Ethical Hacking – The Need for Penetration Testing
Today’s increasingly sophisticated IT security attacks can take many forms and can have serious consequences. Businesses can be robbed of confidential information and intellectual property; military and national security operations can be compromised; and the systems that control critical infrastructure such as power grids, water treatment plants and telecommunications networks can be disrupted.
Intrusion or penetration tests simulate a real attack against your infrastructure in a controlled environment, allowing our certified consultants to evaluate your system’s capacity to prevent such an attack. They are carried out employing the same techniques as an attacker located outside your infrastructure and verify, without revealing too much information on your environment,
- if your servers or applications will resist hostile attacks, and
- if the identified vulnerabilities can lead to further intrusion and exploitation.
Alpen Technology Group intrusion tests enable you to understand your current security posture, and provide you with recommendations on how to improve your defense against technological vulnerabilities that can lead to intrusions, fraud and service interruptions.
Above Security Penetration Testing Services
Penetration testing includes network penetration testing and application security testing as well as controls and processes around the networks and applications. This should occur from both outside and inside the network. Above Security utilizes components from several different testing frameworks including:
- Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
- Penetration Testing Executive Standards (PTES)
- Open Source Security Testing Methodology (OSSTM)
- Control frameworks such as ISO 27001 and Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT)
- Architecture models such as The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF).
The final result of the intrusion test is a detailed report that includes all the findings of the test as well as the countermeasures and recommendations to secure your IT infrastructure. The report documents the following elements:
The security level of the servers as perceived by an attacker.
The security breaches, vulnerabilities, as well as countermeasures and corrective actions to be applied.
All testing activities and raw scan data are also provided alongside the final deliverable as report appendixes and supporting documents.
If serious vulnerabilities are discovered in the course of this evaluation, Above Security’s consultants will provide you with an interim report.
Penetration Testing from Alpen Technology Group protects your business and provides many benefits including:
Manage Vulnerabilities Using Greater Intelligence – Understand your vulnerabilities by gaining insight into why they occur and how to remove them. Analyze and rank exploitable weaknesses based on potential impact and likelihood of occurrence.
Reduce Costs Associated with Network Downtime – Avoid network downtime and the costs associated to it by discovering vulnerabilities and eliminating them.
Preserve Corporate Image and Customer Loyalty – Any downtime or missteps can be harmful to an organization’s image. Penetration testing finds vulnerabilities before they become problems.
Improved Compliance – Ensure you are in compliance with customer and shareholder requirements, regulations and standards. We can help you comply with major regulations such as SOX,PCI, NERC/ CIP, SAS70/SSAE16, HIPAA, ISO, and more.
Why Alpen Technology Group?
Leading Edge Tools and Techniques – Alpen Technology Group penetration testing uses tools and techniques that are constantly updated to include all known threats and risks.
Proven Methodology – Our team members use practical approaches, proven in the information security realm. Alpen Technology Group follows a systematic methodology to conduct penetration testing and we ensure the proposed test approach and risks are understood prior to any testing.
A True Security Practitioner – As a true security practitioner, we can show you how penetration testing services map to critical areas of security – risk management, IT governance, threat modeling, and the software development lifecycle to help you navigate your security roadmap to ensure success in your projects and goals.
Real World Business Advice – Alpen Technology Group goes beyond automated tests and reports and provides real threats that are relevant to the application and the industry rather than note adherence to a generic standard.
Knowledgeable Professionals – Our industry certified security experts are able to provide you with practical threat analysis and mitigation recommendations, as well as strategies and options based on your industry, company size, budget and risk tolerance. Alpen Technology Group employees have real industry experience that allows them to understand your needs and limits, providing you with practical, knowledgeable advice and guidance.