A penetration test, or the short form pen test, is a “ethical” attack on an Information System with the intention of finding security weaknesses, potentially gaining access to it, its functionality and data. Penetration testing is not simply checking for un-patched systems with an automated scanning tool, that is a vulnerability scan. This is a test of the security posture, and capabilities of the target organization’s cyber security team.
Below are some benchmarks to meet while testing.
- The ability for the target to detect and respond to information gathering
- The ability for the target to detect and respond to footprinting
- The ability for the target to detect and respond to scanning and vulnerability analysis
- The ability for the target to detect and respond to infiltration (attacks)
- The ability for the target to detect and respond to data aggregation
- The ability for the target to detect and respond to data ex-filtration
Penetration testing should be goal oriented, you’re testing to identify specific vulnerabilities that lead to a compromise of the business or mission objectives of the target.
Penetration testing is about identifying risk that will adversely impact your organization.
The primary goal should be based around the impact to the target organization if you were compromised. Not compliance this would be a secondary goal.
Compliance does not equal secure. Target, Home-Depot, Jimmy Johns, Sony Pictures, [INSERT_NEW_VICTOM_HERE]… The list just keeps growing. You don’t want organization on this list.
For best results, you should test from all angles, not just the typical “from the Internet only”. For some reason a handful of clients always want a pen test “from the outside only”. They mainly think the threat is only going come from the Internet, and they think that this is the only way in from “outside”. What about your lobby IP phone with the extra switch port just waiting for someone to connect to. As an attacker, why would I waist time trying get in through the firewall if your back door is wide open. Most attacks come from within, disgruntled employee, guest on the network, or even the college intern that does nothing but social media all day. Not only from malicious users on the inside, even the best intentioned employee may bring their personal laptop in to use on lunch break and who knows what type of worm this person may have on a non-company asset. So if a test is done from the inside, and all discovered vulnerabilities from the inside are mitigated (all will never be mitigated) it’s going to make it that much harder directly from the Internet. Don’t be crunchy on the outside and all gooey on the inside. A Defense in Depth approach is always the best approach.
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