What is PenTest?
PenTest- Penetration Testing- is a proactive and authorized method of evaluating the security of a IT infrastructure by safely attempting to exploit system vulnerabilities, including OS, service and application error, inappropriate configurations, and precarious end-user actions. It's done by simulating an attack from malicious outsiders (un-authorized users) and malicious insiders (users who have certain level of authorized access). The process is also useful in validating the effectiveness of defensive mechanisms, as well as end-users adherence to security policies.
Tests are typically performed using manual or automated technologies to systematically compromise servers, endpoints, web apps, wireless networks, network devices, mobile devices and other potential points of exposure. Effective penetration tests will proffer information about security vulnerabilities and presented to organizations to help them make strategic conclusions and prioritize related remediation efforts. This information with an accurate assessment of the potential impacts to the organization will outline a range of technical and procedural countermeasures to reduce risks.
The fundamental purpose of PenTest is to measure the feasibility of systems or end-user compromise and evaluate any related consequences such incidents may have on the involved resources or operations.
Benefits if PenTest
Penetration testing offers many benefits, allowing you to:
- Intelligently manage vulnerabilities
- Avoid the cost of network downtime
- Meet regulatory requirements and avoid fines
- Preserve corporate image and customer loyalty
- Protect business partner relationships
- Justify security investments
Why Perform PenTest?
"...our infrastructure is secure, we don't need PenTest!"
Penetration tests are valuable for several reasons:
- Security breaches and service interruptions are costly and AVOIDABLE!
- It is impossible to safeguard all information, ALL THE TIME!
- Pentest identifies and prioritize security risks
- PenTest determines the feasibility of a particular set of attack vectors
- Identify risk, vulnerabilities and particular sequence
- Identify vulnerabilities that may be difficult or impossible to detect with automated network or application vulnerability scanning software
- Tests the ability of network defenders to successfully detect and respond to attacks
PenTests are a component of a full security audit. For example, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and security and auditing standard, requires both annual and ongoing penetration testing (after system changes).
When should Pentest be performed?
Penetration testing should be performed on a regular basis to ensure more consistent IT and network security management. Regular scheduled analysis and assessments are also 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
- Protect business partner relationships
- End user policies are modified
Who should perform PenTest?
Soft Solutions Limited (SSL) is the trusted market leader of information security services that delivers enterprise-class protection and compliance for businesses of any size.
SSL is keen to help organizations realize better ROI on their IT investment. We have achieved a high level of competence in this area by serving our clients in the Manufacturing, Telecom, Public Sector, Banking, Financial and other industries for over a decade and half. We ensure that IT solutions are optimally aligned with business goals.
With more than twenty engineers certified in Microsoft, Citrix, Cisco, IBM, Electra Card Services, and Siebel, amongst others, SSL is well equipped to offer Professional Services for a wide range of technology and business applications. As an ISO 9000 certified company, SSL follows the best IT practices and processes and delivers projects to customers within their budget. We have PMP® certified professionals who devise processes that are repeatable and thereby deliver projects with predictable quality at much lower costs.
Through our cost-effective security-as-a-software (SaaS) platform, SSL also offers the most comprehensive compliance, security and messaging services that include but aren’t limited to: Firewall management and monitoring, Vulnerability scanning, Intrusion detection and prevention, Hosted email, Encrypted email, and Email archiving.
The SSL PenTest Process
- Vulnerability Identification
- Exploitation and Launching of Attacks
- DOS(Denial of Service)
It is important to perform DOS testing to ensure the safety of certain systems. If an attacker takes down your system during busy or peak hours, both you and your customer can incur a significant financial loss.
Why Soft Solutions Limited (SSL)?
Soft Solutions Limited (SSL) founded in 1994, has emerged as one of the leading IT solutions and consulting companies in Nigeria.
SSL helps customers address enterprise challenges by providing comprehensive solutions that combines innovative models and technologies with passion to solve business problems.
We deliver technology solutions that are cost effective, easy to use and adaptive to enable next level growth. Our solutions provide the platform for an agile ICT environment that drives an organization towards set objectives. They instantly transform any organization and deliver visible return on Investment. At SSL, we are pragmatic consultants who bring an implementation perspective to all our work. We realize that elegant solutions are meaningless unless they can be translated into sustainable business value.