Penetration-test meaning

A test of a network's vulnerabilities by having an authorized individual actually attempt to break into the network. The tester may undertake several methods, workarounds and "hacks" to gain entry, often initially getting through to one seemingly harmless section, and from there, attacking more sensitive areas of the network.Security experts recommend that an annual penetration test be undertaken as a supplement to a more frequent automated security scan. See security scan and ethical hacker.
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(engineering) Either a static or dynamic test of the relative density of sand, slit etc using a penetrometer.
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(computing) A test for vulnerabilities in a computer network in which an authorized person attempts to gain access from outside.
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