The SANS Penetration Testing Summit was held this year at the Hyatt Baltimore in Baltimore, MD on June 14 - 15 and was focused on “What Works in Penetration Testing".
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I participated in a panel discussion with Joshua Wright, Vincent Liu and Joshua Abrams titled, "Most Effective New Technique You've Applied in the Past 12 Months". We started by having each of us share two fun, new or interesting penetration testing techniques that we've applied in the past year. It was a great discussion, covering topics such as wireless, vulnerability assessments and what tools to get started with.
I shared a story with the audience about lock picking. The story details the travels of my friend (let's call him "Bob") who was put into a situation where he had to pick a lock. Bob did not have his lock-picking set and was forced to use more crude tools. In the end, Bob ended up prying off the entire doorknob with even more rudimentary and crude tools. I then circled back around to the lessons learned and how they apply to both lock picking and penetration testing: