Goals of the Footprinting Process

Before you start doing footprinting and learn the techniques, you must set some expectations as to what you are looking for and what you should have in your hands at the end of the process. Keep in mind that the list of information here is not exhaustive, nor should you expect to be able to obtain all the items from every target. The idea is for you to get as much information in this phase as you possibly can, but take your time!

Here’s what you should look for:

■ Network information
■ Operating system information
■ Organization information, such as CEO and employee information, office information, and contact numbers and e-mail
■ Network blocks
■ Network services
■ Application and web application data and configuration information
■ System architecture
■ Intrusion detection and prevention systems
■ Employee names
■ Work experience