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Objective-Based Penetration Testing (OBPT)


The Objective-Based Penetration Test (OBPT) is a bundle that includes our thorough Infrastructure Penetration Testing service offering. OBPT adds context and specific testing for  more goal-oriented security. Define your goals, such as gaining access to your most critical data or domain admin, and our ethical hackers will provide a narrative of how an attack was carried out and the methods used. This will enable your in-house team to identify and address any security vulnerabilities. OBPT is a comprehensive penetration test that includes adversary simulation for added security assistance.

What you'll get:
  • Social engineering scoped to your preferences (phishing, vishing, tailgating, device drops)

  • Active directory assessment to identify weaknesses in passwords and configurations

  • Ransomware assessment that will identify potential impacts of a ransomware attack with the current configuration and security controls

  • A thorough penetration test across your infrastructure

Why conduct Objective-Based Penetration Testing?

Answer the "what if"
  • Identify how far a compromised credential can take an attacker. We test captured credentials against externally exposed assets as part of our phishing (e.g., emails, VPNs, and management portals)

  • Test end-point anti-malware capability against ransomware propagation techniques to identify if your controls are capable and configured correctly

Attack narrative
  • Set specific goals you would like the ethical hacker to target within your environment (including people)

  • Narratives are constructed to demonstrate the business impact of the objective being completed and helps senior leadership understand risks without the technical jargon.

Coverage-based approach
  • Leverage the Infrastructure Penetration Test results to target the achieved objectives that are then chained back to the respective findings to connect the dots

  • Identify threats to a single compromised password or internal end-point

Reduce the risk of a breach with an objective-based approach

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Secure information

Approach an objective from all angles to ensure that information remains secure.

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Accurate simulation

We simulate the attacks launched by a malicious party, both internally and externally.

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Detailed report after testing period

Attack narratives outline how a particular objective was obtained.

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Strategic security recommendations

High-level assessment with recommendations to improve security posture.

What People Say About Us

Adam B.

During the test the engineer assigned to our case would notify us of any high-priority findings with detailed explanations of the risks right away. They were also quickly responsive to our emails during the test.

- Adam B.
  V.P. Engineering


PacketLabs gives the partner peace of mind and reassurance that their cybersecurity needs taken care of. Their team is full of experts who go above and beyond the scope of the engagement.

- Anonymous
  Director of IT


The result report was easy to follow and insightful, with recommendations on risk exposure and remediation. We would definitely recommend working with PacketLabs.

- Charlene
  Small Business Owner


Our experience with Packetlabs was very positive. They offer excellent service, communicated clearly with us throughout the process, and were very accomodating regarding our timelines. We highly recommend Packetlabs.

- Anonymous
  Human Resources

Ian W.

Since engaging Packetlabs, we've been confident in our ability to bid for Pentest engagements no matter the scenario, environment or requirement - they've made the whole process of scoping, quoting, and delivering (on time and on budget) seamless.

- Ian W.
  Security Sales Specialist


They shared the results with us in a management report. We discussed all the findings and how we could fix them in meetings, and they also provided us with optional solutions. They did everything remotely.

- Anonymous
  IT Infrastructure Manager


The team worked quickly to identify any issues, write up reports, and offer recommendations. Their friendliness set them apart and made them more of a partner than merely a service provider.

- Anonymous
  IT Director


Thanks to Packetlabs Ltd.'s excellent cybersecurity efforts, the company was able to resolve its vulnerabilities and establish its secure VPN tunnel. Their responsiveness and diligence were hallmarks of their work.

- Anonymous


After performing extensive tests, Packetlabs Ltd. produced a thorough report that explained any potential security flaws. Accommodating schedule changes, the team supported effective collaboration.

- Anonymous
  Project Manager, ECEBC


Packetlabs Ltd. successfully identified new and preexisting issues, making it easy for the client to resolve them. The team often went above and beyond to explore issues further and provide valuable information for the client.

- Anonymous
  Sr Director Technology


From the first phone call to the tech interview and progress updates, they have demonstrated a complete understanding of our needs, are very proactive and responsive, and have clear communication.

- Anonymous
  Small Business Owner


Packetlabs Ltd. delivered exactly as requested, meeting the objectives of the project. Not only was the team able to complete the analysis quickly, but they were also open and honest throughout the entire process.

- Anonymous
  VP Engineering & Founder

OBPT Service Highlights

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Get a thorough infrastructure penetration test

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Social Engineering

Choose one, or all of the following: phishing, vishing, tailgating, and device drops.

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Device Planting

Test how your facility's network would respond to a new device being connected

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Application Testing

Can include application penetration testing

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E-mail Phishing

Identify where an attacker may be able to exploit a credential or an endpoint

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Test physical controls to see if anyone can get on-site to your facilities

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Test your wireless configuration and password

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USB Device Drops

Determine whether a user would plug in an unknown USB to their computer

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Card Cloning

Test your access badges for replay attacks and cloning

Objective-Based vs Infrastructure Penetration Testing

Objective-Based Penetration Testing

Infrastructure Penetration Testing

Foundational Assessment



Network Security



System Hardening



OS and 3rd Party Patching



Authentication Attacks



Cryptography Attacks



Email Phishing



Ransomware Assessment



Active Directory Audit



Active Directory Password Audit



Antivirus Bypass



Adversary Simulation



Physical Security Attacks



Social Engineering (Phone/In-Person)



Download Resources

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OBPT Sample Report

Packetlabs’ OBPT methodology evaluates the security controls across people, processes and technology in order to identify potential areas of weakness.

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OBPT Methodology

Simulate real-world, covert, goal-oriented attacks to answer the 'what if' of how far a compromised credential can take an attacker.

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Penetration Testing Buyer's Guide

Download our buyer’s guide to learn everything you need to know to successfully plan, scope and execute your penetration testing projects.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Objective-based Penetration Test, and at what stage is the organization ready for this approach?


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