Penetration Testing

Penetration Testing

As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, it is imperative that enterprises and their security teams rise to the challenge and employ strong and comprehensive measures to protect network data. Penetration testing is one of the most effective ways to be proactive and aware of vulnerabilities and protocol.

Penetration Testing

Penetration Testing, also known as a Pen Test, is a simulated cybersecurity attack that enterprises use to make proactive strides in uncovering vulnerabilities and other security gaps. Pen testing puts your network and systems through the same process of probing and attack that cyber criminals would use, the difference being that a pen test is conducted in a controlled testing environment to discover weaknesses in your network before your attackers do. The difference being that a pen test is conducted in a controlled testing environment to discover weaknesses in your network before your attackers do. Effective penetration testing uses both automated tools and manual techniques.

Automated Testing

Automated testing uses powerful applications that can audit hundreds of thousands of web pages and properties and deliver reports highlighting organizational vulnerabilities. An enterprise’s ability to monitor all of its digital properties is paramount to network security, and automated penetration testing is a reliable way to stay aware of threats and exposure.

Manual Testing

The orchestration of manual testing employs ethical hackers, which are authorized individuals that act as cybercriminals to gain access to information systems and compromise data and other private resources.

When security and IT teams have insight into security flaws before an actual attack occurs, they gain a better understanding of the risks that an attacker could use to exploit networks or web and software applications. Security flaws typically arise during software development and implementation, email phishing scams, design or configuration errors or other network-related vulnerabilities. From simulated attacks, enterprises can analyze where attackers strike, how to respond when they do and what enhancements they need to develop to prevent future attacks. Studying this information is critical to making the most of a pen test.

The primary goal of a cybercriminal is to gain a foothold in an enterprise’s network. Once achieved, hackers can leverage the foothold and move laterally within the network, earning credentials with more permissions until they can breach messaging channels, disrupt systems and steal data.

The Benefits of Pen Testing

Pen testing can be used to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities that can be turned in to real threats, as well as:

  1. Meet contractual and regulatory requirements
  2. Protect your clients and employees
  3. Mitigate the financial impact of a data breach
  4. Avoid the reputational harm that comes from an attack
  5. Obtain third-party security expert opinion

As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, it is imperative that enterprises and their security teams rise to the challenge and employ strong and comprehensive measures to protect network data.

Penetration testing is one of the most effective ways to be proactive and aware of vulnerabilities and protocol.

InfoSystems’ Pen Testing Methodology

The team at InfoSystems follows a distinct, phased approach to each penetration test that allows us to deliver actionable guidance to drive tangible security improvements. These phases include;

  1. Defining the scope to include zero, partial or full knowledge zones
  2. Performing reconnaissance of the environment being tested
  3. Performing open-source intelligence for the company
  4. Performing a vulnerability assessment
  5. Exploiting and lateral movement through the environment
  6. Escalating of privileges
  7. Maintaining a persistent presence in the environment
  8. Performing comprehensive analysis and reporting
  9. Reporting and evaluating
  10. Retesting to validate successful remediation
 
Gain Security Confidence

The experts at InfoSystems can perform internal and external pen testing, as well as network segmentation and website testing. Contact us today to discuss what options are ideal for your organization.

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