Penetration Testing Services
Penetration testing (also known as pentest) is a controlled process that simulates a real-world attack from malicious users and/or external attackers. It aims to spot the company’s security flaws and evaluate the potential influence of these attacks on an organization’s business operations.
Why Do You Need Testing?
A pentest provides your company with an opportunity to uncover vulnerabilities that put your main business assets at risk.
Your Business is a/An:
- Young startups that work with other businesses are usually asked if a penetration test has been performed since it is important for their clients to analyze and measure the security level of services provided by a startup.
- Midsize companies usually work hard to expand their businesses so whenever a significant change is made to a company’s environment (e.g. launching online payment processing or starting to work with EU citizens’ data etc.), security testing services are required.
- Big enterprise companies typically adopt penetration testing programs since the reputational losses in a case of a data breach would be enormous or sometimes even fatal for a business.
In all these cases, a pentest is a valuable measure to find security breaches before an attacker can exploit them. Possible examples of the business impact from such an attack could include theft of sensitive information, unauthorized utilization of server resources, or compromise of the company’s internal infrastructure using the vulnerable application as a gateway.
What kind of penetration test do you need?
Pentest is designed to help you assess the effectiveness level of your security teams. We try to identify possible security issues that can lead to the leak of sensitive information or a case where a malicious user without appropriate permissions could get access to sensitive information. Our activities fall into one of the following categories:
- Black box penetration testing. This is a classic case of checking a company's security posture by emulating an external attacker who is trying to get unauthorized access to the system. Other activities include attempts to interfere with application users or impact the system in another negative way.
- Grey box penetration testing. In this scenario, an engagement that allows a higher level of access and increased internal knowledge is taking place. Grey-box test can simulate an attacker that has already some knowledge of a company’s internals or has user-level access to the application. The attacker may be represented as a malicious employee or use previously compromised credentials of a legitimate user.
- White box penetration testing. The goal of a white-box test is to extend a number of hidden vulnerabilities and detection rates. Conducting a white box security assessment enables a tester to go deeper and find vulnerabilities in the target environment and the application source code.
How DataArt can help?
DataArt’s cybersecurity experts have conducted hundreds of penetration tests for businesses of all sizes across the UK, Europe, and the USA.
While automating certain routine checks, the primary focus for our pentest is made on manual testing which helps with better identifying any remaining issues that are often overlooked by many competitors. All our security analysts have over 3 years of experience in vulnerability assessment and software testing projects, and they maintain major security certifications, including OSCP, C|EH and CREST.
How You Can Benefit from Penetration Testing
- Avoid revenue loss and reputational damage. In the case of a data breach, your company’s reputation will suffer, which usually leads to a loss of customer confidence and causes a drop in revenue.
- Proactively identify vulnerabilities. A pentest results in identifying the major exploitable vulnerabilities. It helps to reveal the risk your company is exposed to and its impacts.
- Expose the real-world attack vectors that could impact an organization’s IT assets, data, and security. By modeling a real attack against the target system, it is possible to have an unbiased look at a company’s protection level and shows whether its security mechanisms are effective in practice.
- Validate existing controls and develop guidelines for remediation. Any identified vulnerabilities will be given remediation techniques applied immediately to ensure your IT infrastructure is properly protected.
- Meet regulatory requirements and avoid fines. Businesses operating in highly regulated industries (e.g. healthcare, financial services, etc.) require help from security experts who can provide pentest services. The security guidance is designed to make their businesses comply with existing regulations.
- Avoid business disruptions. No business is immune from cyber-attack, so scheduling regular security assessments is a way to help prevent interruptions to normal business operations.
As you can see, involving a pen-testing team to test your environment is a proactive effort of protecting your business from risks of potential cybersecurity breaches.
- The purpose of that test is to determine whether an attacker could compromise web applications to get unauthorized access to private resources and confidential data
- The focus of that test is shifted to breaking local privacy and bypassing platform-specific APIs and mechanisms used for data protection
- During a network penetration test, DataArt assesses the security of networks and attempts various attacks on the various resources located within those networks
Penetration Testing Stages
Our methodology involves the following 5 key phases:
Penetration testing helps to:
1. Planning. The first stage involves defining and documenting test objectives, scope, and rules of engagement.
2. Reconnaissance. During the information gathering phase, DataArt collected and examined key information about the targeted application and related infrastructure.
3. Discovering vulnerabilities. A vulnerability assessment is conducted to identify any security weaknesses through testing, validation, and research.
4. Exploitation. As the last step of the active phase of the testing, DataArt tries to exploit all identified vulnerabilities in order to disclose a true risk level of possible impact on the system from issue exploitation and minimize false-positive results.
5. Reporting. After the completion of penetration testing, DataArt delivers a detailed report of the team’s findings, thoroughly outlining and presenting our findings with suggestions for prioritizing fixes, walking through the results with a client hand-in-hand.