Introduction to pentesting: Reconnaissance

Summary

Information gathering is the first step in any penetration test or hack. Although this phase is less technical than most, its importance shouldn’t be overlooked. The more information you’re able to collect, the better your chances of success of later phases of the penetration test. At first, the amount of information that can be gathered on your target can seem a bit overwhelming, but with a good documentation process, the proper use of tools and further practise you’ll soon master the art of reconnaissance.