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What is a penetration test?
A week rarely goes by without reports of attacks on sensitive systems. It results in financial damage, and the reputation and trust of customers and partners crumble.
To protect yourself against attacks, adequate countermeasures must be taken at different levels. Well-trained employees and processes that also take IT security into account are essential for effective protection. However, above all, the security check through a penetration test by an independent third party is an effective means.
So, what is exactly a penetration test? A penetration test is an authorized, planned, and a simulated cyber attack on a company or a public sector institution. The aim is to identify and eliminate previously unknown points of attack before hackers can use them to steal intellectual property or other sensitive data or otherwise damage an organization.
During the penetration test, trained testers attempt to attack your IT systems using the methods of criminal hackers to determine the vulnerability of systems, after which appropriate protective measures can be taken.
External network penetration testing
Anything exposed to the Internet needs some form of security testing. If an external host is compromised, it can lead to an attacker digging deeper into your internal environment. External network penetration testing is focused on the perimeter of your network and identifies any deficiencies that exist in the controls that protect against remote attackers targeting the Internet-facing systems in your environment. When performing external penetration testing, our penetration testers mimic real scenarios as best as possible to root out all potential vulnerabilities.
● Port scans and other network service interaction and queries● Network sniffing, traffic monitoring, traffic analysis, and host discovery● Spoofing or deceiving servers via dynamic routing updates (e.g., OSPF, RIP spoofing)● Attempted logins or other use of systems with any account name/password● Use of exploit code for leveraging discovered vulnerabilities● Password cracking via capture and scanning of authentication databases● Buffer overruns/underruns● Spoofing or deceiving servers regarding network traffic● Alteration of running system configuration except where denial of service would result● Adding user accounts.
● Internal subnets● Domain servers● File servers● Printers● Network devices● Phones● Buffer overruns/underruns● Workstations and laptops
Internal network penetration testing
Whether it’s disgruntled workers, previously terminated employees, or someone trying to steal trade secrets, there is a high chance of potential internal threats. Even without malicious intent, simple configuration issues or employee mishaps can also result in a network compromise, leading to the majority of attacks originating from within. Our internal network penetration tests target the networked environment that lies behind your public-facing devices.
Web applications penetration testing
Web applications are unique constructs, mixing various forms of technology and providing an interactive front for others to use. Some web applications are made public, while others might be internal applications existing on an intranet. No matter the location, there are always security variables. How well does your application handle input? Does it work with backend servers in a secure manner? Will your session management scheme hold up to penetration testing?
● Application logic flaws● Forced browsing● Access and authentication controls● Session management● Cookie manipulation● Horizontal escalation● Vertical escalation● Brute-force password guessing● Poor server configuration● Information leakage● Source code disclosure● Response splitting● File upload/download attacks● Parameter tampering● URL manipulation● Injection attacks for HTML, SQL, XML, SOAP, XPATH, LDAP, Command● Cross-site scripting● Fuzzing
Stage 1. Preparation
Stage 2. Scanning phase
Stage 3. Enumeration
Stage 4. Exploit phase
Stage 5. Evaluation and reporting
What will you get, completing a penetration test?
How secure computer systems and networks are can only be found out through realistic IT penetration tests, which reveal all possible gaps. After we complete a penetration test, we would uncover your security gaps before the hackers get to exploit them. As a result:
We will discuss specific recommendations for your further actions required and support you in the further procedure even after the review.