Hello, and welcome back to this next TomCast from GuardSight; we are a tactical cybersecurity-as-a-service organization dedicated to helping businesses protect their data, their assets, and their endpoints.

Today we are joined by Nathan Coats, the Director of Cybersecurity Special Operations and Incident Response to talk about penetration testing. Welcome Nathan!

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What is penetration testing?

What makes it so useful?

It seems like this could be used against an organization; how can a penetration tester do something like this without harming the target business?

When would a penetration test typically be performed? Would this be part of an assessment of the organization, or would this be something that would be by request only?

Are there any free cybersecurity tools out there that a penetration tester could use?

Once a penetration test has been completed, what happens next?

As someone that has seen many incident response scenarios, how valuable (in your experience) is a penetration test?

If you could provide some advice through here to our listeners regarding penetration testing, what would that advice be?

Thanks Nathan, you have provided some excellent and very helpful information!

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