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Ethical hacking can be conducted by skilled security personnel or by automated penetration testing platforms. Both use knowledge and learned techniques to improve an organization’s security posture. Ethical hacking looks for vulnerabilities that create risk that can lead to security breaches. It attempts to gain unauthorized access to a network, system, application, or data, by using the same strategies and actions of malicious attackers.
By identifying and validating security vulnerabilities, organizations can fix them before discovery and exploitation by bad actors. After discovering a vulnerability, ethical hacking validates and reports the findings and provides remediation advice.
RidgeBot® ethical hacking
Acting like a real attacker, RidgeBot® automatically discovers active assets like applications, servers, operating systems, databases, and websites. It then scans and reports on discovered infrastructure attack surfaces, like weak URLs, open ports, and system vulnerabilities, using actual payload to detect vulnerabilities. Using ethical hacking skills learned from human testers, RidgeBot® launches sophisticated, joint, and iterative attacks, and verifies whether certain configurations would allow real hackers to laterally move further into the environment.
RidgeBot® performs various ethical hacking tactics, strategies, and processes, like dumping password hashes or looking for hard-coded credentials, then adding the data to its repertoire for the next round of testing and investigation.