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The Use of Open Source Intelligence in Penetration Testing

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Open source intelligence refers to information that is publicly available, and that is part of what is examined during penetration testing to identify potential weaknesses in your company’s networks. Every company should employ professionals with this expertise to identify vulnerabilities that are or could be actively exploited to the detriment of the company.

search engines using penetration testing tools

Penetration testing involves looking into such weaknesses as open ports, unsecured internet-connected devices, unpatched software, propriety code vulnerabilities, accidental leaks through social media, and other threat factors. Combing through open source information can provide insight into the most significant threats. It also enables sensitive information to be removed before it can be exploited by a threat actor.

With both passive collection and active collection techniques, as well as going beyond search engines using penetration testing tools, the goal is to identify insecure assets and take steps to keep them from becoming a threat to your business operations. Analyzing open source information such as metadata searches, code searches, image analysis, email searches, people and identity investigation, and more, open source intelligence tools can be exceptionally useful.

If you would like to know more about penetration testing for your company, give us a call at Risk Management Development Group. As a pioneering risk management leader here in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area, we exist to protect your peace of mind, interests, and investments through social engineering, private investigation work, and complete security solutions. We reduce hassle, uncertainty, and loss on your end, making sure you benefit from our incredible depth of knowledge, high-quality tools, and extensive experience. Call today to learn more.

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