Penetration testing professional ethics : a conceptual model and taxonomy

Pierce, Justin D., Jones, Ashley G. and Warren, Matthew 2006, Penetration testing professional ethics : a conceptual model and taxonomy, Australasian journal of information systems, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 193-200.

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Title Penetration testing professional ethics : a conceptual model and taxonomy
Author(s) Pierce, Justin D.
Jones, Ashley G.
Warren, MatthewORCID iD for Warren, Matthew
Journal name Australasian journal of information systems
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 193
End page 200
Publisher Australasian Association for Information Systems
Place of publication North Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1449-8618
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.
Language eng
Field of Research 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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