Uncover Vulnerabilities with Penetration Testing
Covering every angle is imperative to a successful cybersecurity strategy, and so is knowing your vulnerabilities. Hackers will inevitably find any access points they can, and your business needs to be prepared for anything. By utilizing planned attacks against your own security infrastructure, penetration testing, or pen testing, helps identify weak spots in your business network that need attention. This exercise is a highly valuable service as it validates your defense mechanisms, provides an authentic simulation of an attack on your network, and ensures industry compliance.
Integrated Technology offers full-scale penetration testing services to help monitor and gauge the efficacy of your cybersecurity infrastructure. Our penetration testing safely attempts to penetrate the network in a controlled environment. This way, we refrain from compromising your business operations during the evaluation. With years of experience executing successful penetration tests, we draw helpful and applicable conclusions to optimize your cybersecurity, meet key compliance standards, and, most importantly, keep your business safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Penetration testing, sometimes referred to as a pen test, is a controlled attempt to analyze a cybersecurity infrastructure by safely exploiting vulnerabilities to measure its defensive efficacy. These weaknesses may be present in a variety of aspects of the network, including operating systems, applications, end-users, and more. This simulative exercise is commonly executed using either manual or automated technologies to attack servers, devices, and other network components. Our testing determines where any deficiencies lie and exploits those areas to achieve deeper and deeper infiltration to evaluate just how susceptible the business’ network is to cyber damage and a completely safe manner.
Pen testing is performed using various methods, including open-box, closed-box, internal, external, and covert penetration tests. These different types of penetration tests are uniquely designed to measure the full spectrum adequacy of a cybersecurity network.
Open-Box Penetration Testing
The hacker is given some basic company network information before performing the test.
Closed-Box Penetration Testing
The hacker is given no background information prior to the test, also known as a single-blind test.
Internal Penetration Testing
A hacker performs the test from inside the business network to simulate a dissatisfied employee.
External Penetration Testing
The hacker executes the test against the business’ external security walls to simulate an outside cyber attacker.
Covert Penetration Testing
Also called a double-blind test, this test is executed at a time when almost no one in the company is expecting it.
Penetration tests and vulnerability scans are similar in concept but differ in a few ways. Firstly, a penetration test identifies weaknesses in each and every IT environment, whereas vulnerability scans target a more general scope. Additionally, vulnerability scans are automated tools that examine the security network and create a report. Penetration tests, on the other hand, attempt to infiltrate the network as a real-life hacker would and thereby provide a more practical outlook on what risks your business actually faces, specifically. In essence, both services are beneficial practices, but penetration tests take vulnerability scans a step further.
Depending on the type of penetration test being performed, there are typically several stages involved in a full-scale simulation: Planning, Discovery, Penetration and Exploitation, Analysis, Repair, and Retest.
In the planning stage of penetration testing, both the ethical hackers and the clients should outline their goals to determine what would make for a successful test.
In the discovery stage of penetration testing, the ethical hackers will attempt to identify key bits of information about anything from IP addresses to personal employee data.
Penetration and Exploitation
In the penetration stage of the test, the hacker will begin their infiltration attempt. If the efforts are successful, the hacker will then see just how far into the network they can go.
After the exercise, the testers should develop a report that details the findings of the penetration test, outlining what steps were taken and what risks are most prevalent.
The cybersecurity firm immediately helps the client repair and remediate the network, as these weaknesses pose real-live threats if left exposed.
To ensure that the penetration test was successful, the final stage should always include a retest. This guarantees that the discovered vulnerabilities were addressed sufficiently.
Penetration tests are a highly crucial cybersecurity exercise as they simulate real-world scenarios, forcing your network to behave authentically and responsively in real time. A business security system often appears robust on the surface but may be easily broken down by even the most average cyber attacker. With meticulous planning, careful analysis, and thorough repair, a penetration test helps ensure that your business can defend itself against the inevitable.
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