Network Penetration Testing

 

Network penetration testing is used by organizations to evaluate the susceptibility of information systems to network attacks. By identifying and actually exploiting the weaknesses found in networks, hosts, and devices, penetration testing goes beyond simple vulnerability assessment. Rather than providing a lengthy list of issues an organization may or may not choose to address, network penetration testing helps enterprises grasp the real level of risk posed by specific vulnerabilities.

 

Presenting companies with a detailed vulnerability report and recommendations for improvement, network penetration testing enables IT departments to validate existing security controls and meet security compliance requirements while allowing managers to better prioritize investment for remediation efforts.

 

Network Penetration Testing: The Process and Its Limits:

 

Emulating a real-world attack on an organization’s network, the network penetration testing process consists of:

 

  • Reconnaissance: Gathering information about the target and mapping the network topology and its hosts and operating systems as well as firewalls and other network security tools.

 

  • Network scanning: Using port and vulnerability scanners, packet manipulators, and password cracking utilities to locate points of entry that can be used to compromise a target

 

  • Penetration: Attempting to exploit vulnerabilities like system configuration flaws or weak passwords and break into an organization’s information systems

 

  • Reporting: Providing a summary of the penetration process, a list of vulnerabilities categorized by risk level, an analysis of critical issues and suggestions for their resolution

 

Although network penetration testing is one way of proactively determining actionable items for improving an organization’s security posture, it is not an exact science. The results of a penetration test may vary depending on its scope and time frame as well as the abilities of individual testers. Penetration testers will not have access to the same resources criminal hackers do—be it time, cohorts or attack tools. Moreover, penetration testing is costly and when poorly implemented, may result in network congestion, server outages, and system instability.

Penetration testing uncovers critical issues and demonstrates how well your network and information assets are protected. Combined with a comprehensive security program, penetration testing can help you reduce your risk of a data breach and become proactive about threat management. By engaging our company to emulate your adversary, you can discover critical exploitable vulnerabilities and remediate them before they are exploited. Our penetration testing services scale to fit your needs, from compliance required only testing up to red team testing.