External penetration testing identifies what sensitive information hackers are able to access from the outside world.
This type of penetration testing is different to vulnerability testing. This test identifies what information is actually accessible, not only if vulnerabilities exist. The test mimics the actions of an actual attacker without the threat of data loss.
Why perform an external penetration test?
Apart from being an essential part of managing cyber security threats, external penetration tests are required to comply with many IT security compliance guidelines including ISM by ISO 27001 and PCI DSS.
External penetration testing should be performed regularly to ensure compliance and ensure the security external networks remain secure.