What is Penetration Testing?
Penetration testing (pen-testing, pentest) is an advanced method of assessing security of a computer system or network by simulating an attack from a malicious or dangerous source.
The goal of penetration test is to ensure that an organization´s network infrastructure and servers are secure. It can significantly help to safeguard against many network security threats, including financial compromise, damage to reputation, business risk exposure, unwanted legal issues and loss of internet presence.
Red Riding Hood Consulting combines both manual and automated techniques to ensure your sensitive data is properly protected and that compliance requirements are being met.
Once a penetration test is completed we will provide a detailed report which includes assessment of the security of your business, description of the vulnerabilities and recommendations on how to remediate the issues that may be detected during the test.
Benefits of Penetration Testing
- Protection from potential network and server attacks and hacking
- Detailed discovery of system weaknesses with a detailed analysis and a how-to-fix recovery plan
- Prevent costly network downtime
- Protect confidentially, integrity and availability of data.
- Provide and maintain trust and confidence between you and your customer base
- Meet regulatory requirements and avoid fines
Penetration Testing vs. Vulnerability Scanning
Penetration testing and vulnerability scanning are powerful tools for monitoring and improvement of information security programs. There are some key differences between them:
- Where a penetration test focuses on emulating specific threat actors and actions in order to seek out the resultant impact and risk, a vulnerability assessment does not.
- In vulnerability scanning the goal is to identify potential vulnerabilities. The goal of a penetration test is to identify the issue.
- Where a vulnerability scan can be automated, a penetration test requires various levels of tester expertise.
- Ideally, vulnerability scans should be run continuously while penetration tests occur once a year.