Network Penetration Testing – NPT

Network Penetration Testing 

A real world attack in simulated form against your network set up intended to figure out vulnerabilities and risks that may jeopardise the confidentiality, rectitude and availability of your data is what is known as Network Penetration Testing. A network penetration testing target is either a black box testing or a white box testing. In case of the former background & even system information is available while nothing barring the company name is obtainable when it comes to the latter & hence the names. It is imperative to undergo a network penetration testing in a regular manner if your business domain is storing delicate and sensitive data especially of the likes of PDC or PHI.

Network Penetration Testing is also known commonly by the names of “ethical hacking”, “intrusion detection” and “red teaming”.

A fine line of distinction exists between a vulnerability assessment or automated vulnerability scan and a Network Penetration Testing (NPT) in the sense that the security analyst’s mode of operation is hands on as he actively attempts to root out the vulnerabilities. After that in order to gain access to sensitive data &/or infringe your system  those vulnerabilities are exploited so that your company (organization) is fully aware of the tit bits of the prevalent security condition of your network, how it might have been affected and up to what magnitude they are at peril.

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Network Penetration Testing can be broadly categorised into two. They are:

  • External Network Penetration Testing
  • Internal Network Penetration Testing

A company can go for either of the two depending upon its business needs. However, there can be circumstances also where a company would need both. Both the tests give a detail picture of a company’s risk exposure from two different viewpoints.

Public sources & social media are brought into account while going for an external network penetration test where the attacks of an external attacker are imitated by our experts at Indian Cyber Security Solutions with zero access to the network’s internal information.

In an internal penetration test, it is a different ball game altogether. Here the attacks are simulated from within already assuming the scenario that an attacker has broken into without authorization.


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The reasons for conducting vulnerability testing in your business

Vulnerability testing is of utmost importance & significance for your business in more ways than one. The way of identifying & quantifying vulnerabilities in a system is known as vulnerability testing or in other words vulnerability assessment and also sometimes as vulnerability analysis.

Although preventive measures in the form of cryptography, IPS, IDS, user access controls, firewalls, etc. are deployed by organizations but as the number and kind of vulnerabilities get increased literally everyday it is not possible to stay safeguarded against all of them. These attacks are ever evolving in terms of their technical and social sophistication, so too in their overall automation. Network Penetration Testing works as a very effective tool in this respect. What vulnerability testing also does is that it helps immensely in prioritizing vulnerabilities. It helps in distinguishing between the high risks vulnerabilities from the lesser ones making the task a lot easier. Vulnerability testing & Network Penetration Testing are very much inter-related in the sense that the former helps in finding out the vulnerabilities & the latter in removing them. At the conclusion of the test a thorough genuine report is presented to the company containing the minutes of the security issues uncovered during the course of the test. This test is of utmost importance as it makes the security loopholes of your network full proof so that you and your company don’t suffer from setbacks losing your clients’ faith in your services and also distracting other clients to rely upon your organization’s abilities in the future. To add to it there is also the financial pitfalls and the cost of network downtime that can be avoided with ease when network penetration testing is conducted on a regular basis. So do give us an opportunity and verify for yourself how we keep your company’s network secured all the time & all the way.

 

Best practices to be followed for a secured network – Network Penetration Testing

Maintaining a secure network infrastructure and application atmosphere is the fundamental reason to undergo Network Penetration Testing besides some other many useful & important reasons as well. So be on the guard all the time with an unsurpassed protection from our highly skilled and vastly experienced pool of hotshots at Indian Cyber Security Solutions. Some of the best practices to a secure network as suggested and practiced by our experts at ICSS are as under:

  • Company should have a macro & holistic view about their network so as to facilitate daily device management besides having a comprehensive control over it.
  • Simulating attacks for context-aware risk assessments.
  • Maintenance of security patches & updating them regularly.
  • Secure change management is a must so that complete compliance can be maintained.
  • Creating a data breach response plan.
  • Educating & training the users.
  • Creating regular backups
  • Using encryption
  • Creating specific access controls
  • Collection of detailed logs

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