Penetration testing, also called pen testing or ethical hacking, is the practice of testing a computer system, network or application to find security vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit. At auticon, our primary objective is to identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities in your organisation’s security environment. Our thorough testing includes measuring the effectiveness and reach of the overarching security policy, staff security awareness and organisational response to security incidents.
auticon’s standard penetration testing approach addresses most commonly found security challenges and client requirements. We deliver fast results as well as secure and sustainable mitigation strategies.
White / Black box:
In white box testing, attackers have full knowledge of the systems architecture, source code, infrastructure and deployment details, simulating an insider, or advanced persistent threat. In black box (also known as “blind”) testing, the attackers know no details of the targeted systems and are thus limited to what an outside attacker would know.
External vs Internal Focus:
External testing focuses on company assets, visible on the internet, e.g., the web application itself, the company website, and email and domain name servers (DNS). The goal is to gain access and extract valuable data.
Internal testing simulates an attack by a malicious insider and focuses on an application behind its firewall. This is not necessarily a rogue employee, but much more commonly could be an employee whose credentials were stolen due to a phishing attack.
Lights on / off:
In “lights on” or “targeted” test IT staff are fully aware of the test and can anticipate and observe an attack in real time. In ”lights out” approach, IT resources are unaware of an attack, which offers unique insight into the clients attack detection capabilities.
In the assessment stage, auticon consultants bring together everything they have learnt about the client’s business and systems, and their vulnerabilities, in order to:
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