23 Nov
2023
8
min read

A Brief History of Security Testing

The origins and evolution of security testing. It started in the late 1970s when hackers and security testers began using tools to assess computer system security. Today, security testing is a crucial part of any comprehensive security strategy. Join us as we delve into the world of security testing and its importance in safeguarding our systems from malicious attacks.

Rashi P

Security testing is used to identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities in computer systems, networks, and applications, generally by performing a simulated attack on the system.

The exact date when security testing first came into existence is not clear, with vulnerabilities in computer systems being presented at conferences as early as June 1965, but it was the late 1970s when hackers and security testers began regularly using various tools to test the security of computer systems.

In the 1980s, the term “hacking” became popular, and it was used to refer to the act of breaking into or testing the security of computer systems. This period saw the emergence of various tools for penetration testing such as network sniffers, port scanners, and password crackers.

In the 1990s, the use of security testing became more commonplace as organisations began to recognize it is importance in order to protect their systems from malicious attacks.

In the 2000s, the use of security testing became more widespread as organisations began to recognize the need for comprehensive security testing. This period saw the emergence of automated security testing tools, which made it easier for organisations to conduct tests on their systems, as well as formalised methodologies such as the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual OSSTMM).

During the 2010s, regulatory mandates, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), were introduced. These made security testing unavoidable for most large businesses and organisations processing user data.

Today, security testing is used by organisations of all sizes to identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities in their systems. It is a critical component of any comprehensive security strategy, and organisations must ensure that their tests are conducted regularly to ensure the security of their systems.

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