Advanced penetration testing is a simulated cyber security testing to check for exploitable vulnerabilities in a system. Pen testing may involve attempted breaching of application systems or front-end/back-end servers to uncover vulnerabilities, such as sanitized inputs that are susceptible to code injection attacks. It is important that networks and applications of an organization undergo penetration testing periodically to ensure every probable security weakness is discovered and eliminated.
ValueMentor’s goal for penetration testing is to demonstrate the existence of known vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an intruder as they appear from outside the perimeter.
Our team performs more than 500 advanced penetration testing annually.
Advanced Penetration Testing Service
Preparation & Planning
We begin by defining the scope of testing, an activity done jointly with the client. We assess the operational requirements and information related to the machines, systems, and networks to be tested and develop a plan for carrying out the testing.
We gather essential information regarding the hosts, network and/or applications in scope and analyze the details required to perform the testing.
ISMS Risk Assessments based on the UAE National Cyber Risk Management Framework
Our team conducts certain processes like scanning the network with various scanning tools, identification of open share drives, open FTP portals, services that are running, and much more for the detection of vulnerabilities.
The vulnerabilities which are identified are further exploited in this process. Here the process is done manually using commercial tools and custom scripts and powershell
Analysis & Reporting
The engagement results in delivering a detailed report of the assessment. This includes an Executive Summary for the management, A Detailed report on each of the findings with their risk ratings and remediation recommendations.
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Advanced Penetration Testing
Organizations shall use the Advanced Penetration Testing service to validate their security controls. Some use cases are highlighted below
Testing Incident Response
To improve the readiness and to identify the alertness of the SOC / MDR Service, the advanced penetration testing service may be utlized.
Simulate Targeted Network Attacks
The advanced pen testing team can be used to simulate an adversary targeting your organization through specific attack channels.
A Penetration test is useful only if the penetration tester provides you with an actionable report which is easy to understand and explains each risk in detail.
Our reports include a management summary which is easy to understand provides the overall risk posture of the tested environment. Additionally, a summary of the high and critical risks are also listed, so that it can be tracked by the management till closure.
The blue team, application support and other technical team members need to understand the details of the weakness. The detailed findings will provide information required for them to understand the risks so that it can be mitigated
Our team will provide a list of recommended actions to mitigate the weakness. This could be as simple as referencing to a web URL which provides step by step actions or as detailed as listing down the steps or workaround to mitigate the risk.
Validating the closure of vulnerabilities are important. It confirms that the risks are rbought down to acceptable levels or elimited completely. We will perform minimum on re-test to validate the closures.
Advanced Pen Testing methods
Our advanced penetration testing service differs from standard penetration testing in its approach, the depth of the tests and the coverage of the scope.
Advanced Blackbox Penetration Testing
An advanced black-box penetration testing engagement is performed based on a minimal information received about the target environement. The testing process may span between few days to months depending on the engagement model.
Advanced Grey-box Testing
An advanced grey-box testing simulates the tactics used by adversaries such as APT groups or nation states. The intent is not just to identify vulnerabilities, but to identify the exploitation opportunities by these adversaries on your data and customers
Purple Team tests
Purple team tests are performed to test the blue team’s processess, people and technology to assess the defense capabilities.
Red team excercises
Red team testing is the most advanced penetration testing services offered by ValueMentor simulating the most advanced hackers.
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