Penetration testing methodology is essentially the course of action taken by a pentest provider to conduct the pentest specific to a target website or network. Various methodologies exist that can be used. The methodology chosen for use will differ from provider to provider and often will depend on the type of the target business, the goal of the pentest, and its scope.

Standards in the industry are essential in ensuring that penetration tests are authentic and thorough, covering all important aspects that are of vital importance. As such, there are various standards and methodologies that the pen testing industry conforms to.

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