A Penetration test is a simulated computer attack attempting to breach a website or application and discover its vulnerabilities so that they can be corrected. Typically, a Pen test is part of an application's security policy.

Pen tests are commonly performed by a 3rd party security company using ethical hacking guidelines. As a simulated cyberattack, ethical hacking techniques help security professionals evaluate the effectiveness of information security measures within their organization and any external applications they are evaluating.

The pen test attempts to pierce the armor of an organization’s cyber defenses, checking for exploitable vulnerabilities in networks, web apps, and user security. The objective is to find weaknesses in systems before attackers do and correct them.

Pairaphrase uses a 3rd party ethical hacking company to perform annual pen tests. A Letter of Attestation is available to users to validate Pairaphrase security claims.

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