Take your testing from theoretical to practical.
A penetration test simulates an attack on your organization’s network infrastructure or applications. The focus of penetration testing is to determine what attackers can access and what trouble they can cause.
During these controlled tests, a trained, experienced consultant reviews the security of your network infrastructure and applications using the same tools and techniques that an attacker would use. Testing can even be performed covertly, without the knowledge of the people who manage and operate your systems.
By emulating a real-world attacker, we demonstrate where holes exist and procedures fail, how much access an attacker could gain and how to properly secure your systems.
Types of Testing
Penetration testing can be classified as either external or internal testing.
An external penetration test simulates your organization being targeted over the Internet from anywhere by anyone in the world. An external attacker may target your organization by choice or because your organization runs a particular technology or has a specific configuration.
An internal penetration test replicates an attack from within your organization’s network. The attacker might be a rogue employee or vendor who is authorized to access to your network, or an attacker that breaches your external security to gain access to your internal network. This attacker has access behind your firewall with either no, or limited, credentials.
Why It’s Important
Penetration testing is one of the most effective forms of security testing because it targets the controls responsible for protecting your network. It will help your organization:
- Determine the effectiveness of your security controls
- Identify weaknesses in those controls
- Demonstrate the impact of those weaknesses
A penetration test checks various aspects of your organization’s security program that involve both your staff and technology. It evaluates if your firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and other technical controls are effective and configured correctly to prevent unauthorized access to your systems. The testing determines if all of the necessary security patches have been applied, as well as if your IT staff can detect and respond appropriately to an attack.
The value of a penetration test is its ability to demonstrate the impact of any security vulnerabilities. Senior management and other decision makers can sometimes overlook reports from IT auditors (and internal staff) indicating the potential for a malicious attack. The results of a penetration test, however, capture their attention by exposing how attackers got into your systems and what they were able to do, such as taking control of a financial server or gaining access to sensitive information. It takes security from a theoretical level to a practical one.
“This was the most thorough and in-depth penetration test we’ve ever been through.”
– Semih Sağışman, Director of IT, Hostkare Hosting Company
How We Can Help
Our penetration tests are scaled to meet the needs of your business. ilim offers an array of critical testing components that can be included as part of a comprehensive penetration test or conducted as stand-alone services.
The proven and flexible methodology used by ilim provides high-value testing without sacrificing the performance or availability of your systems. Testing is split into the following phases:
- Reconnaissance and Discovery – ilim performs a survey of your network or application and enumerates devices, services and software versions.
- Vulnerability Analysis – We identify security holes and vulnerabilities, and verify vulnerabilities are legitimate, not “false positives.”
- Attack and Penetration – Our experienced consultants attempt to exploit vulnerabilities, escalate privileges and expand access to other systems and accounts.
We know that, first and foremost, you have a business to run. We test your systems in a manner that poses minimal risk to your normal business operations, while still discovering the weaknesses that an attacker could use to disrupt those operations.