements.

Tools for Penetration Testing:

Penetration testing comes with a wide array of tools, ranging from simple command-line interfaces to complex GUI applications. Among the commonly used tools are:

  • Port Scanning Software: These tools can be used to check the open ports on systems or networks which are often a telltale sign of potential security weaknesses.
  • Vulnerability Scanning Software: These tools, which are used to find known vulnerabilities in systems or networks, can be found by an attacker.
  • Network Monitoring Tools: These applications collect and analyze traffic on the network, allowing testers to catch openings that criminals could exploit as well as supervising operations within the network.
  • Password Analysis Tools: These are applied in password security assessment, helping find weak or easily decoded passwords.

Selection Criteria to Select the Best Penetration Testing Tool:

Although the tools for penetration testing are numerous, particularly in terms of cloud-based applications, choosing between them is a labyrinthine task. The purpose of this blog article is to help us understand what we should look at when choosing the best penetration testing tools for cloud applications.

Compatibility with Cloud Infrastructure:

Compatibility with the cloud infrastructure is an important criterion in choosing penetration testing tools for use on cloud applications. Cloud-based tools are required because they are better suited to finding defects within cloud applications.

Ease of Use:

Another important consideration is ease of use. The complexity involved in testing cloud-based applications means that choosing user-friendly and intuitive tools is all the more important. These tools allow testers to accurately and efficiently find weaknesses so that they can be quickly fixed.


When choosing which penetration testing tools to employ, particular attention should be paid by service providers for cloud-based applications that process large amounts of data and are moving a lot of traffic around. Scalability such as this makes testing both smooth and thorough, enabling rapid detection of loopholes.

Integration with Other Tools:

Another important consideration is to what degree (if any) penetration testing tools may integrate with other systems and tools. This is especially important for companies using the tools of multiple vendors to handle their cloud applications. Thus effective integration increases testing efficiency through streamlining the workflow.

Support and Documentation:

Choosing automated penetration testing tools with solid support and comprehensive documentation is key. Sufficient support and detailed and accurate documentation help testers familiarize themselves with the tools rapidly so that they can effectively detect weaknesses in cloud-based applications.


Prancer Penetration Testing is an indispensable element of any organization’s cyber-security strategy, and doubly so for those that employ cloud applications. Compared to the underlying Cloud Infrastructure, ease of use, scalability, and integration with other tools; consideration should also be given (as in penetration tests carried out on any application) to support documentation. Careful consideration of these factors helps organizations select the appropriate tools to safeguard their cloud-based applications.