You have been contracted to conduct a penetration test of a medium-sized DoD contractor with offices in San Diego and Washington, DC. The organization has 75 employees. They mostly use Windows with a few Linux servers. All of their IT infrastructure is hosted on-premise. Social engineering is authorized.

Penetration Testing Frameworks

Explore one of the two pentest frameworks listed below.

  • Penetration Testing Execution Standard
  • Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM)

Write a paper that:

Describes the framework and how it can be used.


Discuss how you would use the pentest framework to conduct a penetration test of an organization based on the scenario below. For example, discuss some of the tools and methods listed here ( that you would use to gather OSIINT on the target.

Submission Requirements

Submit as a Word document in this format:

  • No cover/title page – just use a heading at the top of the page which has Course #/Title, Assignment Title (e.g., Week Four Writing Assignment), your name, and date

  • 1-inch margins

  • Double-spaced

  • Standard font (e.g., Arial, Calibri, Times Roman)

  • 12-pt font size only

  • Page length: 3-5 pages

APA format as demonstrated in this example:

  • Apa_example_sixth_edition  – Word Document (28 KB)

Please use the following Grading Rubric for this assignment:

  • Written Assignment Rubric – Word Document (48 KB)

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