Penetration Testing Services

Using Penetration Testing to Identify Your Cyber Vulnerabilities

As cyber criminals continue to develop new attacks and get access to increasingly more powerful and affordable systems, your organization’s risk of being breached by malicious, unauthorized parties increases drastically.

The cost of leaving your company open to attack can have dire consequences. Attackers may install ransomware, completely locking employees out of their computers until the hackers are paid a large sum of money to restore access.

Even worse, if your security systems are breached, client information is at risk of being downloaded and sold in bulk on the dark web as a “data dump” for the purposes of committing identity theft. You risk losing current and potential future clients while your reputation takes an unexpected and potentially devastating hit.

The importance of extensively testing your network security system to identify vulnerabilities, backdoors, and exploits cannot be understated. And that’s why Pathway’s penetration testing (or pen testing) services are crucial for organizations of any size.

What Is Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing is an ethical attempt to infiltrate your company’s security systems, identify the vulnerabilities, and offer recommendations for additional protections as needed.

Penetration testing can include a variety of different tests designed to examine all aspects of your organization’s security – both digital and physical.

What Are the Different Types of Penetration Tests?

The various types of penetration tests are meant to identify different vulnerabilities before a cyber incident occurs.

Different organizations may need to conduct some or all of these tests, depending on their unique security architecture scale and complexity.

Here are some of the major types and how they can help your company.

Network

Computer screen displaying blue and purple source code with radial blur effect appliedNetwork penetration testing examines not only your network, but all network devices and endpoints that connect to the network.

Thorough network pen testing typically uses a combination of automated and manual testing.

With a holistic view of where your network’s security posture needs strengthening, you can reduce the risk of a hacker doing things like accessing restricted data or worse – like granting themselves admin access and taking control of your entire network.

Web Applications

Web application functionality is usually designed to allow visitors to work with data you deem safe and appropriate for them to access.

Web app penetration testers look for glitches in your web app’s code, database, or server configuration to find entry points that can be exploited by hackers.

Some common vulnerabilities we test for when conducting web app penetration testing include:

  • SQL injection
  • Exposure of personally identifiable information (PII)
  • Insufficient user access controls
  • Cross-site scripting (XSS)
  • Insufficient network logging tools

By pen testing your web app, you’ll learn whether you need to improve your web app firewall (WAF) – or replace it outright. You’ll also gain insight into what portions of your web app’s production code need to be patched immediately.

Internal Penetration Testing

As the name suggests, internal penetration testing is conducted from within the organization’s network. The pen tester connects to the client’s network and tests for vulnerabilities in everything from passwords to database access.

Strengthening internal security protocols is useful for reducing the risk posed by disgruntled current or former employees who may seek to steal confidential client or business information or trade secrets – or sabotage your network.

External Penetration Testing

External penetration testing simulates an attack from someone outside your organization trying to get in. Thorough external pen testing is important across your network – not just on your company’s main database(s).

If a system considered “less important” is breached, an attacker may be able to use data found there to gain deeper access to your network where your organization’s most sensitive information is stored.

This type of pen testing helps reveal vulnerabilities on your outward-facing assets that need to be patched or hardened to keep bad actors on the outside – where they belong.

Physical Penetration Testing

With so much focus placed on cybersecurity, it’s easy to overlook one of the more obvious attack vectors: your organization’s physical building.

If an attacker is able to bypass your physical security protocol, they will have a much easier time gaining access to your network once inside. From there, a backdoor can be installed with little effort, allowing them to tunnel through your cybersecurity protocols and into your network.

That’s why physical penetration testers evaluate everything from pin tumbler locks to RFID card access systems and any other physical implements that can be picked, forced open, or generally bypassed without permission.

How Pathway Forensics Can Help

Our experts are trained to act as an adversarial party attempting to gain access to your organization’s network.

We’ll search for vulnerabilities across all endpoints on your network and provide a detailed summary of our findings, prioritized by urgency, along with the necessary next steps to remediate and strengthen your company’s security posture.

Our certified experts will:

  • Identify your areas of vulnerability
  • Understand the level of risk for each area
  • Prioritize and fix identified penetration points
  • Partner with you for ongoing testing, updates, and improvements

Who We Help

Pathway can conduct penetration tests for companies of all sizes across all industries.

Strong cybersecurity protocols aren’t just reserved for large companies or tech-savvy industries; bad actors can take advantage of any vulnerabilities they can find.

How Often Should Pen Testing Be Conducted?

Cyber threats are constantly evolving along with new software and hardware updates. As long as there are exploits to be attacked, there will be nefarious individuals willing to attack them.

At a minimum, you should be pen testing your organization’s cybersecurity posture once a year to uncover any new attack vectors that have been revealed.

Some organizations may benefit from running pen tests every six months, and others may require quarterly tests. There is no single answer – it really depends on your organization.

Pathway’s cybersecurity experts can help determine the frequency of testing that best suits your business.

Contact a Penetration Testing Expert Today

To uncover your vulnerabilities and get expert advice on next steps, contact a Pathway Forensics expert today. Call us at 713-401-3380 or complete the form below to get started.

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