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Ninth International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2015)
Title: Ethical Dilemmas and Dimensions in Penetration Testing
Author(s): Shamal Faily, John McAlaney, Claudia Iacob
Keywords: Penetration Testing, Ethics, Dilemmas, Fallacies, Biases
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.
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