White box vs. black box security testing: Are you choosing the wrong one? | Infosec Edge Webcast

Black box security testing aims to limit the information given to penetration testers in order to simulate a real-world attack environment. That’s usually a mistake, explains Ted Harrington, Infosec Skills instructor and best-selling author of "Hackable: How to Do Application Security Right." Harrington shares real-world examples where white box penetration outperforms black box testing, and how black box testing actually tests the wrong things.

0:00 – Black box testing vs white boxing testing
0:27 – The goal of security testing
0:58 – Black box security testing misconceptions
2:00 – Real-world example of black box vs white box
3:42 – Black box testing results
4:40 – White box testing results
5:13 – Key takeaways for security testing

– Watch the full webcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYL0Mk1tCqs&ab_channel=Infosec
– Download Ted’s free ebook, “How to secure your software faster and better": https://www.infosecinstitute.com/form/secure-software-ted-harrington-ebook/
– Read Ted’s article on black box testing: https://resources.infosecinstitute.com/topic/3-major-flaws-of-the-black-box-approach-to-security-testing/

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