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Step-wise Guide to Perform Penetration Testing

Any software needs to go through various types of tests to assure that it has the required competitive edge. Today, when the protection of information resources is a necessary requirement of business service, penetration test allows obtaining an objective assessment of how easy it is to make unauthorized access to corporate network resources and site of your company in what way and through which vulnerabilities.

Penetration testing service is a partial modeling of the action of the attacker to penetrate your information system. Thus, the ongoing work detects vulnerabilities in the network and, if possible, implements significant penetration, having found vulnerabilities.

We, QA Mentor, are one of the top QA companies that have been offering the best penetration services. We will share a stepwise guide that will give you a complete guide to run successful penetration testing.

How do we conduct a penetration test?  

Step 1: Approval with the customer test mode

Test mode – awareness by the performer about the system under test and the level of awareness of the customer about the conduct penetration test. If nobody knows except for managers of information security about the fact of testing for penetration, the goal is to completely simulate the actions of the attacker, acting most quietly, leaving no trace, it is possible to check not only the security of the IT system but the level of operational readiness of specialists of services of information security and IT. If the skilled services of IS and IT informed of conducting the penetration test, the main task – to detect possible vulnerabilities and to evaluate the possibility of penetration into the system.

Step 2: The signing of the contract

The agreement reflects all of the approved conditions of work, conditions of confidentiality of information obtained in the course of testing, and responsibilities of the parties.

Step 3: Implementation of a penetration test

Penetration tests in the customer’s information system takes at least a month of work for a team of auditors in the field of information security. Tools (scanners) are used only at the stage of preparations for the penetration test, as the tools help only in the trivial cases when the vulnerability is obvious. Within the penetration test, the auditors conduct a full analysis of all details of the studied object, choose the appropriate attack scenarios taking into account the human factor, and may develop unique software to each specific case in an attempt to penetrate into the information system.

The test, as a rule, is corporate network perimeter external IP addresses and/or website. In addition to processing checks, an external penetration test conducts testing of the ability of penetration into an information system using techniques of social engineering by mailing to the email addresses of the users’ specialized form messages. This broadcast is sent on a pre-agreed with the customer a fixed list of email addresses to employees and at a prearranged time. The functionality of the software is strictly limited by the algorithm that is safe for the customer’s information system.

What do you get as a result of penetration testing?

The report provided to the customer on the results of the penetration testing, contains a detailed description of the work performed, all identified system vulnerabilities and ways to implement them. The report also contains specific recommendations for fixing these vulnerabilities.

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