WHAT IS PENETRATION TESTING?
Penetration testing is a point in time technical assessment of the security of your web and mobile applications, network infrastructure and other systems. It can help to identify technical vulnerabilities that could leave your organization open to attack by finding gaps in secure development, deployment, configuration and ongoing management of systems and products.
After the completion of a penetration test, a detailed report will be provided clearly stating the technical impact and ease of exploitation of the issues found as well as providing recommendations for remediation. This enables you to understand the business risk and potential operational impact of these vulnerabilities.
PENETRATION TESTING AT CONTEXT INFORMATION SECURITY
Context’s manual penetration tests are performed in a controlled environment utilizing means and methods similar to those that a real-world attacker would use to penetrate an organization’s systems.
Manual penetration testing can be used to fill the gaps in an automated vulnerability assessment and management program, ensuring business logic and workflows are taken into consideration while also removing false positives.
In the complicated cybersecurity landscape, penetration testing has become a must, and in fact is a requirement for many industries, such as:
- Financial services providers (NYDFS CRR 500, SOC2, PCI DSS, FINRA, SOX)
- Healthcare providers (HIPAA)
- Government providers
- Other (GLBA, FISMA, ISO 27001, GDPR)
Even businesses that might think they don’t have any valuable information to protect could be at risk of someone attempting to take over their network, install malware, disrupt services, and more.
TYPES OF PENETRATION TEST:
- Web application security testing
- Cloud security assessments
- Network penetration testing (internal and external infrastructure testing)
- Mobile application and device security
- Red team and scenario based testing
- Code reviews
- Build and configuration reviews
WHAT PENETRATION TESTING IS NOT
Unfortunately, there are a good number of suppliers that simply use automated software to run a basic test to identify flaws, and compromise opportunities, and call it penetration testing. While automated testing can identify some cybersecurity issues, it can be unreliable when being applied to complex systems and applications. Context's manual penetration testing approach is a more in-depth assessment and considers the business’s vulnerability to attack as well as the residual risk to the organization of any identified issues.
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