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Re: Penetration Testing Software
From: Todd Haverkos <infosec () haverkos com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 07:16:39 -0500

Dimitrios Hilton <dhilton () theitguy us> writes:

Does anyone have a recommendation for a low cost Penetration Testing
Software that can produce nice client reports

Hi Dimitrios, 

Penetration testing deliverables don't fall out of a piece of
automated software.  As the meme goes, every time someone suggests
that they can or do, God kills a kitten.  Please think of the kittens!

Vulnerability assessment reports, on the other hand, actually can jump
out of a tool and into a printed report.  Tenable Nessus is where
you're likely to be happiest there if speed, result accuracy, and
customization are valuable to you. 

If you are trying to sell penetration tests that fall directly out of
any tool other than a word processor where a highly experienced human
is creating the report by typing things very specific to the customer
environment and business concerns, you'll become an embarassment to
the penetration testing industry, and someone will call you out
eventually.  Sadly, you'll probably make some money in the interim, as
there will always be companies who want a pentration test report to
check their audit checkbox, but aren't interested in the inconvenient
truth that might come from a real, well-executed, and broadly scoped
penetration test.

The Penetration Testing Execution Standard is definitely something to
become familiar with to better understand what a pen test is and
isn't.   It keeps evolving, but look through the technical guidelines
... and no tool exists that allows anyone to push a button and all
that popping out into a pretty report.  :-)  

Best Regards, 
Todd Haverkos, LPT MsCompE

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