Identify Security Gaps With Pen Tests

August 22, 2023

Pen tests can be an invaluable way to identify security gaps and vulnerabilities in your IT infrastructure, helping you prioritize cyber risks and address deficiencies proactively before they are exploited by hackers.

As cyber attacks increase in frequency and sophistication, organizations face pressure to maintain adequate cybersecurity defenses against attackers by regularly testing them.

Security Testing

Pen Testing to Uncover Security Gaps

Pen testing (also referred to as security testing or pen testing) is an integral component of maintaining an organization’s security posture, helping businesses identify weaknesses in their systems that could allow attackers to gain entry and launch destructive attacks against critical information or resources.

Many organizations require regular penetration tests to proactively protect themselves from security breaches and cyberattacks, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements such as PCI DSS and HIPAA.

Penetration tests aim to identify vulnerabilities and weak points within an organization’s network, applications, devices, and infrastructure that could compromise it if left unnoticed – this allows gaps to be quickly addressed before becoming major problems.

Methods used for security testing typically include static code analysis, web application security testing, API security testing and physical pen tests. These techniques help companies protect their networks and applications against potential threats while serving to ensure that a product’s security features function properly during development.

Static code analysis is an excellent way of discovering bugs within applications’ source codes and architecture, and by engaging skilled manual testers who understand their purpose.

SAST can detect vulnerabilities not only within application source code but also within its configurations that govern its environment of execution, including settings and permissions that determine who has access to which databases, files or APIs.

SAST can assist companies in preventing data breaches and malware outbreaks in the future, while simultaneously helping detect and resolve errors before they become an issue.

Pen testing can also be applied to cloud environments, such as containerized applications. Cloud environments often pose different types of risks than on-premises systems, including misconfigurations and vulnerabilities that could be exploited at scale.

No matter the approach, it is vitally important to perform thorough testing of both an application’s code and configuration settings in order to detect vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. This testing process can be accomplished via both manual and automated techniques.

Network Testing

Network testing can help identify security gaps by highlighting vulnerabilities in your network that hackers could exploit, helping prevent security breaches while improving employee and customer experiences.

Also, network optimization services can assist with streamlining the functioning of your network and ensure it functions optimally, saving both time and money over time.

When conducting network testing, it is essential that various tools are used in order to ensure accurate and consistent testing protocols. Such tools can detect issues before they arise and alert administrators as soon as acceptable limits have been breached.

These tools can be beneficial in any network environment – from small business networks to enterprise-grade systems. They allow users to record uplink and downlink speeds, check data throughput and jitter, as well as determine whether their network is operating efficiently and quickly enough for their needs.

Pen tests can also help your network’s security by simulating cyberattacks to reveal any weaknesses that would allow unauthorized individuals access and steal sensitive data from it.

These tests can also help identify areas in which your organization may be vulnerable to security threats, such as open ports or weak passwords. Furthermore, these assessments will allow you to determine whether it complies with industry standards and regulations.

Setting up and managing a test environment may be challenging, but there are numerous tools that can assist with network tests – some are free and easily downloaded.

NetDoctor is a client-server tool used to generate network traffic and assess performance, suitable for both wired and wireless connections, which supports UDP/TCP data transfer protocols as well as multiple streams emulating real world network conditions and more.

Intruder, an advanced network vulnerability scanner, is another popular tool used for network security analysis and protection. With Intruder you can detect security flaws and weaknesses in critical networks with ease while taking advantage of its many other features to keep them protected.

Software Testing

Software development takes both time and money. Aiming for high quality results that satisfy client requirements is key in this regard.

Software testing plays a pivotal role in meeting this objective, helping detect defects early and save both time and money for development teams.

Software testing helps enhance quality and increase customer trust and confidence – leading to increased revenue and loyalty from customers.

Software testing is an integral component of software development life cycle and should be done regularly for product reliability and trustworthiness. Testing involves performing various tests on an application in order to detect any failures at any stage if it should occur; testers will be able to quickly locate and address them as soon as they occur.

Pen Tests help identify security gaps within systems and software applications. Conducted by trained experts, these assessments identify any security vulnerabilities present and help strengthen product security.

Tests can either be static or dynamic depending on the needs of a project. Static tests simply check for functionality while dynamic ones run a separate operating system to detect any possible problems within it.

An essential component of any business, web applications are crucial tools in keeping operations secure and safe from cyber threats worldwide. A security test should be run regularly to make sure they remain reliable.

This test is essential in identifying all security risks in web applications, from vulnerabilities and threats to vulnerabilities and gaps that must be filled in order for developers and security experts to plug these holes.

Manual or automated, testing should be carried out by an experienced test engineer in a team which has no preconceived bias towards results; that way, tests will take place without compromise or bias toward any specific result.

Infrastructure Testing

Businesses spend significant resources testing applications and infrastructure, but infrastructure often goes neglected or under-tested.

Infrastructure testing is an integral component of testing as it helps identify security gaps and ensure your systems operate as planned. Testing infrastructure can help reduce downtime costs as well as identify vulnerabilities that could result in breaches.

Infrastructure testing takes on many forms; for instance, penetration testing (pen testing), cloud testing and client side penetration testing.

Pen Tests are a form of security testing which involves breaking into systems using exploits known to work and are usually done within the business’s IT infrastructure. They may take between six weeks and $25,000 to complete.

Pen tests can be an invaluable way to identify security gaps in your infrastructure, and make all employees aware of any possible threats to their data if your company stores any sensitive material on its computers.

Cloud testing is another type of infrastructure testing, designed to ensure an application will function appropriately across a range of cloud environments. This ensures no scalability or performance issues arise for your users and that they are able to access what they require when needed.

Cloud testing can also be used to ensure compatibility of an application with new servers or data centers, which is especially helpful when planning infrastructure changes in an organization, since it ensures all changes will work seamlessly and conform with current systems.

Maintaining test environments of various versions can be time consuming as there must be specific links and configurations for all these environments.

Ammar Fakhruddin

ABOUT AUTHOR

Ammar brings in 18 years of experience in strategic solutions and product development in Public Sector, Oil & Gas and Healthcare organizations. He loves solving complex real world business and data problems by bringing in leading-edge solutions that are cost effective, improve customer and employee experience. At Propelex he focuses on helping businesses achieve digital excellence using Smart Data & Cybersecurity solutions.


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