Don’t just test your controls, test your users and suppliers as well

Regular systems and network scanning and vulnerability assessments are part of the security equation, but you really have no way to understand how effective your controls are until they are tested in the way as attackers would structure their attacks.  Our penetration testing services not only test cyber controls, but we expose weaknesses in your user behavior, identify potential password vulnerabilities due to leaks on the dark web and use your own suppliers willingness to help against your network to compromise systems.

Without a comprehensive advanced simulated attack, you cannot get the real-world data you need to provide yourself against adversaries.  Get the whole story, acted on as real hackers do, not just a check the box canned report from an automated scan.

Anatomy of a Simulated Attack for Penetration Testing

What is penetration testing?

A penetration test is a simulated attack that is generally performed under defined rules and a specific scope within a target computing environment or network.  In the simulation cyber security engineers utilize similar toolsets, methods and exploits to identify and potentially compromise specific attack vectors.  Unlike a vulnerability assessment which scans for potentially exploitable attack vectors, the penetration test is designed to identify which of the potential vectors are actually able to be compromised as well as the time it takes to do so.

What is the scope of a penetration test?

A penetration test scope can vary greatly depending on the scope including the number of application systems, network devices, end user endpoints, cloud consoles and third party resources.  Often organizations will test specific aspects separately over the course of several periods, for a company may choose to segment certain servers or locations from one test to get deeper results around more critical assets and then separately turn their attention to the next network scope.

What is actually tested during a penetration test?

Generally speaking penetration testing is regarded as a test of the effectiveness of technical security controls, but often penetration testing uses human factors or social engineering to obtain credentials through non-technical means.  For this reason, clear boundaries are usually agreed upon between the authorizing organization and the team that is performing the penetration test whether it be comprised of internal employees, external contractors or any mixture is not generally relevant to determining the scope and rules of engagement.

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