Penetration testing is the authorized, scheduled and systematic process of assessing networks, network components or applications in an attempt to perform an intrusion into host, network or application resources and find vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit. The objective is to address vulnerabilities before they can be mis-utilized.
External penetration testing targets an organization’s externally visible servers or devices including domain name servers (DNS), e-mail servers, Web servers or firewalls.
This test mimics an inside attack behind the firewall by an authorized user with standard access privileges.
Why External Penetration Testing
The internet-facing components (Website, email servers, etc.) and internal network components (file servers, workstations, etc.), of an organization, is exposed to threats such as external intruders, after breaching perimeter defences, or malicious insiders attempting to access or damage sensitive information or IT resources.
Penetration testing allows organizations to test, how an external intruder or attacker having internal access to the organization’s network, may perform unauthorized data disclosure, misuse, alteration or destruction of confidential information.
Therefore, organizations are encouraged to perform regular security assessments in order to ensure the security of their external and internal network.
Why Internal Penetration Testing
A survey conducted by the FBI and the CSI revealed that internal attacks more than 50% of all organized network security breaches. Because most successful attacks are coming from connections that are inside your network, common sense says this is where you should perform the bulk of your testing.
An Internal Penetration Test simulates the actions of an actual attacker exploiting weaknesses in network security without the usual dangers.
The internal penetration testing process should be executed at least once a year and anytime there is a significant application or infrastructure upgrade or modification (for example, new system component installations, addition of a web server or addition of a sub-network). As a security best practice, all upgrades and modifications should be penetration-tested to ensure that internal controls, assumed to be in place, are still working effectively after the upgrade or modification.
Penetration test attempts to exploit the vulnerabilities to determine whether unauthorized access or other malicious activity is possible within the network. Penetration testing should include network and application layer testing as well as controls and processes around the networks and applications and should occur from both outside the network trying to come in (external penetration testing) and from inside the network (internal penetration testing).
How Can We Help?
qSEAp’s Penetration Test follows a documented security testing methodology which includes:
- Network Information Gathering
- OS and Service Fingerprinting
- Scan for Vulnerabilities
- Exploit Research
- Manual Vulnerability Testing and Verification
- Report Sharing (Includes all the Findings and their Mitigation)
Our testers will target your external and internal infrastructure involving an active analysis of the system for any potential vulnerabilities that may result from poor or improper system configuration, known and/or unknown hardware or software flaws, or technical countermeasures. The end result is, you get a comprehensive and accurate understanding of your security posture and you can immediately take mitigating steps for closing any identified weakness.
How Is qSEAp Different?
- Standards-based hybrid testing methodology
- Certified & background-verified testers
- Experienced & professional team of testers
- Efficient and cost-effective testing methodology
- Receive lifetime free support on the product’s lifecycle
- Manage vulnerabilities efficiently
- Meet regulatory compliances
- Avoid risks of downtime
- Maintain corporate image and customer loyalty
- Protect business relationships
- Peace of mind by having certified secure networks