Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing (VAPT) is an information security testing process/practice to detect underlying security flaws. In VAPT, A vulnerability assessment is a primary stage testing. This method is used to detect the vulnerabilities in an application or network. The second stage is penetration testing where the vulnerabilities found in the vulnerability assessment are detected and exploited to report their outcome.
Vulnerability assessment is the first step in the VAPT process. The process of defining, identifying, classifying and prioritize vulnerabilities in the required computer system, application (Web or Mobile) and network infrastructure manual or with the assistance of multiple tools or manually is called vulnerability assessment.
Penetration testing definition
The process of exploring and exploiting the weakness and vulnerabilities present in your network, web application, mobile application or people. It differs in procedures and process than just performing vulnerability scan against on your network or web and mobile applications. A complete penetration test checks and follows a perspective of an outside intruder or an individual with malicious intent which may not perpetually involve technology, however, access to technical controls by the individual may result in easy exploitation and data compromise of your Intellectual property rights. Upon completion of pen testing, there will be a detailed report /document prepared by our senior cybersecurity specialties. This report will contain all the vulnerabilities of the tested application/ network which could have been taken advantage of and used by the cybercriminals against making your company a target for cyberattack. The vulnerabilities could have been from instance unknown hardware or software flaws, misconfiguration, internal human flaw/ Spy. And therefore necessary changes must be made to keep your company IT infrastructure safe.
Too often most of the organizations take a narrow, susceptible approach to cybersecurity problems, but we understand and implement our services and solutions keeping in mind that every attack is different and also needs to be approached in a different way every time. And thus working with our client’s hand in hand and helping them to block hackers and intruders in the most proactive manner and help them to protect their IT assets and also prevent loss of significant data.
VAPT is a systematic process that follows procedural steps they are:
Even while posing the strongest and most rigid safeguards in place for your organization, vulnerabilities do exist, since as software have newer version every other week, even the modus of operation of the hacker’s changes every other day since they are actively looking for vulnerabilities and change their attack method in parallel with the existing safeguards in place for your application or network.
Penetration testing also commonly known as ethical hacking on the other hand is an authorized cyber attack which involves exploiting a vulnerability in a system to find if unauthorized access or malicious activity is possible.
Performing a penetration testing on a regular basis is not only a smart business practice but also helps the organization to improve their overall security, protect customer loyalty, reduce network downtime, test your cyber defense capability and also it is a requirement for most organizations to be compliant with the regulatory bodies like PCI, GDPR, ISO, HIPAA, SWIFT (CSP), Cyber Essentials, Cyber Essentials Plus.
What is OWASP pentesting?
OWASP pentesting is a standard. A methodology which was developed as part of the Open Web application security Project (OWASP). It primarily focuses on testing only the core testing phases of the web application.
It suggests and recommends security assessments of web applications as well as their development stack, which will also include the webserver configuration on a black-box testing approach.
The top ten security consents outlined and covered in the OWASP standard.
Why include OWASP standards in your security policy?
OWASP is recommended as it will identify the most common and important vulnerabilities present in the applications. As well it widely used and implemented as standard for almost all policies and corporations worldwide in additional to other of security pentesting.
What is IoT?
IoT is a set of hardware and software working in sync with any interrelated computer devices, mechanical, automotive and digital machines or any other hybrid machinery provided with a unique identity and the capability to transfer knowledge /data over a small or large network without requiring human to human or human to computer interaction.
What is IoT testing?
An IoT penetration testing is the assessment and exploration of any hardware and software which includes interrelated computer devices, mechanical, automotive and digital machines or any other hybrid machinery making them more secure from unauthorized access.
The architecture of the IoT devices can be categories into :
What is the red team Assessment?
Red team assessments are similar to penetration testing in many ways but it is more targeted. The engagement is not to find many vulnerabilities as possible but to test the organization’s detection and response capabilities in an all-out attempt to gain access to a system by any means necessary and usually includes penetration testing, physical breaches, testing of phone lines, modem lines, testing all wireless, RF systems at physical access points within the organization and will also include testing your employees through multiple scripted social engineering and multiple phishing tests which will be your own active anti-advanced persistent threat system.
Benefits of red team assessment :
Get fact-based risk assessment and analysis with recommendations for improving your security posture.
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