Penetration Testing

Without thorough penetration testing, you won’t be able to find and fix holes in your cyber security

Find out if your cyber security can withstand
the latest attacks

“Penetration Testing is when we purposely test, and in effect simulate attacks on a given computer network, or business systems to help us identify where the potential threats and loopholes are.

We want to put the test the robustness of the systems to evaluate how secure and efficiently they really are.

A penetration test is based on the assumption that more can be learnt about its susceptibility to attack by attempting to compromise network security, and specific weaknesses are identified and mitigated.

If you haven’t put your current security levels into an extreme testing environment and want to know how strong your cyber security is, then a penetration test is what you need.

The main reason for penetration testing is to identify the weak points in your security systems and networks, identify the risk measuring up the risks by following your company security policies.

In our ever-evolving world of Managed IT Services and network technologies, systems and processes are moving at an ever-increasing faster rate.

This in turn leads to higher risks of security vulnerabilities.

Have your efforts to identify these vulnerabilities kept pace with the latest security threats?

How have you kept your security test approaches up to date?

How has your penetration testing been evolving since you started?

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Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS)

A company’s Security Posture is constantly changing in line with the evolving risks faced by multiple sources. A traditional Penetration Test is very much a point in time assessment. It is time for the market to evolve and a new solution to be provided that meets the needs of the customer.

PTaaS advocates a continuous cycle of testing and remediation. It suggests that your security posture is always changing so in order to combat this moving target there must be an on-going program of testing, remediation and management. PTaaS is all about establishing a regime of automatic checks and monitoring so that even the smallest aspects of your eco-system are protected.

Advanced Monitoring Tools

CloudCoCo’s PTaaS service is a part of the same technology group of companies as RapidSpike, a market leader in providing advanced monitoring tools to many numerous clients worldwide. Every CloudCoCo customer will have a level of access to the following tools depending upon the level of service they have acquired.

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Category Description
Security Tools Scan the external perimeter of your network to check for any software or configuration vulnerabilities, receive an early warning of an impending security issue and obtain a list of networks to block to prevent it, or when JavaScript on your web application changes.
Ensure that your site has not been compromised and is available to users via the Google search engine.
Performance Tools Simulate and monitor real users from all around the world with our Synthetic Journey monitors. Track real user experience – traffic volume and page load speed – by country, browser & device.
Assurance Monitors Monitor for the expiry of your domain names, protect against Domain Hijacking and ensure you are notified of any changes to your WHOIS records. Get notified when close to expiry as well as if any changes occur to your SSL Certificate. Avoid losing traffic and damaging your business reputation by ensuring your domain redirection is configured properly.
Availability Tools Reliable and constant uptime monitoring for your entire platform – from server level to individual website pages. Monitor your API endpoints using our HTTP POST monitor, capable of sending a request body and matching the response against an expected value.
SEOMonitors Monitor industry leading SEO Statistics for your websites and determine their Search Engine rankings over time. Integrate with your Google Analytics account, enabling RapidSpike to collect and display key metrics such as user sessions and to be able to graph these with server response and page load times. Monitor the Alexa Traffic Ranking for your websites as a way of determining their popularity over time.

Secure Portal

SecurePortal is a key component of Penetration Testing as a Service (PtaaS), providing customers of CloudCoCo with a live cloud service to manage their penetration testing services and results.

CloudCoCo uses SecurePortal inorder to move away from the traditional delivery of PDF based reports, toward a more intelligence and secure process. Both vulnerability scanning and manual penetration testing services can be requested via the portal, target scopes submitted securely, and all results digitally presented in a way that can be interrogated, tracked, measured and easily exported.

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Given that the threat landscape constantly evolves, SecurePortal automatically checks the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) and alerts the customer via SMS and/or email if any newly discovered vulnerability could affect their SecurePortal tracked assets. This enables customers to react quickly if a new threat is discovered, or a current vulnerability increases in severity.

Benefit Description
Manage Your Services Manage all automated and manual penetration tests from booking to report delivery, all in one two-factor secured and easy to use cloud service.
Interrogate Your Vulnerabilities Interrogate vulnerability information identified in both automated and manual penetration tests, viewing the results as ‘Vulnerability Centric’ or ‘Host Centric’, and filtering results by host and severity.
React Quickly To New Threats Submit sensitive assessment scopes, manage proposals, and upload MSAs quickly and securely via the online questionnaires, rather than via documents sent as email attachments.
Manage Your Proposals and Scopes Manage all automated and manual penetration tests from booking to report delivery, all in one two-factor secured and easy to use cloud service.
Export Your Date Export full or filtered vulnerability information in multiple formats including XML, CSV, JSON, PDF and TXT.
Stay Informed Receive alerts via email or SMS when the severity of a vulnerability affecting your assets officially changes.

CloudCoCo conducts penetration testing on:


Internal and External Hosts

Web Applications

Cloud Security

Wireless Network

Website Security

Social Engineering

FAQ

Firstly, there are two types of hackers. Legal and Illegal. With our penetration testing we are given legal permission by the business to hack the system. 

Our findings then act as prevention steps to stop the illegal hacker gaining access in the future. This is what penetration testing does. 

Before we dig a little deeper, we need to identify three ways to execute the test. 

  1. Black book testing
  2. White book testing
  3. Grey book testing

Black box testing (also known as a blind tests), is used to identify how an illegal hackers mind works. 

In this case, the legal hacker will try to penetrate the company system by applying all the acquired knowledge to prove that it is way beyond an illegal hacker’s access.

Still, if the hacker hacks into the company's network, it will be documented in order for the company to plan for protection and block any threats.

White book testing is conducted to test the company security when the hacker is within the company, or someone familiar with access. 

In this test, the legal hacker is given the username, passcode and IP address that can then be used to try and hack other areas of the company’s private systems, where no authorisation has been granted.

Grey box testing, also known as partial disclosure, is when the legal hacker has some vital information about the company. Other information is then left for the hacker to try and discover. 

There two top level versions of penetration testing to strengthen the security of a business.

Internal penetration testing

This is when a legal hacker tries to penetrate the company's security using the company's computer—this checks the security system from an inside job. The purpose of this test is to prevent the company's employees from gaining access to all data.

External penetration testing

This checks the system's security through an internet connection. Basically, attacking a business from an outside IP address. 

In this case, a legal hacker will try to penetrate all the business confidential and sensitive information through the databases linked to your website through the internet.

The penetration test is supposed to be part of every company’s daily job description, because it lets you evaluate your IT infrastructure's overall security. 

Your company may have a robust security protocol in certain specific areas, yet in others risky vulnerable points may need securing down.

The high cost and reputational damage of cyberattacks means that no company is expected to wait till a real-world scenario is played out before installing defense systems. 

Penetration tests helps expose loopholes in business security, it allows security experts and penetration testers to handle any shortcomings before they are played out and become critical.

The penetration test is done using various automation processes and tools to expose vulnerabilities. We operate the latest technologies to combat these, expose and fix them. 

Automation and penetration testing tools look for weak data encryption and hard coded values within the application code, like a password. 

These tools help companies find out how well they are complying with the current security policies. 

Testing is also an excellent way for check your staff security access at every level of the organisation.

Penetration testers usually execute within defined perimeters. This focuses on different elements of the company's network, hardware systems, physical structures and applications.

Once you have received your testing report, you can apply the necessary recommendations and strengthen your overall security position.

Penetration tests help an organisation provide solutions to improve the increase company security.

Companies should always turn the outcome presented to them into actionable insight. 

The decision-makers will then use the information given to spur any need for change to improve current security protocol. 

The risks uncovered during penetration testing could be change in address requirements and these are uncovered during the intrusion test.

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Benefits of penetration testing for your business

There are many benefits of deploying the right penetration testing, these are as follows:

  • Penetration testing creates an opportunity for a business to defend its network, applications, users and endpoints from internal and external attempts to compromise security, and access confidential information. 
  • Tests will confirm threats posed by faulty processes, or particular security vulnerabilities allowing security experts and  IT management to arrange remedial change.
  • Regular penetration testing will anticipate emergent security threats and avoid unauthorised access to crucial information and critical system attacks.
  • A Penetration test offers comprehensive information on concrete and vulnerable security threats to help arrange solutions execute necessary security patches.
  • Penetration testing will help a business with comprehensive auditing, compliance of procedures and combat financial and reputational risk penalties, caused by illegal hacking.