What is Penetration Testing?
Penetration testing, also known as pen testing and ethical hacking, is a cyber-attack which is employed by our technical specialists to evaluate, probe and test a computer system, network or web application to identify any security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber criminals. The cyber-attack process can be performed manually, or through the use of software applications and is designed to simulate an attack upon a system. It should be viewed as a method for gaining assurance in your organisation’s vulnerability assessment and management processes, not as a primary method for identifying vulnerabilities.
IntaForensics offers penetration testing engagements to suit our client’s needs, enabling them to reinforce their cyber security policies and procedures to better protect them from future threats. Our team of experience penetration testers have all been independently qualified by industry-recognised bodies such as CREST (CPSA and CRT certified) and Offensive Security (OSCP certified).
Why does your Organisation need Penetration Testing?
The average cost of a data breach in 2021 is $4.24 million. We help to alleviate this risk by preventing breaches and keeping your company safe. Government agencies, FTSE 100 companies, educational, healthcare, and non-profits are among the organisations targeted every day. Most of these organisations are woefully unprepared to respond to security incidents. That is where IntaForensics can help. With thousands of hours of experience, practice, and passion for cyber security, we will use our skills to secure your environment.
In today’s technology-driven world, hacking has become commonplace, often as front-page news. These incidents can cost companies large sums of money by breaking customer trust, bad news coverage, and potential legal action by regulatory bodies. Penetration testing alleviates much of this risk by having an experienced cybersecurity professional simulate an attack. This involves the tester using the same techniques and tactics that real-world attackers would use. This includes (but is not limited to) taking advantage of vulnerabilities like SQL injection, remote code execution, social engineering, XSS, SSRF, and other less common vulnerabilities.
Types of Penetration Testing
Web Application TestingTest websites or web applications to find potential bugs before making them live
Identify all security risks, including the OWASP Top 10 (SQL Injection, XSS, CRSF, SRRF, HTTP Request Smuggling, etc.) in your web applications.
External Penetration TestingAssess the externally facing assets for an organization
Testing and evaluating your external network’s defences and identifying any vulnerabilities that attackers could be used to gain access.
Internal Penetration TestingIdentify the risks posed by an attacker with internal access to a network
Simulating an attack from inside your corporate network to test internal defences and identify any vulnerabilities inside the network that could allow attackers to gain access to sensitive information and assets.
Vulnerability ScanningScan a network or system to identify any existing security vulnerabilities
Assessing and evaluating vulnerabilities in your networks both internally and externally using automated tools.
Social EngineeringTechnique that exploits human error to gain private information, access, or valuables.
‘Phishing’ and ‘Smishing’ employees to assess security awareness and the overall vulnerability of the company to social engineering.
Cloud Security AssessmentEvaluation to test and analyse an organization's cloud infrastructure
Evaluating the security of your organisation’s cloud infrastructure to secure cloud assets (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.).
Our Penetration Testing Methodology
Our custom methodology follows industry standards such as OWASP Web Security Testing methodology (which encompasses OWASP top 10 and CWE 25), Open-Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM), and the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES).
At IntaForensics, we conduct tests to identify and address both critical and non-critical security issues in software applications. This includes many types of vulnerabilities, such as injection flaws (SQL, XSS, SSRF, NoSQL, and OS command injection), authentication weaknesses, poor session management, broken access controls, security misconfigurations, database interaction errors, input validation problems, and flaws in application logic. Using our custom methodology, we test for common and uncommon vulnerabilities that other organisations often miss and which aren’t discovered by automated systems, such as HTTP Smuggling, CRLF, IIS Shortname Enumeration, and Web Cache Poisoning.
What happens next?
Each vulnerability discovered during testing will be laid out in a simple-to-understand format within the report. This includes a detailed description of the vulnerability, the risk it poses to the organisation, instructions on how to reproduce it, and resources and advice on how to resolve the issue.
Our reports are composed in an easy-to-understand format so that developers and other staff can quickly address the identified issues. Following the report’s publication, we will arrange a meeting to discuss all the raised issues. Additionally, IntaForensics provides remediation advice by email or telephone. Once the recommended actions have been taken, retesting can be organised.
IntaForensics offers free retesting of any vulnerabilities discovered during a penetration test. The report will then be amended to show which vulnerabilities have been addressed. There is no time limit imposed for retesting.
As regular customers of IntaForensics, I highly recommend the company for the services delivered by Damian Walton and his team. I couldn’t praise their Cyber Essentials services and support highly enough.
Ryan James, Managing Director - nFocus
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