Network Penetration Testing
The primary objective behind a network penetration test is to identify exploitable vulnerabilities in your networks, systems, hosts, and network devices (e.g. switches and routers) before a malicious hacker. Network penetration testing reveals real-world opportunities for hackers to compromise your networks in such a way that allows for unauthorized access to sensitive data… or even take control of your systems for malicious purposes.
Benefits of Network Penetration Testing
A network penetration test provides a number of benefits:
- Identify specific network security flaws present in your environment
- Discover your exposure on the Internet
- Determine false positives and confirm exploitable security vulnerabilities
- Enumerate systems on internal or external network(s)
- Understand the level of risk that vulnerabilities pose to your organization
- Helps address and fix identified network security flaws
Internal vs. External: What’s the difference?
Internal Network Testing
Enumerate systems on the internal (local area) network(s)
External Network Testing
Enumerate systems on the external (public-facing) network(s)
The MainNerve Pen Test Process
MainNerve’s network penetration testing services utilize a comprehensive, risk-based approach to manually identify critical network-centric vulnerabilities that exist on all in-scope networks, systems, and hosts. Our approach is based on the NIST SP 800-115 and 14, Technical Guide to Information Security Testing and Assessment, and our comprehensive methods cover the top classes of vulnerabilities. We will determine the means and processes that an attacker would use to breach your systems and steal data. We use highly-rated commercial tools, such as Metasploit Professional, to perform our tests.
MainNerve performs network penetration testing using the methods detailed in NIST SP 800-115 and 14, Technical Guide to Information Security Testing and Assessment. In order to ensure a sound and comprehensive network penetration test, we leverage industry-standard frameworks as a foundation for carrying out each of our tests. Our methodology includes specific phases with continual reporting throughout the entire process.
After the penetration test, a report will be generated by the hacker that performed the test. The report will outline the vulnerabilities found and provide mitigation strategies to repair them. As part of a comprehensive risk assessment, MainNerve can provide consultants to advise as to how to integrate findings into an Information security plan.
At MainNerve, we consider the Reporting/Delivery phase of our network penetration testing process to be the most important. We take great care to ensure we effectively communicate the value of our service and findings as thoroughly as possible. Our main goal is to ensure that all information is clearly understood and that a roadmap toward remediation/mitigation is crystal clear. A Final Report with MainNerve includes:
- Executive Summary
- Statement of Scope
- Statement of Methodology
- Limitations (if applicable)
- Testing Narrative
- Tools and Uses
- Remediation Recommendations
- Risk Rating
Why should I conduct a network penetration test?
A network penetration test is a simulated attack from the perspective of a malicious hacker. The objective behind a network penetration test is to simulate a cybersecurity attack in an attempt to uncover security vulnerabilities that could potentially be discovered and exploited by a bad actor. Through the network penetration testing process, you gain valuable insight into the security posture of all in-scope assets—enabling you to fix any vulnerabilities before hackers find and exploit them.
How long does it take to conduct a network penetration test?
The overall time it takes to perform a network penetration test depends on the size and complexity of the in-scope network(s). That being said, most tests take little more than a week to complete.
How much does a network penetration test cost?
This question is not easy to answer until some level of scoping has been performed. Overall, the complexity, and number of, the network(s) will ultimately determine its cost. For example, when determining the scope of work, we take into account the following: number of live IP addresses, types of systems, network architecture, etc.
What is the difference between a network penetration test and a vulnerability assessment?
The short answer to this question involves exploitation and post-exploitation. Vulnerability assessments do not involve exploitation; however, will provide a complete listing of all vulnerabilities and risk ratings within the customer’s specified IP/URL range. Conversely, penetration testing goes well beyond a vulnerability assessment and delves into exploitation and post-exploitation phases.
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