Note: We are not sure about the word count, so please check …

Note: We are not sure about the word count, so please check yourself. Instructions In the Final Penetration Test Proposal Template, add previous submissions, make updates and corrections based on the feedback received from your instructor, and add the Maintaining Access and Covering Your Tracks plans. So, your final proposal will include the following components: Rules of Engagement (from Deliverable 1) Reconnaissance Plan (from Deliverable 2) Scanning Plan (from Deliverable 2) Gaining Access Plan (from Deliverable 3) Maintaining Access Plan (New)

Final Penetration Test Proposal

Introduction

The purpose of this final penetration test proposal is to outline the components of a comprehensive plan to conduct a penetration test. This proposal builds upon the previous submissions and incorporates updates and corrections based on feedback from the instructor. In addition, two new components have been included: the Maintaining Access Plan and the Covering Your Tracks Plan. The overall goal of this proposal is to provide a detailed framework for conducting a successful penetration test.

Rules of Engagement

The Rules of Engagement (RoE) outline the scope and limitations of the penetration test. This document specifies the target systems, the testing methodologies, and the boundaries within which the test can be conducted. It is essential to clearly define what is within the scope of the test and to obtain explicit consent from the system owners. The RoE provide a legal and ethical framework for conducting the test, ensuring that the actions are within the boundaries of the law and respect the privacy of the system owners. The RoE from Deliverable 1 will be included in this final proposal.

Reconnaissance Plan

The Reconnaissance Plan outlines the initial stage of the penetration test, which involves gathering information about the target systems. This phase includes passive information gathering techniques such as reviewing publicly available data, conducting WHOIS queries, and searching social media platforms for information. Additionally, active scanning techniques such as port scanning and network mapping are employed to identify potential vulnerabilities. The information gathered in this phase will be used to plan subsequent stages of the penetration test. The Reconnaissance Plan from Deliverable 2 will be included in this final proposal.

Scanning Plan

The Scanning Plan details the second stage of the penetration test, which involves actively probing the target systems for vulnerabilities. This phase includes vulnerability scanning, where automated tools are used to identify weaknesses in the system. Additionally, manual techniques such as banner grabbing and network sniffing may be employed to gather more specific information about the target systems. The Scanning Plan from Deliverable 2 will be included in this final proposal.

Gaining Access Plan

The Gaining Access Plan outlines the third stage of the penetration test, which focuses on exploiting identified vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to the target systems. This phase typically involves the use of various attack vectors, including but not limited to exploiting software vulnerabilities, leveraging weak passwords, or social engineering techniques. The objective is to assess the effectiveness of the system’s security controls in preventing unauthorized access. The Gaining Access Plan from Deliverable 3 will be included in this final proposal.

Maintaining Access Plan

The Maintaining Access Plan is a new component of this final proposal. It outlines the methods that will be employed to maintain access to the target systems once unauthorized access has been achieved. This involves setting up backdoors, creating privileged accounts, or exploiting other vulnerabilities that allow for ongoing access. The purpose of this phase is to assess the system’s ability to detect and respond to persistent attacks.