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Black-Box Pen Testing Solutions

Sanjiv Cherian

Sanjiv Cherian, Cyber Security Director
Jul 01, 2023

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Fortify your digital assets with our black-box penetration testing services and gain access to a world-class cyber security team who meticulously scans for vulnerabilities before they are exploited. As one of the best pen testing companies, we cover all network systems, applications and physical security components.

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Why Businesses Need Black-Box Penetration Testing

A Black-box pen test examines a system or network by simulating external factors to identify any vulnerabilities that attackers could target. During this evaluation, the pen tester aims to assess the system's security posture without prior knowledge or access to internal details. Microminder’s black-box penetration testing services empower you to analyse the potential impact on your business and critical operations using advanced cybersecurity tools. This is so that you can take decisive steps to bolster your security by pinpointing weak spots.

Another reason your business requires a black-box pen test is compliance. In an era where regulatory compliance is paramount, our services facilitate adherence to industry benchmarks and help build stakeholder trust. Also, we enable businesses to implement appropriate and effective controls tailored to their unique business needs. This proactive approach protects your assets and safeguards your brand reputation.

Common Black-Box Pen Testing Techniques

Fuzzing: This ingenious technique probes web interfaces for absent input validations by injecting a mix of random and meticulously crafted data, often called 'noise'. By observing how the program reacts to this noise, fuzzing aims to uncover erratic behaviours indicative of inadequate input checks.

Syntax testing: This method involves feeding the system with malformed information, such as misplaced elements or illegal delimiters. The goal is to discern how the system copes with inputs that stray from the expected syntax.

Exploratory testing: This approach has no predefined assessment plan or desired outcome. Instead, the results or anomalies of one test inform the next steps. In black-box pen testing, this can be invaluable as an unexpected discovery might redefine the entire testing strategy.

Data analysis: This entails scrutinising the data produced by the target application to gain insights into the target's internal workings. Hence helping testers understand its functions and potential vulnerabilities.

Test scaffolding: This strategy employs tools to automate specific evaluations, unveiling critical aspects of program behaviour that might elude manual screening. Test scaffolding typically includes debugging tools, performance monitors, and test management utilities, which collectively enhance the depth and breadth of the testing.

Digital Assets You can Protect with our Black-Box Penetration Assessments

A black-box penetration test evaluates your live application while running, which is why it is also called Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST). Conducting a black-box penetration test is highly effective for assessing the security of your external resources, including:

  • Web applications
  • SaaS applications
  • Networks
  • Firewalls
  • Routers
  • VPNs, IDS/IPS systems
  • Web servers
  • Application servers
  • Database servers, and more

It's important to note that black-box penetration testing is not a substitute for a comprehensive security assessment. However, it is valuable in examining the application from the perspective of either an end-user or an attacker.

Microminder's 5 Step Black-Box Penetration Testing Methodology

  1. Reconnaissance
    In this initial phase, our pen testers collect essential data about the target system. This treasure trove of information can include IP addresses, email addresses, employee details, websites, and exposed weak points. It is similar to assembling puzzle pieces to get a clearer picture of the target landscape.
  2. Scanning and Enumeration
    We then delve deeper and try to unearth additional details about the target, such as the types of software in use, operating systems, versions, user accounts, and roles. It is about peeling back the layers to reveal the inner workings of the target system.
  3. Vulnerability Discovery
    Armed with the information gathered, Microminder’s ethical hackers aim to discover public vulnerabilities within the target systems and networks. This includes scouring for known Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in the system, versions, or third-party applications the target utilises.
  4. Exploitation
    Our cybersecurity experts then construct malicious requests or employ social engineering tactics to exploit the identified vulnerabilities. The objective is to penetrate the system’s defences and reach its core through the most efficient path.
  5. Privilege Escalation
    Once inside, we seek to escalate access to gain unfettered control over the system and its database.

Benefits of Microminder's Black-Box Pen Testing Services

At Microminder, we are committed to delivering exceptional pen testing services through a meticulously crafted process.

  • Swift onboarding and tailored discussions: Our seasoned cybersecurity experts will engage with you in detailed discussions to grasp the nuances of your project. Understanding your bespoke needs is paramount, and this culminates in a proposal sign-off that defines the scope and objectives of the engagement.
  • Prerequisites and penetration testing: Before diving into the testing, we furnish you with a checklist to ensure the process is as seamless and efficient as possible. Our security specialists then take the reins, conducting exhaustive assessments employing state-of-the-art tools to probe and evaluate your network.
  • In-Depth reporting and remediation support: As the testing phase concludes, we provide comprehensive reports that shed light on the vulnerabilities uncovered, coupled with astute analysis of their potential implications. But our support doesn’t end there; we stand by you in addressing these vulnerabilities by offering remediation assistance. This holistic approach ensures that you are not just aware of the chinks in your armour but are equipped to boost your security posture.

Choose Microminder: Your Trusted Black-Box Penetration Testing Partner

At Microminder, we understand the value of your business and are dedicated to shielding it from cyber threats. With a rich legacy spanning four decades of global service, we have consistently delivered innovative solutions to businesses of all scales worldwide. Our team is a formidable assembly of seasoned industry veterans passionately committed to neutralising cybersecurity threats and fortifying the digital realm.

Whether you are a business owner, manager, or an individual vigilant about online security, we are your trusted partner that helps you navigate complex cybersecurity challenges. Our approach is growth-oriented and commercially focused, designed to deliver concrete results.

Moreover, we pride ourselves on providing services that are not only affordable and dependable but also tailored to your unique needs. Each project is assigned dedicated security analysts, ensuring personalised pen black-box testing services. Entrust your cybersecurity needs to Microminder and experience the peace of mind that comes with partnering with an industry leader.

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