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Texas Pen Testers is a leading provider of penetration testing solutions for Tx-DOT contractual requirements for suppliers, vendors, and businesses in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and all other areas in Texas.

In terms of the intended audience, the Catalog applies to all information systems and associated entities that process, store, or maintain TxDOT data. If you are a supplier, vendor, business, partner – essentially, any type of entity storing, processing, and/or transmitting TxDOT data – a penetration test may be a contractual requirement with Tx-DOT. 

The TxDOT Information Security and Privacy Controls Standards Catalog (Catalog) provides the complete set of the minimum security controls for information systems that process, store, transmit, or maintain TxDOT data.

Per CA-08 of the Catalog, an organization is to “conduct penetration testing… on assets…that create, access, process, transmit, or store any TxDOT information classified as Confidential or Regulated.” 

Tx-DOT Penetration Testing Steps

Penetration testing typically consists of several distinct phases, each serving a specific purpose in the assessment of a system’s security. While the specific terminology and order of these phases may vary depending on the methodology or framework used, we employ the following recognized phases in penetration testing

Pre-Engagement Planning

  • Define the scope and objectives of the penetration test.
  • Obtain proper authorization and necessary agreements.
  • Gather information about the target system, including its architecture, technologies, and potential vulnerabilities.


  • Conduct passive information gathering to gather details about the target, such as IP addresses, domain names, employee information, and public-facing systems.
  • Use open-source intelligence (OSINT) techniques to collect information from publicly available sources, social media, DNS records, and search engines.

Scanning & Enumeration

  • Active scanning involves using tools and techniques to identify potential vulnerabilities, open ports, and exposed services on the target system or network
  • Enumeration involves gathering more detailed information about the target, such as system configurations, user accounts, network topology, and software versions

Vulnerability Assesment

  • Perform a systematic analysis of the target system to identify and evaluate potential vulnerabilities
  • Use automated vulnerability scanning tools, manual testing, and source code analysis to identify security weaknesses in the target’s applications, systems, and configurations


  • Attempt to exploit the identified vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access or perform specific actions that demonstrate the potential impact of the vulnerabilities
  • Exploitation may involve using known exploits, custom scripts, social engineering techniques, or other methods to gain access or escalate privileges.


  • Once inside the system, maintain access and explore the environment further.
  • Conduct lateral movement to other systems, escalate privileges, and gather additional information.
  • Assess the potential impact of compromised systems and sensitive data exposure.

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