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What is Penetration Testing?
Penetration Testing is a critical aspect of cyber security that involves either scanning for or simulating an attack on a computer system, network, or application to identify potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses to known and evolving cyber threats.
Sometimes referred to as “pen testing”, penetration testing is a rigorous type of cyber security testing that focuses on finding vulnerabilities before malicious parties do. During our penetration testing services, our cyber security team will test for weaknesses, conduct vulnerability scans, and simulate a real-world attack. This process of identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses helps you safeguard your business, operations, assets, infrastructure and information against cyber threats.
Who is Penetration Testing For?
Any organisation who handles sensitive data, processes financial transactions, or has an online presence should consider getting a penetration test done. This includes businesses of all sizes, government agencies, healthcare providers, financial institutions, and e-commerce websites.
Our penetration testing services can help these entities identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers and take proactive measures to strengthen their security posture.
Additionally, compliance regulations such as PCI-DSS, ISO 27001, and GDPR may require regular penetration testing to ensure the protection of sensitive information, so our penetration testing services can help meet these requirements.
Penetration testing services you can rely on
Holocron Cyber is a leading cyber security and penetration testing company with our head office located in Brisbane. We are a national service provider with resources in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. We harness cutting-edge cyber security techniques, the best penetration testing tools, and deep industry expertise to ensure your systems are protected against today’s cyber threats. Our security testing services are conducted by cyber security experts with deep experience in penetration testing services and other advanced cyber security processes.
Our Penetration Testing Framework
All of our penetration testing follows a strict penetration testing execution standard for technical security testing. This testing aims to find security vulnerabilities and enable these to be addressed.
Planning and Preparation
The Holocron penetration testing team will work with the organisation to define scope, identify key assets and systems to be tested, and agree on the penetration testing methodology. Our penetration testing team will also gather information such as IP addresses, network diagrams, and application documentation.
Vulnerability Scanning and Analysis
The penetration testing team will conduct vulnerability scanning to identify potential entry points for an attacker. Our cyber security team will analyse the results of the scan to identify potential vulnerabilities that require further testing.
Exploitation and Testing
During this stage, our team of penetration testers will conduct targeted testing to exploit identified vulnerabilities and assess the level of risk they pose to the organisation. Our penetration testing team will attempt to gain access to systems and data to identify potential weaknesses and report on their findings.
Reporting and Remediation
During the final stages, our team of penetration testers will compile a detailed report of their findings and provide recommendations for remediation. The report will include a summary of vulnerabilities to real world attacks uncovered during our penetration testing, their potential impact on the organisation, and recommendations for mitigation.
Penetration Testing Service Offering
A penetration test usually involves the use of intrusive methods or attacks conducted by qualified and trusted industry professionals, utilising methods similar to those used by intruders or hackers. Care is taken not to adversely affect normal operations while these tests are conducted.
What our Penetration Testing Services Encompass
Holocron can perform both External and Internal Penetration testing as described below. Both methods follow best practice in penetration testing methodologies, which include:
Internal Penetration Testing
Internal penetration testing, also referred to as internal network penetration testing, provides protection from internal threats and ensures that internal user privileges cannot be misused. This helps to identify any vulnerabilities in your internal networks and helps to prevent internal network penetration by identifying areas that need to be secured. A successful attack may occur through a valid communication channel, as a result of human error or a software defect in the perimeter.
The security level of each system adjacent to the compromised host will determine the degree to which the attacker can further penetrate the infrastructure. It is therefore recommended that testing is performed on critical systems in the DMZ or on the internal network, using black box techniques.
Testing of the corporate user network may also identify the impact of poor access controls and help to mitigate the impact of a malicious or disgruntled employee and the potential for internal network penetration.
External Penetration Testing
External penetration testing consists of a review of vulnerabilities that could be exploited by external users with or without credentials. The assessment will determine whether existing implemented security controls, such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, or implemented application defences are operating as expected.
Our experts assume the role of an external attacker during our pen testing services, and attempt to exploit vulnerable systems to obtain confidential information and compromise the network perimeter. We build scenarios utilising a compromised system as a pivot point to further penetrate network infrastructure, to demonstrate the potential impact of a successful compromise.
As a leading Brisbane cyber security company, our methodology is in accordance with best practice standards and incorporates guidelines from OSSTMM, NIST and OWASP.
Types of Tests and Attacks Vectors
Network Penetration Test
In a network penetration test, we test the network environment for potential security vulnerabilities and threats. This network penetration test is a key part of the pen testing process and is divided into two categories: external and internal penetration tests. Both can be attacked using White-box or Black-box techniques.
Once obtaining access to an internal network (through compromising external services or by gaining access through internal mobile devices, social engineering or other means), we attempt to escalate privileges, and gain access to the critical data assets.
Social Engineering Penetration Test
A social engineering penetration test can be part of a network penetration test. In a social engineering penetration test, you may ask our team to attack users. This is where we use spear phishing attacks and browser exploits to trick a user into doing things they did not intend to do, thereby gaining a backdoor access into the network for unauthorised access. We'll conduct penetration tests focusing on these techniques within this step of the penetration testing process.
Web Application Penetration Testing
Web application penetration testing is very common since your application may host critical data such as credit card numbers, usernames, and passwords. Therefore this type of penetration test has become more common than the network penetration test.
Mobile Application Penetration Test
Mobile application penetration testing has quickly become common since most organisations use Android, iOS, Windows and Linux based mobile applications to provide services to customers. Mobile application penetration testing is crucial to ensuring your mobile application. This test is great if you want to make sure that your mobile applications are secure enough for users to rely on when providing personal information when using such applications.
Benefits for Your Organisation: Why Pen Testing is Important
The following provides an outline of what sort of benefits an organisation may experience if they were to get regular penetration testing.
The Risks of Not Conducting Regular Penetration Testing
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