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What is infrastructure penetration testing?

Infrastructure penetration testing, also known as pentesting, is an essential part of an organisation's cybersecurity needs.

Even with the best security software and defence systems in place, astute hackers with malicious intent may still be able to access your network.

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Pen test goals

Professional penetration testing services use ethical hacking methods to expose:

Microminder performs comprehensive white box, black box and grey box penetration tests safely and discretely. After network penetration testing, we provide actionable insights to help you fix security gaps and develop effective countermeasures.

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When to conduct infrastructure penetration testing?

You can never perform too many infrastructure penetration tests, however, an annual network penetration test is usually adequate.

However, some situations call for more frequent penetration testing such as when your plan to:

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    Develop custom applications

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    Upgrade or install new infrastructure or applications

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    Install or update security patches

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    Modify internal end-user policies and procedures

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    Comply with industry security standards

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    Compete for lucrative corporate contracts

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    Enhance business growth through mergers or acquisitions

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    Launch innovative products or services

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    Relocate or expand business offices locations

This is a crucial first step as it lays out the criteria, test parameters and measurable deliverables of the test. We thoroughly consult your tech teams on all levels to understand your requirements and perceived threats. This information then guides our action plan to achieve the desired outcomes and goals.

During the information gathering stage, we conduct an in-depth investigation of your systems and the procedures your current security measures react to breaches. By understanding the workings of your internal and external networks, we can identify critical weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

As we perform internal penetration testing, we gather information such as your network topology, employee credentials, physical entry points to servers, organisational structure, and your current cybersecurity systems.

External pen testing involves looking for issues that include flaws in your firewall and collecting the domain names of web and email servers as well as any public IPs. We also analyse your company website for opportunities for SQL injection and the level of DDoS protection. Because this recon is time-consuming, the sooner you begin using pen testing services, the sooner you will be protected.

After the reconnaissance stage, our pen-test team has a good idea of the vulnerabilities in your system. These are the weak points we will exploit during the actual test stage.

Through event visualisation and analysis, we then decide on the most effective tools to infiltrate your systems and communicate how such actions will affect your systems during the test period. We aim to cause minimal disruption; therefore, there needs to be a documented agreement between IT department heads and pentest teams.

This is the point at which the pen-test team will infiltrate the infrastructure and exploit the vulnerabilities identified during scanning. We test the response of your defence software and in-house security systems.

We also test how easy it is to escalate and grant maximum privileges and how deep a hacker can go into the system. This is a crucial part of any pentesting service as it gives the business a clear picture of the consequences of a breach.

Finally, our security team analyses the penetration test results and fully describe the testing process. This is probably the most important step that involves remediation and customised reporting that includes findings, such as:

  • MCSLVulnerabilities discovered during the reconnaissance stage
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  • MCSLPrivileges acquired and level of infiltration
  • MCSLIncident response measures from existing security systems
  • MCSLAmount of time taken to breach the network
  • MCSLPossible repercussions to the organisation if a similar attack was executed

We bring intelligence and mindset together.

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