Validating the Vulnerabilities
by exploiting them to prove if it is
a false-positive or false-negative.
Complete knowledge of the target to perform PenTest
Partial information of the target to perform PenTest.
Zero-Knowledge on the target to be penetrated.
Combo of BlackHat & ITSec to remediate
WHAT IS PENTEST?
Penetration testing is the act of assessing an organisation’s overall security posture by simulating the multiple attack vectors of an attacker.
Risk management is a challenge for most enterprises. However, security breaches are not their prime concern. Most fret long-term reputational harm will originate from their incompetence to manage risk. Hacking depicted a ray of genius or brilliance in the capacity to enchant previously undiscovered techniques of doing things. In this context, to uphold a methodology that can be accompanied to simulate a real-world hack through ethical hacking or penetration testing might come across as a contradiction.
Penetration testing is a process of evaluating the security of the perimeter of the network by trying all possible attack vectors as an attacker does. The reason behind advocating a methodology in penetration testing arises from the fact that most attackers follow a standard underlying approach when it comes to penetrating the targeted perimeter.
Pentester will be limited by resources such as time, skilled resources, and access to equipment, as drafted in the penetration testing Agreement (AoPT) or Rules of Engagement (RoE). The enigma of penetration testing is the fact that the inability to breach a target does not significantly designate the lack of vulnerability. To reap the advantages from a penetration test, application of the skills to the resources accessible in such a fashion that the attack range of the target dwindles as much as practicable.
A pen test simulates techniques that invaders use to augment unauthorised access to an organisation’s networked systems & then jeopardise them. It involves using established and open source apps to test for known & unknown security vulnerabilities in networked systems. Aside from computerised methods, penetration testing requires hand-operated critical thinking tactics for performing targeted assessment on precise systems to make sure that there are no false positives at that stipulated time that may have gone undetected earlier.
We perform professional Penetration testing that does not result in the loss of services and disruption of the business continuity (BCP).
Penetration Testing evaluates the security model of the organisation as a whole.
It reveals likely outcomes of a real attacker are breaking into the network.
We can distinguish a penetration tester from an attacker only by his intent and lack of malicious intent.
Penetration Testing goes a level beyond vulnerability assessment in the section of security assessments. With vulnerability assessment, you can only review the security flaws of the individual servers, network routers, or apps. However, penetration testing allows you to assess the security design of the network system as a whole.
Penetration testing can help you to reveal potential consequences of a real attacker were breaking into the network to network engineers, IT directors, and executives. Penetration testing also unveils the security flaws that a standardised vulnerability assessment often overlooks.
A pen test will not only reveal security vulnerabilities of the target. However, pen tester demonstrates the exploitation of vulnerabilities and how numerous minor vulnerabilities can be intensified by an antagonist to jeopardise a computer or network. Pen testing is a mission-critical project that shows the gaps in the security architecture of an organisation. Pen testing helps companies to reach an equilibrium between technical prowess and business functionality from the panorama of potential security infringements. It helps in the disaster recovery (DR) & business continuity planning (BCP).
Most vulnerability assessments are carried out solely based on software and cannot assess security that is not related to technology. Both people & processes can be the source of security vulnerabilities as much as the technology can be. Using social engineering techniques, PT can reveal whether employees routinely allow people without identification to enter company facilities & where they would have physical access to computers. The security analysis of techniques such as patch management cycles is covered. A PT can reveal process quandaries, such as not applying security updates until ten days after they are released, that would give attackers a ten-day window to exploit associated vulnerabilities on servers.
You can differentiate a pen tester from an attacker only by his intent & lack of malice. It is a must to receive the proper authorization for employees or external specialists before performing PT.
We ensure the continued business operation without disrupting the Business Continuity (BCP).
The leadership team such as A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or A Chief Penetration Tester (CPT) or A Chief Information Officer (CIO), or A Chief Security Officer (CSO) needs to provide written approval for penetration testing. This authorization should constitute a fair information scoping of the organisation, a description of the security assessment, & when the PT will take place. Since the nature of PT, failure to obtain this written authorisation might result in perpetrating computer crime, despite the best purposes.
6 Phases of PenTest
Penetration Testing (PT) or Ethical Hacking involves various phases and is very much similar to the military operation. The information collected in one phase will carry forward in another phase.
Very frequently, when it comes, Pen Testing, the perception of just one person performing the test is implored up.
However, the best criteria of Pen Testing come into play when multiple testers are utilised and classified into three separate teams:
The Red PenTest Team;
The Blue Team;
The Purple Team
The Red PenTest Team
The Red Pen Test Teams are the security geeks who are the genuine Pen Testers. Their principal goal and purpose are to imitate or emulate the mindset of an antagonist, attempting to break down through all of the flaws and vulnerabilities that are present. The Red Team that attacks all fronts possible & uses multiple attack vectors is very aggressive.
The Blue Team
The Blue Team is most often that employees from within the infrastructure of the business itself. It can be the IT Security team, and their chief goal and purpose are to impede off and guard against any attacks from the Red PenTest Team. It is imperative that anybody participating on the Blue PenTest Team must control the mindset of perpetual proactiveness and diligence to defend the corporation against any and all attacks.
If you think about it, both the Red Team and Blue Team are the two sides of a distinct coin, or the husband and the wife. The summation goal of these two teams is great to enhance the security posture of the organisation on a consistent basis, by sharing feedback with another. However, aforementioned might not always happen.
The Purple Team
The Purple Team is the combination of both the Red Team and the Blue Team. The Purple Team utilises the security controls and tactics from the Blue Team, as well as the security gaps and vulnerabilities that are uncovered by the Red Team. It is then all decoded into a one, single anecdote that can be apportioned all of the teams transversely thoroughly to implement a policy of continuous and consistent security improvements for the organisation.
The Purple Team can be viewed as exactly the “bridge” between the Red Team and the Blue Team, to help instil a sense of persistent integration amongst the two. To adequately assure that the Purple Team is contributing the most robust lines of advice and information. It is a must to remain as a separate entity and unbiased of all aspects and conditions.
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