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Here's a page with some good penetration testing information:
"Most people that find their way to this page do so because either they have been told they need to get their information systems tested to prove they are secure, or their systems have already been hacked and they want to understand what happened.
In both cases you'll be pleased to hear that the information in this guide should help you to quickly understand the choices you have available to improve the situation.
What is penetration testing?
The term "penetration testing" is an industry buzzword, which used to mean something quite specific, but is now commonly used by customers to refer to just about any type of security testing. We won't be bucking the trend either; we know a dead horse when we see one.
The general process tends to be that your systems get tested, and then at the end you receive a report that highlighs all the insecure areas that need attention, along with advice on how to fix them."