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What is infrastructure penetration testing?

Infrastructure penetration testing, also known as pentesting, is an essential part of an organisation's cybersecurity needs.

Even with the best security software and defence systems in place, astute hackers with malicious intent may still be able to access your network.

Unfortunately, many businesses only identify their weaknesses once there has been a breach and it’s too late to reverse the damage. This lack of foresight can result in financial losses, data leakage, business downtime and a damaged reputation. Your network must withstand harmful attacks and the best way to ensure this is through penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. Infrastructure penetration tests identify and expose both internal and external security flaws and vulnerabilities within your computer systems and networks. It simulates real-life attacks and gives a realistic view of your level of exposure to cybercrime.

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The ultimate goal of a pen test is to ensure the security measures you have implemented can divert and report an attempted attack. Professional penetration testing services use ethical hacking methods to expose:
  • Weak points in infrastructural setup, configurations and source code programming
  • Improper system configurations
  • Use of weak credentials, access codes and unsafe user privileges
  • Risky end-user behaviour
  • Flaws in encryption methods of operating systems, services, and applications

Pen test goals

Professional penetration testing services use ethical hacking methods to expose:

Mindfire performs comprehensive white box, black box and grey box penetration tests safely and discretely. After network penetration testing, we provide actionable insights to help you fix security gaps and develop effective countermeasures.

After the pen test service, infosec experts deliver a comprehensive penetration and vulnerability assessment with a personalised action plan and tailor-made recommendations. Within the context of your organisation, we will ensure your infrastructure and network systems are protected from unauthorised use, access, modification or destruction.

Why do you need penetration testing?

Penetration testing can benefit your company

Today's business landscape calls for collaboration and interaction between internal devices and software and external 3rd party suppliers. Your security systems need to cover the entire organisation's network systems, applications and physical security hardware. Although automatic security tools and technologies are helpful as the first line of defence against intrusions, in the case of a breach, you only have reactive defences. Timely pentesting ensures you take proactive action and our human-driven approach lets us detect abnormal behaviour and subtle changes.

Penetration testing can benefit your company by follow below steps:

Identifying high-risk areas to make it possible to prioritise security budgets

Ensuring businesses comply with industry regulations and certification standards

Maintaining trust with stakeholders who are assured that data is secure

Ensure business continuity and avoid extra costs involved with a security breach

Giving an overall view of an organisation's security level and cyber defence

When to conduct infrastructure penetration testing?

You can never perform too many infrastructure penetration tests, however, an annual network penetration test is usually adequate.

However, some situations call for more frequent penetration testing such as when your plan to:

  • Develop custom applications
  • Upgrade or install new infrastructure or applications
  • Install or update security patches
  • Modify internal end-user policies and procedures
  • Comply with industry security standards
  • Compete for lucrative corporate contracts
  • Enhance business growth through mergers or acquisitions
  • Launch innovative products or services
  • Relocate or expand business offices locations

Methodology behind Infrastructure Penetration Testing

Mindfire’s penetration testing begins even before our ethical hackers simulate an attack.

We study your systems and explore strengths and weaknesses to develop a penetration test methodology. After this analysis, we:

Definition of the Goals, Outcomes, and Parameters

This is a crucial first step as it lays out the criteria, test parameters and measurable deliverables of the test. We thoroughly consult your tech teams on all levels to understand your requirements and perceived threats. This information then guides our action plan to achieve the desired outcomes and goals.

Reconnaissance and Information Gathering

During the information gathering stage, we conduct an in-depth investigation of your systems and the procedures your current security measures react to breaches. By understanding the workings of your internal and external networks, we can identify critical weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

As we perform internal penetration testing, we gather information such as your network topology, employee credentials, physical entry points to servers, organisational structure, and your current cybersecurity systems.

External pen testing involves looking for issues that include flaws in your firewall and collecting the domain names of web and email servers as well as any public IPs. We also analyse your company website for opportunities for SQL injection and the level of DDoS protection. Because this recon is time-consuming, the sooner you begin using pen testing services, the sooner you will be protected.

Scanning & Vulnerability Analysis

After the reconnaissance stage, our pen-test team has a good idea of the vulnerabilities in your system. These are the weak points we will exploit during the actual test stage.

Through event visualisation and analysis, we then decide on the most effective tools to infiltrate your systems and communicate how such actions will affect your systems during the test period. We aim to cause minimal disruption; therefore, there needs to be a documented agreement between IT department heads and pentest teams.

System Infiltration & Exploitation

This is the point at which the pen-test team will infiltrate the infrastructure and exploit the vulnerabilities identified during scanning. We test the response of your defence software and in-house security systems.

We also test how easy it is to escalate and grant maximum privileges and how deep a hacker can go into the system. This is a crucial part of any pentesting service as it gives the business a clear picture of the consequences of a breach.

Result Analysis & Reporting

Finally, our security team analyses the penetration test results and fully describe the testing process. This is probably the most important step that involves remediation and customised reporting that includes findings, such as:

  • Vulnerabilities discovered during the reconnaissance stage
  • Network penetration testing tools and methods used to successfully gain access to the system
  • Privileges acquired and level of infiltration
  • Incident response measures from existing security systems
  • Amount of time taken to breach the network
  • Possible repercussions to the organisation if a similar attack was executed

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