A taxonomy of penetration testing ethics

Pierce, Justin D., Jones, Ashley G. and Warren, Matthew 2005, A taxonomy of penetration testing ethics, in Conference proceedings of AiCE 2005 Geelong, September 26th, 2005, fourth Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference, Deakin University, School of Information Systems, Geelong, Vic..

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Title A taxonomy of penetration testing ethics
Author(s) Pierce, Justin D.
Jones, Ashley G.
Warren, Matthew
Conference name Australian Institute of Computer Ethics. Conference (4th : 2005 : Geelong)
Conference location Geelong, Australia
Conference dates 26 September 2005
Title of proceedings Conference proceedings of AiCE 2005 Geelong, September 26th, 2005, fourth Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference
Editor(s) Warren, Matthew
Publication date 2005
Conference series Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference
Publisher Deakin University, School of Information Systems
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Keyword(s) penetration testing
computer security and computer ethics
Summary In an environment where commercial software is continually patched to correct security flaws, penetration testing can provide organisations with a realistic assessment of their security posture. Penetration testing uses the same principles as criminal hackers to penetrate corporate networks and thereby verify the presence of software vulnerabilities. Network administrators can use the results of a penetration test to correct flaws and improve overall security. The use of hacking techniques, however, raises several ethical questions that centre on the integrity of the tester to maintain professional distance and uphold the profession. This paper discusses the ethics of penetration testing and presents our conceptual model and revised taxonomy.
ISBN 1741560217
9781741560213
Language eng
Field of Research 080499 Data Format not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005656

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