In order to simulate a real attack, the testing takes place without knowledge of the infrastructure and without cooperation from employees. The testing can be limited, but we don’t recommend it. Hackers don’t set limits for themselves either! :-)
Every day, hackers use a slew of tools to actively test the security applications and system components of various internet services. One of the options of avoiding an unfortunate security breach is to think like them and test infrastructure using their own methods. These penetration tests find the weak points in your systems and applications.
Contrary to automated scans used by a number of other companies for their lower costs, penetration tests reveal the actual effects of the discovered vulnerabilities. That can come from finding logical errors in the application or system configuration or a combination of vulnerabilities that scanners cannot uncover.
A manual approach is also harder to detect and better reflects the appearance of a (potentially successful) real attack. Regular penetration tests are also part of the PCI-DSS security standard that must be maintained when working with payment cards.
We can also expand the test to audit mobile applications, your infrastructure’s resistance to (D)DoS attacks, and a web application stress test. We chiefly recommend testing resistance to (D)DoS attacks when your company has some form of (D)DoS security that you want to check.
Overall security always corresponds to the level of technical security combined with the human factor. Various social engineering schemes are usually employed to make real attacks easier. Employees therefore need to know about these possible scenarios and how to react to them appropriately.
For a complete picture of your security situation, penetration tests should also include:
The specific parameters of the test are always agreed to with clients ahead of time according to their needs.
A detailed report about all vulnerabilities discovered comes with all tests performed, including: