Our consultants are trained to follow our own specialized security testing methodology based on industry standards primarily aligned with NIST SP800-115 to ensure compliance with most regulatory requirements, but are also fine-tuned to fulfill the needs of each individual client’s security concerns. The reason for this organizational-specific testing methodology is to create an effective attack plan that produces data results that are valuable, but also have a high-level of validity associated with them. False-positive results are a waste of time for everyone involved. Our consultants take the time to create POCs (proof of concepts) that are easy to understand and follow, but also show exactly how we came to the results, so our clients can use this information to mitigate the vulnerabilities and create a more secure infrastructure.
An example of a security testing process used in our infrastructure testing includes:
During this stage, our consultants will take the time to do reconnaissance on your organization to discover every possible detail that can be utilized. This can include online services, exposed portal systems, published documents, social media, identifying valid employee accounts and more. Collecting this information can be used to help create a custom phishing attack as most attackers will use this information to boost their attack efforts.
Discovery and Vulnerability Scanning
Next, a comprehensive manual and automated testing process will occur utilizing various commercial automated scanning tools & technologies while combining manual custom vulnerability testing techniques to identify, fingerprint and validate findings. Multiple attack areas and vulnerabilities will be evaluated in the stage. Our consultants are not satisfied until every potential attack path has been considered.
Once the vulnerabilities have been identified, the consultant will utilize this opportunity to exploit them. This requires the testing team to creatively circumvent defensive measures that may try to prevent the exploitation from being successful (e.g. Anti-virus). Our consultant will test the areas of confidentiality, integrity, and in some cases, availability to verify that the vulnerability is actually exploitable. Attempts to escalate privileges, gain unauthorized access, and laterally move across the network will be explored.
After all the results and data have been collected, our team will create an industry-leading comprehensive report that is custom tailored to our clients. The report contains an executive summary with a high-level overview of the critical issues identified, the methodologies we used to conduct the test, the scope of the assessment, a technical finding section that describes each of the findings, with steps to reproduce, evidence where required, and steps on how to remediate the vulnerability. Finally, the report is concluded with a unique list of strategic and tactical security recommendations, and appendices are included when necessary.