Get the right security testing Course

Most organizations ask for penetration testing, yet are sold vulnerability scanning. You’ll learn how to differentiate these terms and figure out what best supports your security testing goals.

1 hour

Course description

If a system has something worth protecting, companies usually invest in security testing to determine if the system has weaknesses. But what are you actually getting? This course examines the widespread confusion about security assessment terms, so you can differentiate what is what and get the right outcomes.


Big ideas

Video - 00:03:00

A summary of the key points of this course.
Bug bounty programs

Video - 00:16:00

Understanding how bug bounty programs fit into your overall security testing strategy.
Case study: A vulnerability assessment in action

Video - 00:17:00

A story about a real-world vulnerability, what happened and the key insights to take away from it.
What is "penetration testing," anyway?

Video - 00:21:00

Differentiating penetration testing from vulnerability scanning from vulnerability assessments, what each is and when to use each.
Get the right security testing overview

Video - 00:02:00

A brief introduction to the ideas that this course section will cover.

Meet the author

Ted Harrington

Ted Harrington is the #1 bestselling author of "Hackable", which led to his TED talk “Why You Need To Think Like a Hacker.” He’s the Executive Partner at ISE, the company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, and web apps; he also co-founded START, software which simplifies vendor risk management. His clients include Google, Amazon, and Netflix, and he has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Forbes. His team founded IoT Village, an event series whose hacking contest is a four-time DEF CON Black Badge winner, and he hosts the Tech Done Different podcast.

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