Ethical hazards and safeguards in penetration testing

Shamal Faily, Claudia Iacob, Sarah Field

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Abstract

Penetration testing entails attacking a system to identify and report insecurity, but doing so without harming the system nor encroaching on the dignity of those affected by it. To improve the interaction between penetration testers and their processes and technology, we need to understand the factors that affect decisions they make with ethical import. This paper presents four ethical hazards faced by penetration testers, and three safeguards that address them. We also present preliminary results validating the hazards and safeguards.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2016)
PublisherBCS Learning and Development
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016
Event30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference: HCI 2016 - Poole, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Jul 201615 Jul 2016

Conference

Conference30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityPoole
Period11/07/1615/07/16

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