What is Penetration Testing?
Penetration testing is known as an assimilated hack to identify vulnerabilities in your environment that hackers can exploit to extract your critical data. It is also known as ethical hacking. Since today’s hackers are sophisticated as demonstrated by today’s news headlines of cyber-attacks both targeting government organizations and corporations, you need a team of highly qualified cybersecurity experts that can think like today’s advanced cyber attackers.
Why is Penetration Testing Necessary?
Penetrating testing is mandatory not only for compliance, also to gain knowledge of the most effective ways to defend your organization from the vulnerabilities identified from the penetration test. In addition to knowing if breached from these exposed vulnerabilities, you will know the amount of damage it can cause your organization. Knowledge is power. When you know these critical factors, you can successfully protect your critical data and monitor your critical data. Our client’s benefit from our effective remediation after identifying their vulnerabilities.
A penetration test shows if your tools and configurations are effective to protect your organization from today’s sophisticated cyber attackers’. It helps prevent attackers taking over networks, installing malware, disrupting your business and potentially costing you millions of dollars as a result. The average cost of a single data breach is $3.5 million dollars according to The Ponemon Institute, 2017.
Boost the Performance of Penetration Testing
Outsourcing your penetration test increases the success of the penetration test because you get an outside perspective with a fresh set of eyes to identify security threats. You want to outsource to a cybersecurity company with experience because they have advanced knowledge based on their experience. You also want to ensure they are not limited to automated testing. Human intelligence currently exceeds artificial intelligence. “AI software programs not involving humans to detect and monitoring cyber threats are not as advanced as humans are. AI cannot mimic the advanced capabilities humans have to effectively detect and prevent organizational breaches in all forms.” Says, Brice Samulenok, Commander, Cyber Command Centre at Difenda. Brice leads Difenda’s team of penetration testers. Brice has a Canadian Forces background and over 20 years’ experience leading and developing security solutions. To learn more about boosting the performance of penetration testing, download, “A Strategic Approach to Penetration Testing” whitepaper.
The Phases of Penetration Testing
Penetration Testing Methodologies
Mobile Application Penetration Testing Methodology
Phase I Discovery
• Open Source Intelligence
• Understand the Platform
• Client-Side vs Server Side Scenarios
Phase II Assessment/ Analysis
• Local File Analysis
• Archive Analysis
• Static/Dynamic Analysis
• Endpoint Analysis
Phase IV Exploitation
• Conduct proof of concept
• Exploitation of identified weaknesses
• Exploit vulnerabilities to gain sensitive information or perform malicious activities
Phase V Post-Exploitation
• Identify and exploit privilege escalation vulnerabilities (root)
• Persist with device/application to show future access possibilities
Phase VI Reporting
• Provide detailed reporting on findings along with risk rating, business impact and prioritized remediation recommendations
Web Application Penetration Testing Methodology - OWASP Top 10
Map Application Content
•Gather detailed information about your application platform.
•Identify potential attack vectors located within the application and its business logic.
•Identify likely attack scenarios within your application platform and potential risks associated with them.
Application Vulnerability Analysis
•Identify weaknesses in specific applications deployed within your environment, testing client-side controls, authentication methods, session management, access controls, input based controls, security issues related to functionality, logic flaws, and information leakage.
Proof of Concept
•Conduct proof of concept of identified weaknesses and develop impact results such as capability of an attacker to commit fraud or pose financial loss.
•Provide detailed reporting of all identified Vulnerabilities, successful exploitations, and prioritized remediation strategies
Penetration Testing Methodology for Wireless
• Gather detailed information about client’s 802.11 Infrastructure and SSIDs.
Attacking the access points
• Identify potential attack vectors against 802.11 access points located within client’s environment.
• Attempt to gain access to resources not normally provided via the 802.11 network by testing network segmentation.
• Provide detailed reporting of all identified vulnerabilities, successful exploitations, and prioritized remediation strategies.
Penetration Testing Tools
Difenda conducts all penetration testing using commercial tools in combination with in-house developed security testing applications to achieve maximum results in identifying vulnerabilities within an environment. Choosing a cybersecurity company to work with is a big decision. With many cybersecurity companies talking about penetration testing, what should you look for and how can you be sure of making the right choice? Read our detailed whitepaper, “Strategic Approach to Penetration Testing” to learn about penetration testing strategies and questions to ask cybersecurity companies when vetting.