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What is Penetration Testing?

Penetration Testing, also known as Pen Testing, refers to authorized hacking attempts conducted by ethical hackers to evaluate, identify, and address security vulnerabilities in an organization’s IT infrastructure.

In India, our CREST Certified Security Analysts offer tailored Penetration Testing services, simulating real-world cyber-attacks. Penetration Testing can be conducted in different styles, such as White Box Penetration Testing, Black Box Penetration Testing, or Grey Box Penetration Testing.

Hostshield is a CREST Penetration Testing Service Provider in India, providing customers with enhanced risk mitigation through a comprehensive range of Penetration Testing services. We aid organizations in assessing their security control resilience and ensuring the overall security of their infrastructure. By leveraging our Penetration Testing services, companies receive a detailed vulnerability report, complete with identified risks and prioritized recommendations for swift mitigation.

Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) is a critical and mandatory exercise required to meet various regulatory standards, particularly NESA UAE, PCI DSS, and HIPAA. It allows IT departments to validate their existing security controls and enables managers to prioritize investments for remediation efforts effectively.

External Penetration Testing
External network penetration testing simulates the perspective of a hacker observing the network from the internet. By exploiting vulnerabilities discovered externally, this test assesses potential threats originating from the internet and is conducted outside the firewall’s protection.

Internal Penetration Testing

Internal Penetration Testing exposes risks that originate from within the network. In this test, we connect to the internal LAN to identify and exploit existing vulnerabilities.

Segmentation Testing
Segmentation testing involves isolating less secure networks from more secure ones to ensure restricted and limited communication between these networks.

Black Box Penetration Testing
In Black Box Penetration Testing, the process is initiated with no prior knowledge about the network. Testers obtain the required information using penetration testing tools or social engineering techniques. Any publicly available information on the internet serves as valuable input for the penetration tester.

White Box Penetration Testing
White Box Penetration Testing, also known as complete knowledge testing, provides testers with full information about the target network. This information may include the host IP address, owned domains, applications used, network diagrams, and security defenses, such as IPs or IDs of the network.

Gray Box Penetration Testing
Gray Box Penetration Testing involves simulating an inside employee scenario, where the tester is granted an account on the internal network and a standard level of access. This testing process assesses internal threats originating from employees within the organization.

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Benefits Of Penetration Testing Services

Criticality Of Vulnerabilities

Penetration Testing aids in the proactive assessment of vulnerability criticality and the discernment of false positives generated by automated scanners. This process enables the prioritization of remedial actions, determining whether a detected vulnerability warrants immediate patching based on its level of criticality.

Regulatory Compliance

Penetration Testing aids organizations in conforming to diverse regulatory standards, including PCI DSS, HIPAA, and GLBA. It acts as a mechanism to assist organizations in avoiding penalties stemming from non-compliance.

Cost Of Compliance

A security breach has the potential to significantly impact and incur substantial costs for an organization. Network downtime, in particular, can result in significant business losses. Penetration Testing plays a pivotal role in mitigating these financial setbacks by promptly identifying and addressing risks.

Network Penetration Testing Methodology

Information Gathering & Network Discovery

We gather information concerning insecure services, active hosts and services, as well as conduct OS and services fingerprinting. This also encompasses tracking internet surfing activities and associated links.

Scanning And Enumeration

The Penetration Testing Scanning and Enumeration phase encompasses activities such as port scanning, service detection, and obtaining OS fingerprints.

Gaining Access

Gaining access entails conducting vulnerability assessments and exploiting identified risks to assess their impact and severity.

Remedial Action Identification

HostShield’s CREST Certified Security Analysts formulate a prioritized plan for remedial actions addressing the threats and vulnerabilities identified in the preceding stages.

Reporting & Re-Testing

A comprehensive report outlining the findings and providing guidance on remediation is furnished. Upon successful completion of the remediation process, a re-test is conducted to verify the efficacy of the implemented fixes.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Is it possible to conduct a penetration test remotely?

Indeed, penetration testing can be carried out remotely through a VPN connection. However, specific assessment activities like wireless penetration tests or internal network penetration tests may necessitate onsite evaluations.

2. What is the cost of a Penetration Test for my business?

The expense of a penetration test can fluctuate based on various factors, including the intricacy of the targeted environment, methodologies employed, type of assessment, and additional services such as remediation assistance. Furthermore, the cost is influenced by the duration needed to achieve the established objective of conducting the penetration test.

3. What elements are included in a penetration testing report?

A penetration testing report offers a precise breakdown of the technical vulnerabilities within your organization’s infrastructure. A meticulously documented report can prove valuable in the subsequent phases of the test for your organization’s internal security team as they plan their security operations. A penetration testing report encompasses:

  1. Executive Summary.
  2. Overview of Vulnerabilities.
  3. Detailed Vulnerability Analysis.
  4. Risk Assessment (e.g., CVSS score).
  5. Remediation Action Plan.
  6. Conclusion.