Different Phases and Stages of Penetration Testing

Learn more about the different phases and stages of penetration testing services, along with the different types of penetration tests that can be performed, courtesy of FLANK, a leading provider of cloud/SaaS, network, application, and social engineering penetration testing services. To learn more about our services, please complete our Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today.

5 Phases of Penetration Testing

Phase I: Information Gathering and Planning: This phase involves properly scoping the penetration test in terms of information systems, goals, the type of testing to be performed (for which there are many). Additionally, this phase also includes gathering all necessary information and intelligence for ensuring the actual pen tester has sound knowledge of the in-scope environment/target host. The greater the understanding of the environment, the more meaningful the testing results, hence the importance of proper scoping.

Communication is the key during the information and gathering stage as both the pen tester and the client need to be very clear and in agreement on a wide-range of issues. Aggressive pen testers can actually damage an organization’s production environment. Likewise, clients who fail to provide a full and transparent understanding of one’s in-scope environment to a pen tester can result in a myriad of challenges. One of the keys for removing such issues is completing a comprehensive, well-written Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire.

Phase II: Scanning: Upon gaining a solid understanding of the in-scope environment, the pen tester can then begin “scanning”, a process of probing external/perimeter and/or internal devices for determining security flaws and weaknesses. Examples of such flaws generally include open ports and services, systems that have vulnerable operating systems and applications (largely due to patch management being ignored). In summary, a well-skilled pen tester provider – such as FLANK – is actively looking for holes to penetrate in your network – and quite often – we unfortunately find them. Note: “Scanning” is also known as Threat Modeling, Vulnerability Identification, or any other number of similar phrases.

Phase III: Simulated Attacks for Access: With possible security flaws and weaknesses now identified, the pen tester can begin the process of actually exploiting the in-scope environment for the purpose of gaining access. Once access is obtained, the pent tester will then push to see how far and deep they can go. Sometimes, access is limited, however, often they find themselves being able to access highly sensitive files and data. It’s important to ensure that scoping has been properly established for ensuring just how far and deep you want a pen tester to go.

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Network Penetration Testing Dallas, TX | Flat Fees

FLANK is a leading provider of penetration testing services for businesses all throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Founded by Texans who have a sincere passion for providing high-quality security, compliance, and governance solutions to Texas businesses, FLANK has been assisting Dallas businesses for years with comprehensive penetration testing services and solutions. Complete our quick-and-easy Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today to receive a quote.

Penetration Testing for Security & Compliance Reporting

Perhaps PCI DSS compliance is requiring your organization to perform a pen test. Or maybe security best practices are pushing you forward in performing annual penetration testing. Whatever your needs are, FLANK is Dallas’ leading provider of penetration testing services, offering the following tests:

Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT)Network Penetration TestingWebsite Application Penetration TestingApplication Penetration TestingCloud Penetration Testing (Amazon AWS, Azure, And Google Cloud Platform)Client-Side Penetration TestingWireless Penetration TestingSocial Engineering Penetration TestingBlack Box TestingWhite Box TestingGrey Box TestingPenetration testing for Regulatory Compliance Mandates

It’s just amazing – astonishing, really – how much information technology continues to change and ultimately advance our lives. Simplicity and efficiency are now trademarks in so many things we do every day. From checking bank account balances to online grocery shopping, technology is everywhere today. Yet these very information systems that power our lives are also susceptible to growing cybersecurity attacks, and its why penetration testing has become such a common requirement.

After all, penetration testing is one of the very best measures for assessing the safety and security of one’s information technology architecture, and FLANK is Dallas’ leading provider of penetration testing services. Complete FLANK’s Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today to receive a quote.

Network Penetration Testing Dallas, TX – Talk to FLANK

Penetration testing has become an annual requirement for thousands of businesses throughout the DFW area, and FLANK has the expertise, manpower, and capabilities for providing high-quality, fixed-fee penetration testing services. The Dallas economy is booming – and it’s only going to get bigger – which also means that regulatory compliance and security requirements will ultimately mandate pen testing for businesses all throughout the DFW area.

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Information Security Policy and Procedures Manual and Templates

Information Security Policy and Procedures Manual & Templates

Information security policy and procedures manuals and templates are a MUST for today's growing climate of regulatory compliance. Laws, legislation, and mandates such as Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA), the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), ISO 27001/27002, FISMA, DFARS 800-171, and many others require organizations to have in place documented policies, procedures, and processes. But everyone knows that developing templates and crafting the documentation is very time consuming indeed. What’s needed are information security policy and procedures manuals and templates developed by an industry leading, globally recognized organization – and that’s FLANK.

World-Class Information Security Policy and Procedures Templates

As leaders in providing documented information security policy and procedures manuals and templates to businesses, FLANK has spent years developing what is without question some of the most highly sought-after technology policy and procedure documents. Known as the FLANK21, this comprehensive set of documents – available for immediate download – contains literally hundreds of operational, business specific, and information security policies, procedures, forms, checklists, templates, provisioning and hardening documents, and so much more. In all, you’ll receive approximately 5,000 pages of world-class documentation.

Don’t need the entire FLANK21 portfolio? Not a problem, we offer the following information security policy and procedures manuals and templates also:

Information Security & Cybersecurity Policy and Procedures Manual – Premier EditionInformation Security & Cybersecurity Policy and Procedures Manual – Light Edition

Looking for industry specific information security policy and procedures manuals and templates, then spend some time browsing our comprehensive data bank of documents that are available for instant download today.

Information Security Policy and Procedures Manual and Templates

What separates FLANK’s documents from the competition is we actually provide information security policy and procedure templates applicable to specific systems and devices, while also ensuring the documentation is consistent with the most current vendor and software releases. The FLANK21 set of documents includes much more than just policies and procedures - anyone can provide that - and it’s what distinguishes us from other providers.

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Information Security Policies and Procedures Templates for Download

Information Security Policies and Procedures Templates for Download

Looking for industry leading information security policies and procedures templates for your organization? If so, you've come to the right place at FLANK. As a global leader in providing documented policies and procedures for organizations all around the world, our industry leading information security policies and procedures templates are extremely comprehensive, easy-to-use and cover virtually every imaginable platform or I.T. service your organization has in place.

FLANK offers dozens of information security policies and procedures templates and toolkits that includes literally hundreds of policies, procedures, forms, checklists, templates, provisioning and hardening documents – and more.

Choose from Dozens of Information Security Policies and Procedures Toolkits

Information security is not going away – rather – organizations, now more than ever, are being required to have a comprehensive set of documented information security policies and procedures templates in place.  Additionally, a large part of this requirement is being driven exclusively by external regulatory compliance mandates – the various laws, legislation, regulations and industry specific directives calling for the safety and security of information systems. 

That’s why the time is now for businesses to get serious about security, and it starts with obtaining information security policies and procedures templates documentation from a proven, trusted source – and that’s FLANK. Each one of the hundreds of policies, procedures, and forms that are available for instant download today at flank.org have been professionally researched and developed by personnel with years of real-world experience.

Toolkits and Templates Available for all Major Compliance Frameworks

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GDPR Policies and Procedures & Policy Templates

GDPR Policies and Procedures & Policy Templates

After spending hours educating yourself on the compliance requirements of the GDPR, it becomes abundantly clear that the need for comprehensive information security, operational, and data privacy policies, procedures, forms – and more – is obvious. Simply stated, you need GDPR policies and procedures for compliance.

The challenge, however, is finding a company that essentially acts as an all-encompassing repository for your documentation needs. Lawyers are great for privacy documents. I.T. firms excel in providing security policies and procedures. H.R. firms have an arsenal of operational/employee driven documents. But that’s the problem, nobody has them all, until now. FLANK provides a wide-array of industry leading compliance documents available for instant download today for meeting the rigorous GDPR compliance mandates. Contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

You Need Documents, Documents, and More Documents!

Yes, you do, no question about it! But who wants to spend time writing GDPR policies and procedures? Who wants to really take on such a tiring and rather mundane process? Probably not you, but FLANK will. Writing GDPR policies and procedures is what we do best, and it’s why we offer numerous policy templates and toolkits for instant download today at flank.org. Developing GDPR policies shouldn’t be a tedious exercise – after all, you’ve got a business to run – so visit flank.org today for learning more about our world-class policy templates and toolkits.  

Learn more about FLANK’s proven process for GDPR compliance for U.S. companies, along with downloading our GDPR Case Study for a recent client implementation.  

Here's a sample of the wide variety of GDPR policies and procedures FLANK offers:

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