Penetration Testing Services

FLANK is a well-respected penetration testing services provider to businesses in various industries and sectors, ranging from healthcare to financial services, and more. Many organizations todays are faced with heavy compliance burdens, which often require annual – or even more frequent – penetration tests to be performed against their production environments. Hackers and other malicious individuals are working harder than ever in attempting to break into information systems, often stealing and manipulating sensitive data from unsuspecting businesses. Many times, organizations are completely unaware they’ve been compromised – and when they suspect an issue – it’s months later, and often too late as the damage has been done.

A Primer on Penetration Testing

Penetration testing is essentially a process for which a trained professional simulates an attack against a network (most often a production environment, or a replication of a production environment), looking for information security weaknesses that could potentially allow access to systems for purposes of malicious activity. Once accessed is gained, any number of actions could be taken, such as theft and/or modification of data, disrupting I.T. services by shutting down systems, and more. It’s a serious issue, with many companies often being the target of a successful hacker. FLANK is a leading provider of penetration testing services – pen test vendor with years of experience you can trust. As to the types of penetration tests that can be performed, they consist of the following:

Black Box Testing

In black box penetration testing, the tester has essentially little or no knowledge about the target system, therefore, one has to determine the weaknesses of the system on their own. The advantage of a black box test is simple - it's simulates real-world attacks where malicious individuals have no prior knowledge of the target system, which is completely different from white box testing.

White Box Testing

With white box, or authenticated tests, the penetration tester has full and complete knowledge of the test target, such as network diagrams, IP addresses, system configurations, access credentials, and more.

Gray Box Testing

It’s a type of penetration test that simply falls between black box testing and white box testing. A tester has some knowledge and relevant information of the test target, but not all.

Network Layer

Network penetration testing is a safe, ethical and effective means of identifying security gaps or flaws in the design, implementation or operation of an organization’s network. With network penetration testing, a pen tester performs analysis and exploitation measures to assess if devices can be effectively used to penetrate the test target. Remediating flaws and vulnerabilities found during a network-layer assessment often involves either re-configuring/re-provisioning or updating software. Therefore, in some instances, remediation may include deploying a secure alternative to insecure software.

Additionally, because most protocols are well defined and have standard modes of interaction, network-layer testing is generally conducted via automated testing, which can be performed much faster than manual human testing. Therefore, automation testing is often the default type of tests performed during network layer penetration tests.

Application Layer

Application penetration testing is an attack simulation designed to expose weaknesses within an application's security controls by highlighting risks posed by actual exploitable vulnerabilities. It's important to note that remediating security flaws and vulnerabilities found during an application-layer assessment often involve re-writing/re-designing poorly written and executed code.

Internal Testing

Internal penetration testing is performed from within the organization that owns the actual test target. The strategy is quite useful for estimating how much damage an insider threat can cause, such as a malicious employee, etc. Internal penetration testing is essentially about understanding what could happen if the test target in question was successfully penetrated by a user (i.e., both authorized and unauthorized users) with various access rights.

External Testing

External penetration testing are attacks performed on/against the test target using procedures performed from outside the organization that actually owns the test target. Thus, the true objective of external penetration testing is to determine if an outside attacker can access the system, and how deep can access be allowed, once in.

Need a Penetration Test? Contact us Today

FLANK offers a wide-range of penetration testing services for businesses. Whatever the needs are – from regulatory compliance to simply wanting to gain a greater understanding of an organization’s security posture – we can assist. We offer the following penetration testing services for a flat fee rate:

  • White Box, Black Box, and Gray Box penetration testing.
  • Network layer, application layer, internal and penetration testing services.
  • Assistance with remediation for determining best course of action for correcting security issues.
  • Comprehensive reporting and documentation for penetration tests performed.

Don’t trust your penetration testing services to just any professional or consultant. If performed incorrectly, a pen test can severely damage an organization’s production environment in many ways. Deleted files, unauthorized access – the list goes on as to what can go wrong – so speak with a true penetration testing expert today at FLANK. e-commerce stores, banking and financial services entities, brick and mortar businesses – they all need and require a penetration test at some point – either from regulatory compliance needs or security best practices, and FLANK can assist. Visit us at flank.org today and learn more.