Information Security Management relates to the preservation of information and it’s adjacent IT infrastructure assets against the risks of confidentiality, integrity, availability or repudiation loss. Security Management applies and verifies the controls that an organization should have in place to safeguard its assets any potential threats and help potential stakeholders manage any risks that could arise.
The objective of proper security management is to examine the flow of IT systems. By performing vulnerability management and reviewing internal procedures, a professional and wise security management audit service uncovers security flaws and identifies never-before-addressed risks that could affect your business if they are not properly classified and mitigated.
A penetration test, or the short form pentest, is an attack on a computer system with the intention of finding security weaknesses, potentially gaining access to it, its functionality and data.
The process involves identifying the target systems and the goal, then reviewing the information available and undertaking available means to attain the goal.
A penetration test target may be a white box (where all background and system information is provided), black box (where only basic or no information is provided except the company name) or grey box (where white box & black box tests are conducted). A penetration test can help determine whether a system is vulnerable to attack, if the defenses were sufficient and which defenses (if any) were defeated in the penetration test.
Security issues uncovered through the penetration test are reported to the system’s owner. Penetration test reports may also assess the potential impacts to the organization and suggest countermeasures to reduce risks. Penetration tests are valuable for several reasons:
- Determining the feasibility of a particular set of attack vectors
- Identifying higher-risk vulnerabilities that result from a combination of lower-risk vulnerabilities exploited in a particular sequence
- Identifying vulnerabilities that may be difficult or impossible to detect with automated network or application vulnerability scanning software
- Assessing the magnitude of potential business and operational impacts of successful attacks
- Testing the ability of network defenders to successfully detect and respond to the attacks
- Providing evidence to support increased investments in security personnel and technology
White Box Pentesting
Also known as glass box, structural, clear box and open box testing. This is a testing technique whereby explicit knowledge of the internal workings of the item being tested are used to select the test data. The White Box Testing starts from a point of complete knowledge of the infrastructure to be tested, often including network diagrams, source code, and IP addressing information.
Black Box Pentesting
The Black Box Security Testing has an unique approach and assumes no prior knowledge of the infrastructure to be tested.
Grey Box Pentesting
The Grey Box Testing is a blend of Black Box testing and White Box testing techniques. This multifaceted test results in a comprehensive and highly focused test that cuts down on testing time-frame and budget. Moreover, this approach helps our engineers to learn how your application works and test at both ends whether a suspicious vector of an attack is plausible or not, minimizing False-Positive results.
Penetration Testing is the most efficient approach to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure by safely attempting to exploit system vulnerabilities, including OS, network, service and application flaws, improper configurations, and even risky end-user behavior. Compared with a Vulnerability Assessment (which is part of any Penetration Test), this approach will remove any false-positive results and the mitigation process will be simplified from a technical perspective and from the resource point of view.
Information Security Management relates to the preservation of information and its adjacent IT infrastructure assets against the risks of confidentiality, integrity , availability or repudiation loss. Security Management applies and verifies the controls that an organization should have in place to safeguard its assets any potential threats and help potential stakeholders manage any risks that could arise.
The objective of proper Security Management Service is to examine the flow of IT systems. By performing vulnerability management and reviewing internal procedures, a professional and wise security management audit service uncovers security flaws and identifies never-before-addressed risks that could affect your business if they are not properly classified and mitigated.
Security breaches and any related interruptions in the performance of services or applications, can result in direct financial losses, threaten organizations reputations, erode customer loyalties, attract negative press, and trigger significant fines and penalties. A recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute (2014 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis) reported the average cost of a data breach for the affected company is now $3.5 million. Costs associated with the Sony Play Station Network data breach that occurred in 2012 reached $171 million.
Organizations have traditionally sought to prevent breaches by installing and maintaining layers of defensive security mechanisms, including user access controls, cryptography, IPS, IDS and firewalls. However, the continued adoption of new technologies, including some of these security systems, and the resulting complexity introduced, has made Security Engineers jobs even harder in order to react, protect and eliminate high & critical vulnerabilities in a day to day basis.
Penetration testing evaluates an organization’s ability to protect its networks, applications, endpoints and users from external or internal attempts to circumvent its security controls to gain unauthorized or privileged access to protected assets. Test results validate the risk posed by specific security vulnerabilities or flawed processes, enabling IT management and security professionals to prioritize remediation efforts. By embracing more frequent and comprehensive penetration testing, organizations can more effectively anticipate emerging security risks and prevent unauthorized access to critical systems and valuable information.
- Review the organization’s BIA(Business Impact Assessment)
- Review your IT organizational structure,IT policies, procedures and standards
- Review IT documentation
- Review internal, external and related non-automated controls
- Review vulnerability and patch management processes.
- Identify, classify and mitigate IT risks
Penetration testing should be performed on a regular basis (at least once a year) to ensure more consistent IT and network security management by revealing how newly discovered threats (0-days, 1-days) or emerging vulnerabilities may potentially be assailed by attackers. In addition to regularly scheduled analysis and assessments required by regulatory mandates, tests should also be run whenever:
- New network infrastructure or applications are added
- Significant upgrades or modifications are applied to infrastructure or applications
- New office locations are established
- Security patches are applied
- End user policies are modified
You must keep in mind that if you have security specialists & system administrators in your team, they are not following the ideal channels to be security aware and their reaction to new & very risky vulnerabilities might be limited.
We recommend to get a full Security Management Assessment at least once at 2-3 years but you should keep your policies and vulnerability assessments updated at least once a year or when your infrastructure is updated with new nodes, services or assets.
Of course we can! Our team of specialists will perform some tests and diagnose the problem. Afterwards you will receive a full report and solutions on how to remove it and also how to increase your security level so that you won’t be facing this problems again in the future. Don’t forget that you should consider having a penetration test at least once a year.
YES! Having a Firewall in place that restrict access to your database and/or internal services doesn’t guarantee the fact that your assets will be secured. We usually consider any restriction integrated by a Firewall to be a “Security by Obscurity” mechanism and not by far a real security mitigation approach. Any person that can use a stick in a local network, connect to wifi in your building or access one of your online and public services could also escalate his privileges to obtain sensitive data.
Our team has a lot experience in the Cyber Security field, especially with Penetration Testing. During the last 10 years, we improved our approach in order to remove any situation that might make your companies assets unresponsive. Moreover, each time we have to test something that might affect your availability you’ll be notified and we will act according to your needs.
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Our Security Testing team commits itself to absolute secrecy regarding your confidential data. A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) determining that Security Testing treats a client’s data as confidential is already part of every contract. All customer data, including information that is used to prepare a first quotation, is subject to the same obligation to confidentiality. At the end of a penetration test, all data and possible storage media is either securely destroyed or handed back to the client.