Difenda Penetration Testing

Uncover Weaknesses in Your Security Network

Assess the security hygiene of your outward presence, including your perimeter devices, servers, applications, and encryption technology. Difenda’s Penetration Testing technology targets anything that is accessible from the Internet for potential security vulnerabilities.

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Catching Vulnerabilities and Trapping Exploits

Penetration Tests aim to identify security weaknesses in networks, systems, and applications to improve your network’s security hygiene. Regularly testing your network enables you to gain key insights on vulnerabilities and your team to fix the problem.

“75% of configured vulnerabilities went undetected” according to Sans Institute. Why? Internal teams are limited by web application scanners and point and shoot (Pas) mode. You need to be conducting penetration tests regularly with a competent cybersecurity company to avoid this.

But, not all Penetration Testing strategies are effective. Don’t risk choosing an ineffective penetration testing strategy that could cost you. Difenda will asses the security hygiene of your outward presence, including your perimeter devices, servers, applications, and encryption technology. We can target anything that is accessible from the Internet for potential security vulnerabilities.

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Penetration Testing Helps You Stay Compliant

Compliance is a significant motivator for most companies when it comes to expanding their cybersecurity programs with Penetration Testing.

Depending on your industry, your company may need to stay in compliance with regulations like PCI DSS, HIPAA, or ISO 27001. The standards you need to follow will require your company to meet specific objectives, like regularly scheduled penetration testing and security audits. 

Difenda will ensure your security hygiene is up to par with these compliance regulations and more. Plus, we will issue a Security Certificate upon validating the identified vulnerabilities have been fixed within your network.

Benefits of Penetration Testing

  • An understanding of what exploitation techniques were possible against your target environment.
  • Detailed risk-based reporting.
  • Recommendations on how to resolve the issue.

Our Methodology

Difenda combines human expertise with automated tools, and artificial threat intelligence to ensure that we take a thorough, in-depth approach to find vulnerabilities in your network.

Identify Scope

Get started by connecting with a Difenda expert to define the scope of your penetration test.​ Scoping is the most important part of a penetration test. It paves the pathway to ensure you are checking the places your attackers know you are not looking at.

Project Kick-Off

Your dedicated Project Manager will organize the project kick-off call to introduce key business stakeholders and set timelines for project milestones. This will initiate ongoing meetings with your penetration testing team plus regular status reports to ensure effective communication throughout the whole process.

Deploy Test

Difenda uses threat modelling to customize exploitation and attack techniques that are appropriate for a specific target or application. Human expertise combined with automated penetration testing tools will ensure an in-depth approach to identifying security gaps.​

Data & Reporting

When testing is completed an Executive Report will be delivered highlighting any identified vulnerabilities for remediation. Difenda not only provides an understanding of what exploitation techniques were possible against a target environment but also provides detailed, risk-based reporting and recommendations on how to resolve the issue.

Retest (Optional)

We can be r-engaged to retest and will issue a Security Certificate upon validating the identified vulnerabilities have been fixed.

Tools & Certifications

Our cybersecurity security experts come armed with the relevant tools and credentials needed to discover unknown weaknesses in your environment.

With these tools, Difenda has developed a unique security testing methodology aligned with industry best practices so you get the most out of your penetration test.

  • Port Scanners
  • Network-based Vulnerability Scanners
  • Host-based Vulnerability Scanners
  • Application Scanners
  • Web Application Assessment Proxy
  • NMAP
  • Metasploit
  • Wireshark
  • W3AF
  • John the Ripper (JTR)
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)
  • Certified Network Defender (CND)
  • Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP)
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Web Penetration Tester (EWPT)
  • Scrum Master Certified (SMC)
  • Pentest+
  • Comptia Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+)
  • Cybersecurity Analyst (CYSA+) 
  • Security+

Identify Your Vulnerabilities Before Cybercriminals Do

Threat actors are looking for weaknesses inherent in systems to exploit for their gain. Our Penetration Testing experts will “hack” your systems using specific techniques like social engineering, without doing any long-term damage. If your company’s defenses are too strong, cybercriminals will often look elsewhere for data. By simulating a cyber attack, you can better defend against real threat actors in the future.

Our Approach

  • Intelligence Gathering: Gather detailed information about internal or external environment.​
  • Threat Modeling​: Identify attack scenarios and associated risks based on environment information.
  • Vulnerability Analysis​: Systematically identify weaknesses in environment​.
  • Exploitation​: Conduct proof of concept exploitation of identified weaknesses​.
  • Post-Exploitation​: Identify and exploit privilege escalation vulnerabilities and pivot to other systems​.
  • Detailed Reporting​: Provide detailed reporting on findings along with risk rating, business impact & prioritized remediation recommendations.

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Megan Miller

Megan Miller’s energy and passion for learning flow into all aspects of her work. As the Growth Manager, North America, she brings a background in sciences which she has transitioned to the tech sector in her role at Difenda.

With a Bachelors of Science in Geology, Megan is a lifelong learner who is voracious about learning anything she can get her hands on about cybersecurity. Her positive energy has built a sales strategy with a focus on expanding in the United States while nurturing the Canadian presence. She is responsible for recruiting and training the sales team. Together with the company’s leadership, she creates the sales process and the company’s product strategy in order to better serve the customer base. This ensures that our customers have a highly trained and highly motivated team to help them every step of the way, Megan has completed Microsoft SC-900 training and working towards mastering Microsoft.

Whether at work or play, Megan is fully committed. She took her love of hockey all the way to the semi-professional level as a competitive hockey player. Megan loves all things sports including water skiing, scuba diving, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoys time with family and reading about alternative energy, innovation, and cybersecurity.

Natasha Phanor

As the Microsoft Partner Manager at Difenda, Natasha Phanor is responsible for driving growth within our Microsoft Partnership. With six years in the industry, she offers a fresh, energetic approach, and the ability to focus on our customer’s needs throughout the entire process. Natasha has the innate ability to foresee customer needs and solve problems before they arise, which creates a smooth road for each customer she encounters.

As the recipient of the Outstanding Services Partner of the Year Award in 2018, it is clear that Natasha responds quickly to customer needs, creates a platform for understanding a customer’s business requirements, and walks them through the process to ensure their complete satisfaction.

In her spare time, Natasha is as energetic and passionate as she is on the job. A self-proclaimed foodie-extraordinaire, she enjoys dinner parties, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and reading. Natasha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from Ryerson University.

Lisa Templeton

Lisa Templeton is the perfect combination of human empathy and technological prowess. In her role as People Services Manager, she takes care of our team members to support them in their daily work, as well as on their personal life paths. Happy employees make for happy customers, and Lisa excels in giving our employees the tools they need for success in order to become the best possible versions of themselves. Along with employee formation, she shines in the service delivery support domain to continuously improve the process. Her 24 years of experience in IT Operations and Service Management help her create quality and efficiency at Difenda.

Having attended the Information Systems Management certificate program at Ryerson University, and with various other certifications to her credit, Lisa is perceptive and innovative when it comes to information technology, but also sensitive to the needs of her human constituents. Responsible for achieving the first privately owned company HDI Support Center certification in Canada, she has also designed and implemented Service Management excellence programs and 24×7 IT Operations departments for multiple IT organizations, and has created corporate rewards and recognition programs to keep her employees engaged and motivated.

On the personal side, Lisa passionately supports the cause of breast cancer research, having lost her mother to the disease. She reads voraciously in her spare time, and enjoys the art of home renovation. The summer months also bring time on her boat and exploring new hiking trails.

Miranda McCurdy

Miranda McCurdy uses her myriad super powers in all aspects of her job and personal life. As the Marketing Director at Difenda, Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to the table, which includes expertise in all facets of operations, brand management, and content marketing, as well as a multitude of successful strategies for the ever-expanding digital world. She is an expert at simplifying the message the company is trying to send, filling in gaps in the information, and strengthening the content in order to create compelling narratives that strengthen the brand and developing programs that bring teams together.

With several Addy Awards issued by the American Advertising Federation Cleveland to her credit, and her never say die attitude, Miranda understands both the broader picture and the minute details that are needed to successfully market a product. With her abilities to harness both the talent needed to spread the message, as well as to create the message itself, she is an integral cog in the company’s ability to communicate with customers and other stakeholders.

When she is not building a brand, she shares her ability to fill the gaps in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Charleston Food Bank. In her spare time, Miranda spends time with her family, enjoys fitness and health, paddle boarding, reading, and arts and crafts.

Juliana Zaremba

Connections are the name of the game for Juliana Zaremba. As Strategic Partnerships Director, she is responsible for Difenda’s channel partnerships and the development and ownership of the channel partner program. She is also responsible for the global Microsoft Partnership, including the creation of strategic plans with MSFT contacts that will facilitate the continued growth of the business and establish certification and training protocols in all security technologies. Her role is multifaceted, as she acquires partners, manages relationships with them, and develops strategies that will provide cutting edge security solutions to our customer base. Another integral aspect of her job is to facilitate growth.

With a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and 14 years of experience from her previous roles at Herjavec Group and CDW, her cutting edge focus and ability to develop long-lasting relationships and strategies provides world class security solutions to our customer base.

Juliana thrives on connections outside of work as well. She is a philanthropist and contributor with Women4Change based in Hamilton. This group of local women is passionate about supporting local causes, and she focuses her efforts around Women in STEM. She is also a member of Club Italia in Niagara Falls and supports their youth events throughout the year.

When not managing the Microsoft Global partnership, Juliana enjoys reading, often reading several books at once. Juliana enjoys exploring the Niagara Escarpment with her family, as well as sharing meals and experiences with her extended family. Juliana’s competitive nature has her always trying new things, like Whoop band challenges and Peloton.

Jeffry Jacob

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