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Re: pentest physical security
From: nospam () nospam org
Date: 2 Aug 2006 13:28:46 -0000

From a high level, you will be testing two areas most likely:

1) Physical Security controls (the actual devices) and 
2) Implementation of physical security controls (how the devices are implemented as well as physical security policies 
and procedures)

Generally speaking, these controls (e.g., fences, cameras, biometrics, card scanners, man traps, etc.) form are or are 
part of a "secure" perimeter that protects an area to which access is restricted.

The object of a physical security penetration test is to gain access to the secured area while noting flaws in the 
system, procedures and/or how procedures are followed. There are several ways of doing this:

A. Exploiting a flaw in the security control or implementation thereof. For example a control is set to fail open 
instead of closed. Or my favorite, over sensitive motion sensors that actively control door locks.
B.Bypassing or disabling the control. One should be wary of disabling any controls as this could damage customer 
property.
C. Exploiting the weakest link in the chain, which is generally the human factor. 

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but gives some ideas. Obviously the client may want to limit your 
methodologies based upon the agreed scope of the test.

Hope this helps.

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