Penetration Testing Overview
A penetration test, or pen-test, is an attempt to evaluate the security of an infrastructure by safely trying to exploit vulnerabilities.
These vulnerabilities may exist in operating systems, services and application flaws, improper configurations or risky end-user behaviour. Such assessments are also useful in validating the efficacy of defensive mechanisms, as well as, end-user adherence to security policies.
Penetration tests are typically performed using manual or automated technologies to systematically compromise servers, endpoints, web applications, wireless networks, network devices, mobile devices and other potential points of exposure. Once vulnerabilities have been successfully exploited on a particular system, testers may attempt to use the compromised system to launch subsequent exploits at other internal resources – specifically by trying to incrementally achieve higher levels of security clearance and deeper access to electronic assets and information via privilege escalation.
Information about any security vulnerabilities successfully exploited through penetration testing is typically aggregated and presented to IT and network system managers to help those professionals make strategic conclusions and prioritize related remediation efforts. The fundamental purpose of penetration testing is to measure the feasibility of systems or end-user compromise and evaluate any related consequences such incidents may have on the involved resources or operations
Benefits of Penetration Testing Preformed by RSS
Penetration testing offers many benefits, allowing you to:
• Intelligently manage vulnerabilities
• Avoid the cost of network downtime
• Meet regulatory requirements and avoid fines
• Preserve corporate image and customer loyalty
As you can see, obtaining a penetration-testing software or hiring an operational RSS pen-testing team to test your security is a proactive effort of protecting your business from risks before attacks or security breaches occur.
Why Perform Pen-Tests
Security breaches and service interruptions are costly.
Security breaches and any related interruptions in the performance of services or applications, can result in direct financial losses, threaten organizations’ reputations, erode customer loyalties, attract negative press, and trigger significant fines and penalties.
It is impossible to safeguard all information, all the time.
Traditionally, organizations have sought to prevent breaches by installing and maintaining layers of defensive security mechanisms, including user access controls, IT and individual targeting of company personnel. However, continued adoption of new technologies, including security systems, has made it even harder to find and eliminate all of an organizations’ vulnerabilities and protect against many types of potential security incidents.
Penetration-testing identifies and prioritizes security risks.
Pen-testing evaluates an organization’s ability to protect its property, customer data, work force and management, networks, applications, endpoints and users from external or internal attempts to circumvent its security controls to gain unauthorized or privileged access to protected assets.
We at RSS can deploy fully trained professional teams as requested by the client utilizing our military, surveillance and security skills. We have a vast experience in the unique field of Pen Testing, and currently have teams deployed on various corporate contracts to major organisations.
Each individual task is completed by either or both a detailed written report or/and a full presentation to management and relevant staff.
Please contact us for more details on our pen testing services.