There are several methodology frameworks for penetration testing that are widely used by security professionals. Here are some of the best:

It is important to use a methodology framework for penetration testing for several reasons:

  • Structured approach: helps ensure necessary steps are taken to identify and exploit vulnerabilities

  • Consistency: helps ensure consistency across different tests and testers

  • Best practices: helps reduce risk of unintended consequences

  • Communication: structured communication helps set expectations to ensure all are on the same page

  • Compliance: many standards require penetration tests be conducted via methodology framework

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