A penetration test simulates an attack on your organization’s network infrastructure or applications. The focus of penetration testing is to determine what attackers can access and what trouble they can cause.
During these controlled tests, a trained, experienced consultant reviews the security of your network infrastructure and applications using the same tools and techniques that an attacker would use. Testing can even be performed covertly, without the knowledge of the people who manage and operate your systems.
By emulating a real-world attacker, we demonstrate where holes exist and procedures fail, how much access an attacker could gain and how to properly secure your systems.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
Penetration testing is one of the most effective forms of security testing because it targets the controls responsible for protecting your network. It will help your organization:
- Determine the effectiveness of your security controls
- Identify weaknesses in those controls
- Demonstrate the impact of those weaknesses
A penetration test checks various aspects of your organization’s security program that involve both your staff and technology. It evaluates if your firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and other technical controls are effective and configured correctly to prevent unauthorized access to your systems. The testing determines if all of the necessary security patches have been applied, as well as if your IT staff can detect and respond appropriately to an attack.
The value of a penetration test is its ability to demonstrate the impact of any security vulnerabilities. Senior management and other decision makers can sometimes overlook reports from IT auditors (and internal staff) indicating the potential for a malicious attack. The results of a penetration test, however, capture their attention by exposing how attackers got into your systems and what they were able to do, such as taking control of a financial server or gaining access to sensitive information. It takes security from a theoretical level to a practical one.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Our penetration tests are scaled to meet the needs of your business. Yaakov´s GROUP offers an array of critical testing components that can be included as part of a comprehensive penetration test or conducted as stand-alone services.
The proven and flexible methodology used by Yaakov´s GROUP provides high-value testing without sacrificing the performance or availability of your systems. Testing is split into the following phases:
- Reconnaissance and Discovery – Yaakov´s GROUP performs a survey of your network or application and enumerates devices, services and software versions.
- Vulnerability Analysis – We identify security holes and vulnerabilities, and verify vulnerabilities are legitimate, not “false positives.”
- Attack and Penetration – Our experienced consultants attempt to exploit vulnerabilities, escalate privileges and expand access to other systems and accounts.
We know that, first and foremost, you have a business to run. We test your systems in a manner that poses minimal risk to your normal business operations, while still discovering the weaknesses that an attacker could use to disrupt those operations.
DETAILED, ACTIONABLE REPORTING
Part of the value of a penetration test depends on your ability to understand and act upon the results. We write our reports to meet the needs of your IT department, internal and external auditors and examiners. Our reports clearly define the scope of the testing, describe the methodology used, detail the results of the testing and provide recommendations for addressing any findings.