International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Science and Technology | India | Volume 10 Issue 3, March 2021

Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing: Accessing Cybersecurity Defenses in the Digital Age

Bhargav Reddy Piduru [3]

Abstract: This research endeavors to scrutinize the critical role of ethical hacking and penetration testing in contemporary cybersecurity practices. The primary objectives include exploring the ethical dilemmas and legal intricacies surrounding these essential security measures. The methodology employed involves an in - depth analysis of current laws and regulations governing ethical hacking, coupled with case studies illustrating real - world applications. Key findings underscore the significance of obtaining informed consent, delineating clear testing scopes, and adhering to legal frameworks such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The implications of this research extend beyond theoretical considerations to practical applications, emphasizing the necessity for organizations to collaborate with legal experts in framing rules of engagement. Thorough documentation emerges as a crucial aspect, aiding in demonstrating adherence to ethical and legal standards. This research sheds light on the multifaceted landscape of ethical hacking and penetration testing, offering insights into the evolving realm of cybersecurity. As organizations grapple with the ever - increasing threat landscape, ethical hacking emerges as an indispensable tool, provided it is wielded responsibly within the bounds of legal and ethical frameworks. The findings serve as a guide for practitioners, policymakers, and organizations aiming to fortify their defenses in the face of digital threats.

Keywords: Ethical hacking, Penetration testing, Cybersecurity practices, Ethical dilemmas, Legal intricacies, Laws and regulations, Case studies, Informed consent, testing scopes, Rules of engagement, Collaboration with legal experts, Documentation, Threat landscape, Responsible use, Multifaceted landscape, Practical applications, Defense against digital threats, Guide for practitioners, Guide for policymakers, Guide for organizations, Evolving realm of cybersecurity

Edition: Volume 10 Issue 3, March 2021,

Pages: 1944 - 1949

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