7MS #368: Tales of Pentest Fail

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This episode of the 7 Minute Security Podcast is brought to you by Authentic8, creators of Silo. Silo allows its users to conduct online investigations to collect information off the web securely and anonymously. For more information, check out Authentic8.

In today's episode, I toss myself under the proverbial security bus and share a tale of pentest fail. Looking back, I think the most important lessons learned were:

  • Scope projects well - I've been part of many over- and under-scoped projects due to PMs and/or sales folks doing an oversimplified calculations, like "URLs times X amount of dollars equals the SOW price." I recommend sending clients a more in-depth questionnaire and even jump on a Web meeting to get a nickel tour of their apps before sending a quote.

  • Train your juniors - IMHO, they should shoulder-surf with more senior engineers a few times and not do much hands-to-keyboard work at first (except maybe helping write the report) until they demonstrate proficiency.

  • Use automated pentest tools with caution - they need proper tuning/care/feeding or they can bring down Web sites and "over test" parameters.

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