WHAT IS PENETRATION TESTING?
- WHAT is a penetration test?
A penetration test is a realistic attack on a network or web application with the intent of discovering and exploiting security vulnerabilities and/or misconfigurations. The goal of a penetration test is to identify the vulnerabilities that could impact a company’s confidentiality, integrity and/or availability of data before they are exploited by a bad actor. Ideally, penetration tests should be performed utilizing the same Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) as real-world threat actors to ensure maximum protective benefit.
- HOW is a test conducted?
Netragard’s Penetration Tests are conducted using methodologies that adapt to the unique requirements of each client. Netragard works with clients to discuss testing methodologies used, to identify sensitive targets, to develop a testing team, and to develop the processes and procedures used to conduct the penetration test.
Our priorities will never differ from the clients we serve. Clients are included in the process throughout the process. Before testing, we make sure that clients understand what’s being tested, how it’s being tested, why it’s being tested, and where and when the test is taking place. It’s important for Netragard to understand the client’s environment and business processes as well as addressing concerns. After the test, Netragard will provide a detailed report identifying vulnerabilities as well as recommend remediation steps.
- WHY conduct a penetration test?
Penetration tests are considered as a proactive measure to find, fix, and protect against future vulnerabilities. With ransomware incidents on the rise, it’s important to regularly conduct penetration tests.
While periodic penetration testing may be a common requirement for compliance obligations, organizations should strive to perform regular testing outside of this requirement to improve their security posture. The value of a penetration test is often diminished when attempting to “check the boxes” by relying on a scanning tool.
- WHO conducts penetration test?
It’s important to select a company with experience that matches your needs! Understand precisely what you are paying for. Will the test result in clear, actionable items to improve your infrastructure? Will your non-technical team understand the deliverables? Will there be clear and concise communication throughout testing?
Netragard strives to protect you from people like us, but to work with each client to ensure that the final deliverables are tailored for their needs. For more information, check out our YouTube video, What is a Penetration Test?
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