Pen Testing Assessments
Penetration Testing, also known as "pen testing," is a process used by ethical hackers and cybersecurity professionals. They use targeted attacks to identify security weaknesses in a system or network. The objective is to imitate the actions of a malicious individual. We will assess the system's susceptibility to compromise, unauthorized access, and vulnerability exploitation. Are employees vulnerable to social engineering attacks? Is your network protection robust? How about your physical security?
A hacker can take many approaches to breach your systems. Pen testing helps uncover and mitigate them. Think of pen testing as a more advanced, hands-on approach to vulnerability assessments. Vulnerability assessments primarily focus on identifying and documenting vulnerabilities. Pen testing actively exploits those vulnerabilities (in a controlled, approved environment) to simulate real-world attacks. Pen tests range in their focus and scope, but mainly include:
Network Pen Testing
Network penetration testing purposefully uses malicious techniques. We use these techniques to test your network infrastructure -- routers, switches, firewalls, and servers – for vulnerabilities. Think: What would a hacker do if he were trying to access the network?
Web Application Pen Testing
Web application penetration testing simulates attacks on a system to uncover web application vulnerabilities to common attack vectors. Examples include injection attacks (SQL injection, XSS), insecure direct object references, or authentication bypasses.
Wireless Network Pen Testing
Wireless network penetration testing focuses on identifying and exploiting weaknesses. We test your wireless network configurations, encryption protocols, or access point settings to gain unauthorized access or compromise the network. Hackers often bypass defenses by compromising WiFi systems. Pen testing allows companies to identify security gaps before real-world hackers can exploit them.
Social Engineering Tests
Social engineering tests assess an organization's vulnerability by attempting to deceive employees into sharing information, credentials, or access. Pen testers may utilize methods like phishing emails, phone calls, or physical impersonation to uncover vulnerabilities. Social engineering exercises are crucial in gauging employee education levels and resistance to suspicious activity.
Physical Penetration Testing
Physical penetration testing involves attempting to gain unauthorized physical access. We test buildings, data centers, or sensitive areas by bypassing or circumventing security controls like locks, access cards, or surveillance systems.
Red Team Exercises
Red team exercises comprise a team of skilled ethical hackers performing an all-hands-on-deck penetration test. This approach combines many pen testing approaches including network, web application, social engineering, and physical assessments. They comprehensively assess your organization's overall security posture and response capabilities.
Once ACS has wrapped a penetration test, we'll give your company a full report. This includes any weaknesses found as well as detailed remediation steps.