Scoping a Penetration Test

Last week I recorded a module about working with clients ahead of a penetration test for my upcoming online course, Breaking Web App Security.  The module is a fairly straight forward discussion about the things we need to do as penetration testers before beginning any engagement.  The section that I spent the most time on was scoping a penetration test.  … Read More

The First Year of Being a Penetration Tester – The Year of Terror

This month marks my sixth year working as a professional penetration tester and all the experiences that have gone along with it.  Its been an interesting experience and has taken a lot of twists and turns.  I was already familiar with doing vulnerability assessments and light penetration testing as a security engineer.  I’d like to say I had lots of … Read More

Webcast: High Noon in the Juice Shop

Attacking Single Page Web Apps You get asked if you can test the security of a JavaScript single page web application and you confidently say that you can. After all, testing web apps is something you’ve done a number of times. Burp Suite gets fired up and you start checking out the latest victim… and you think, “What the heck … Read More

Make Security Awareness Training Real

Think about the last security awareness training that you were forced to sit through by your employer.  Do you remember anything specific from it?  Neither can I.  Why is that?  Personally I believe it is because most of our awareness training is boring and isn’t written in a way that’s interesting at all.  They dump tons of information at us, … Read More

Win a free RetroPie gaming system!

Paladin Security is running a drawing for a free RetroPie gaming system running on a Raspberry Pi 3. The drawing is being done on July 31, 2017, so get your entry in now!  Good luck to everyone that enters.  It should be a fun little box to play on. Retro Pi Drawing

Vulnerability Assessment Versus a Penetration Test

The question of whether to do a vulnerability assessment versus a penetration test will probably come up as you look at your security testing plans.  Some folks have a strong preference of one over the other, but both are valid if used appropriately and in the right situation.  Deciding which to use is pretty straight forward.  Let’s just jump into it. Vulnerability Assessment … Read More

Prepare Your Security Testing Program

Most of us would agree that planning ahead beats reacting to developing and unexpected situations.  The nice thing about security testing is that it isn’t hard to plan for.  Even if you aren’t able to schedule a test right now, you can start preparing for when one is needed.  Let’s take a look at a few things you can do right … Read More

Security Testing Blog Post and Video Series

Planning for Security Testing Security testing is critical component of a security program and needs to be done on a regular basis.  However, I’ve noticed that how companies use security testing varies wildly.  Some companies have their testing integrated into their plans for the year.  Their tests are scheduled in advance and they know what needs to be focused on. … Read More

Penetration Testing Services Now Available!

I’m very excited to announce that Paladin Security is now offering penetration testing as part of our services!  For the last 5 years I have been working full time as a penetration tester and consultant at Secure Ideas.  Being a part of this incredibly talented team was exciting and a bit humbling at times.  However, it was time for a … Read More

Penetration Testing Tools and Equipment

Getting started with penetration testing Penetration testing is often looked on as an elite set of skills that only a few can learn.  It’s also thought that expensive equipment and tools are needed to perform a penetration test.  You may think that you can’t get started in it because you don’t have the money to buy the required gear.  It’s not … Read More