« Pentest » is short for penetration testing, which is a proactive approach to identifying security vulnerabilities in computer systems, networks, or web applications. It involves simulating an attack on a computer system or network to evaluate its security posture and discover potential weaknesses that malicious attackers could exploit.

Penetration testing typically involves several steps:

Planning and reconnaissance: This involves gathering information about the target system or network to understand its structure, potential vulnerabilities, and possible attack vectors.

Scanning: This step involves using automated tools to scan the target system or network for open ports, services, and vulnerabilities.

Gaining access: Penetration testers attempt to exploit identified vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to the system or network.

Maintaining access: If successful in gaining access, the testers may attempt to maintain their access to the system to simulate what a real attacker might do.

Analysis and reporting: Finally, the results of the penetration test are analyzed, and a detailed report is prepared outlining the vulnerabilities discovered, the potential impact of those vulnerabilities, and recommendations for remediation.

Penetration testing is an essential component of any comprehensive security program and helps organizations identify and address security weaknesses before they can be exploited by malicious actors