Penetration Testing

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What is a Penetration Test?

An Inceptus penetration test or "pen test" is the authorized, scheduled and systematic process of using known vulnerabilities in an attempt to perform an intrusion into a host, network or application.


A Pen Test, is an attempt to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure by safely trying to exploit vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may exist in operating systems, services and application flaws, improper configurations or risky end-user behavior. Such assessments are also useful in validating the efficacy of defensive mechanisms, as well as, end-user adherence to security policies.


In other words, it's hacking into your organization (with your permission of course) both ethically and legally. 

Why Perform a Pen Test?

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Security Breaches and Service Interruptions are Expensive

Security breaches and any related interruptions in the performance of services or applications, can result in direct financial losses, threaten organizations’ reputations, erode customer loyalties, attract negative press, and trigger significant fines and penalties. 

It is Impossible to Safeguard All Information, All the Time

Traditionally, organizations have sought to prevent breaches by installing and maintaining layers of defensive security mechanisms, including user access controls, cryptography, IPS, IDS and firewalls. However, continued adoption of new technologies, including some of these security systems, has made it even harder to find and eliminate all of an organizations’ vulnerabilities and protect against many types of potential security incidents.

Penetration Testing Identifies and Prioritizes Security Risks

Pen Testing evaluates an organization’s ability to protect its networks, applications, endpoints and users from external or internal attempts to circumvent its security controls to gain unauthorized or privileged access to protected assets.  

When Should a Pen Test be Conducted?

Penetration Testing should be performed on a regular basis to ensure more consistent IT and network security management. A pen-tester will reveal how newly discovered threats or emerging vulnerabilities may potentially be assailed by attackers. In addition to regularly scheduled analysis and assessments 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 

• End user policies are modified

Benefits of Penetration Testing

Intelligently Manage Vulnerabilities

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 Pen Tests provide detailed information on actual, exploitable security threats. By performing a penetration test, you can proactively identify which vulnerabilities are more critical, which are less significant and which are false positives. This allows your organization to more intelligently prioritize remediation, apply needed security patches and allocate security resources more effectively to ensure that they are available when and where they are needed most. 

Preserve Corporate Image and Customer Loyalty

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Every single incident of compromised customer data can be costly in terms of both negatively affecting sales and tarnishing an organization’s public image. With customer retention costs higher than ever, no one wants to lose the loyal users that they’ve worked hard to earn, and data breaches are likely to turn off new clients. Penetration testing helps you avoid data incidents that put your organization’s reputation and trustworthiness at stake. 

Meet Regulatory Requirements and Avoid Fines

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Penetration Testing helps organizations address the general auditing/compliance aspects of regulations. The detailed reports that pen-tests generate can help organizations avoid significant fines for non-compliance and allow them to illustrate ongoing due diligence in to assessors by maintaining required security controls to auditors. 

Avoid the Cost of Downtime

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Recovering from a security breach can cost an organization millions of dollars related to IT remediation efforts, customer protection and retention programs, legal activities and more. 

Types of Penetration Tests We Perform

Internal and External

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Our comprehensive penetration testing services mimic an attacker seeking to access sensitive assets by exploiting security weaknesses existing across multiple systems. 

Application

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An application penetration tests your custom web applications as well as standard applications like antivirus, embedded applications, games and other system applications.

Wireless

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We offer many wireless penetration services involving security tests of standard corporate Wi-Fi networks to assessments of specialized wireless solutions.