What is Penetration Testing?

What is Penetration Testing?


  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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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Karen Huggins

Chief Financial, HR and Admin Officer
Karen joined the Netragard team in 2017 and oversees Netragard’s financial, human resources as well as administration functions. She also provides project management support to the operations and overall strategy of Netragard.
Prior to joining Netragard, she worked at RBC Investor Services Bank in Luxembourg in the role of Financial Advisor to the Global CIO of Investor Services, as well as several years managing the Financial Risk team to develop and implement new processes in line with regulatory requirements around their supplier services/cost and to minimize the residual risk to the organization.
With over 20 years of experience in finance with global organizations, she brings new perspective that will help the organization become more efficient as a team. She received her Bachelor of Finance from The Florida State University in the US and her Master of Business Administration at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.

Philippe Caturegli

Chief Hacking Officer
Philippe has over 20 years of experience in information security. Prior to joining Netragard, Philippe was a Senior Manager within the Information & Technology Risk practice at Deloitte Luxembourg where he led a team in charge of Security & Privacy engagements.

Philippe has over 10 years of experience in the banking and financial sector that includes security assessment of large and complex infrastructures and penetration testing of data & voice networks, operating systems, middleware and web applications in Europe, US and Middle East.

Previously, Philippe held roles within the information system security department of a global pharmaceutical company in London. While working with a heterogeneous network of over 100,000 users across the world and strict regulatory requirements, Philippe gained hands-on experience with various security technologies (VPN, Network and Application Firewalls, IDS, IPS, Host Intrusion Prevention, etc.)

Philippe actively participates in the Information Security community. He has discovered and published several security vulnerabilities in leading products such as Cisco, Symantec and Hewlett-Packard.

He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI-QSA), OSSTMM Professional Security Analyst (OPSA), OSSTMM Professional Security Tester (OPST), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)and Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI).

Adriel Desautels

Chief Technology Officer
Adriel T. Desautels, has over 20 years of professional experience in information security. In 1998, Adriel founded Secure Network Operations, Inc. which was home to the SNOsoft Research Team. SNOsoft gained worldwide recognition for its vulnerability research work which played a pivotal role in helping to establish today’s best practices for responsible disclosure. While running SNOsoft, Adriel created the zeroday Exploit Acquisition Program (“EAP”), which was transferred to, and continued to operate under Netragard.
In 2006, Adriel founded Netragard on the premise of delivering high-quality Realistic Threat Penetration Testing services, known today as Red Teaming. Adriel continues to act as a primary architect behind Netragard’s services, created and manages Netragard’s 0-day Exploit Acquisition Program and continues to be an advocate for ethical 0-day research, use and sales.
Adriel is frequently interviewed as a subject matter expert by media outlets that include, Forbes, The Economist, Bloomberg, Ars Technica, Gizmodo, and The Register. Adriel is often an invited keynote or panelist at events such as Blackhat USA, InfoSec World, VICELAND Cyberwar, BSides, and NAW Billion Dollar CIO Roundtable.