Understand your exposure, reduce risk, and meet customer compliance requirements.
Thorough, Quality Penetration Testing
Attackers continue to get more sophisticated while at the same time product teams are continually pushed to deliver more features under tighter deadlines. Unfortunately, the combination of these two phenomena leads to no security or reactive, bolted-on security. Both of these scenarios lead to software and infrastructure that has not been appropriately hardened against attack.
Through our rigorous testing methodology, our team of certified security consultants can help you identify issues, remediate vulnerabilities, and reduce your overall risk. Our approach centers around a holistic approach where all layers of the stack are tested, from the application all the way through to the infrastructure, network, and cloud configuration.
What Exactly are Penetration Testing Services?
If you have never heard of a penetration testing company before, then some of the terminology that you’re encountering here might seem a little confusing.
You might hear the term “penetration test” described as a pen-test by those who are in the cybersecurity industry. Essentially, it’s a foolproof way of evaluating the network security for a company or business entity that has any IT infrastructure. Since that’s virtually all companies these days, you can see why getting periodic pen-tests is so vital.
What a penetration test does is to identify vulnerabilities in your IT system that hackers could conceivably exploit. It might be the operating system itself that is vulnerable, or there could be application or service flaws. It may be an improper configuration that is leaving you open to attack, or perhaps it’s risky end-user behavior in which your employees are unknowingly engaging.
At the end of the test, you will be issued a penetration testing report that details all of the vulnerabilities that have been discovered. Your defense mechanisms will be revealed as effective, or perhaps severe flaws might be uncovered.
If it’s the latter, that might seem disheartening to you. However, it’s best to catch these issues by using a security company rather than getting caught off guard by a team of hackers who could wreak havoc on your business.
How Does It Work?
There are different ways that security companies go about executing a penetration test. The two most common methods are done manually or by using automated technologies. In either case, it’s a systematic attack that is designed to compromise your servers.
Other exposure points, such as mobile or network devices, wireless networks, web applications, etc., are probed for weaknesses as well. Once a vulnerability has been detected, the team or individual running the test will try to see how deeply they can worm their way into your network. They will launch subsequent attacks against your internal resources.
This is often done by incrementally achieving higher levels of security clearance. If possible, they’ll get access to your most sensitive client data. If they can come away with significant amounts of privileged information, then you know you’ll have some work to do in beefing up your defenses.
What You’ll See in the Penetration Test Report
When the penetration test report is given to you, you’ll see an itemized list of all the information that the tester was able to procure. You can then make some strategic conclusions and figure out what needs to be prioritized so that things will go differently next time.
The reason for this sort of testing should now be apparent to you. You’re trying to be proactive in stopping hackers from compromising your IT system. In making the necessary changes, you and your clients can both feel more comfortable if there ever is a real cyberattack.
Regrettably, the possibility of such an event taking place is quite high. Banks, government agencies, and all sorts of other entities have been successfully hacked in recent years.
Is Penetration Testing Worth It?
It’s true that getting a penetration test done costs money, but if there was ever anything worthwhile toward which you should allocate resources, this is it. An intelligent, measured reaction to your vulnerabilities is how a responsible company conducts itself.
Even if you’re a business that doesn’t have clients, per se, that’s no reason not to get a penetration test done. Your employee’s sensitive data can still be plundered, not to mention your financial records, such as quarterly earnings, employee salary information, etc. It could be highly dangerous if all of that fell into the wrong hands.
Keep Your Network from Being Compromised
In addition, by bolstering your security, you are reducing the chances of network downtime. The hackers that come after you might have no other motivation than to cripple your network for as long as possible. Penetration testing keeps that from happening.
Meet Regulatory Requirements
You’ll also be able to avoid fines and meet regulatory requirements. Many different entities are required by law to have a certain amount of security in place because of the sensitivity of the information in their network. If you run afoul of one of these governing bodies because of insufficient security measures, the fines could run into the millions.
Retain Customer Trust
Finally, you want to preserve your customer loyalty and reinforce your image. Think about some of the more prominent business entities that have been hacked in recent years. You could safely say that public confidence in them has been shaken.
If you have any doubts about the efficacy of your network, now is the time to schedule penetration testing services. A decision you will not regret.
Evaluation of external network environment. vulnerability identification and verification to eliminate false positives and targeted manual testing based on perceived risks and threats.
Our team is committed to customer success and ensuring that your security goals are met or exceeded. All engagements have a designated project manager and we begin by identifying and understanding your goals. Throughout the engagement, we provide ongoing status reports, immediate identification of critical risks, and consultative training to your technical team. At the end of the engagement, we ensure you have a complete understanding of the vulnerabilities in your environment as well as recommended remediation strategies.
Reports for your clients.
When your clients ask for reports, you will be prepared. All penetration testing engagements end with a customer-facing summary letter with our high-level findings so you have that third-party validation they desire. We also deliver you a detailed report that includes our methodology, findings, evidence, criticality and suggested remediation.