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Ethical dilemmas and dimensions in penetration testing.

Faily, Shamal; McAlaney, John; Iacob, Claudia

Authors

John McAlaney

Claudia Iacob



Contributors

Steven M. Furnell
Editor

Nathan L. Clarke
Editor

Abstract

Penetration testers are required to attack systems to evaluate their security, but without engaging in unethical behaviour while doing so. Despite work on hacker values and studies into security practice, there is little literature devoted to the ethical pressures associated with penetration testing. This paper presents several ethical dilemmas and dimensions associated with penetration testing; these shed light on the ethical positions taken by penetration testers, and help identify potential fallacies and biases associated with each position.

Citation

FAILY, S., MCALANEY, J. and IACOB, C. 2015. Ethical dilemmas and dimensions in penetration testing. In Furnell, S.M. and Clarke, N.L. (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th International symposium on human aspects of information security and assurance (HAISA 2015), 1-3 July 2015, Mytilene, Greece. Plymouth: Plymouth University, pages 233-242.

Conference Name 9th International symposium on human aspects of information security and assurance (HAISA 2015)
Conference Location Mytilene, Greece
Start Date Jul 1, 2015
End Date Jul 3, 2015
Acceptance Date May 11, 2015
Publication Date Dec 31, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 7, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 7, 2021
Publisher University of Plymouth
Pages 233-242
ISBN 9781841023885
Keywords Systems security; Penetration testing; Software testing; Hacking; Ethics and computing
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1446664

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