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Ethical Hazards and Safeguards in Penetration Testing.

Faily, S., Iacob, C. and Field, S, 2016. Ethical Hazards and Safeguards in Penetration Testing. In: 30th British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Computers: Fusion, 11-15 July 2016, Bournemouth, UK.

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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.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Penetration testing; ethics; Grounded Theory; personas; goal model; CAIRIS; GRL
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:23804
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:10 Jun 2016 10:52
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:56


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