What is External Penetration Testing?
External penetration testing is a type of security assessment designed to identify and fix vulnerabilities within publicly accessible network infrastructures by replicating the same techniques used by hackers. External network infrastructures are among the most targeted components. This is why experts recommend to perform external assessments at least once a year or following any major changes to the infrastructure to stay on top of the latest cyber threats. Conducting an external pentest is also required by various standards, such as PCI-DSS, ISO27001, and SOC 2.
Why Conduct an External Pentest?
Conducting an external penetration test provides invaluable insights into the potential security risks your organization may face from external threats. Here is what your organization will gain after conducting a project with our team:
Validate your existing security controls
Understand the potential impact of an attack on external systems
Our external penetration tests will identify and measure vulnerabilities that could be exploited to gain access to sensitive data or systems, compromise operations, or damage your reputation. By understanding exactly what could happen during an attack, organizations can prioritize their security efforts and allocate resources effectively.
Identify & fix all existing vulnerabilities
Our external pentests help you identify all existing vulnerabilities in your external infrastructure, including critical vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attacker to gain access to your network or sensitive data. This will help you prioritize remediation efforts and reduce your overall risk exposure.
Improve your external perimeter security
Comply with regulatory requirements
When Should You Perform an External Penetration Test?
Common Cybersecurity Risks & Vulnerabilities Identified
A vulnerability that allows an attacker to bypass the authentication process and gain unauthorized access to a system or network.
Weak firewall rules
Firewalls act as a barrier between your internal and external networks, and if misconfigured, they can leave a company vulnerable to external attacks. Our external tests identify misconfigurations in firewalls, helping you mitigate risks.
Use of default credentials
When default usernames and passwords are not changed, an attacker can use them to gain access to the system, leading to unauthorized access and data breaches.
A security flaw that enables an attacker to bypass access control mechanisms and perform actions they are not authorized to do.
Improper input validation
A weakness that occurs when user input is not properly validated, leading to injection attacks, buffer overflows, and other security issues.
When network or system configurations are not properly secured, an attacker can exploit them to gain access to sensitive information or compromise the system.
Our Penetration Testing Process
If your organization has not gone through a penetration test before, you may not know what to expect. Even if you have, maybe you are wondering what Vumetric’ stages of penetration testing are. Here is a high-level break down of each step of our proven process:
Duration: ~ 1-2 days
Activities: We learn about your specific needs and objectives.
Outcome: Business proposal, signed contract.
Duration: ~ 1 hour
Activities: We review the scope of work, discuss requirements and planning.
Outcome: Scope validation, test planning.
Duration: ~ 2-3 weeks
Activities: We execute the test in accordance with the project scope.
Outcome: Detailed penetration test report, presentation.
Duration: Up to 1 month
Activities: We test and validate vulnerability fixes.
Outcome: Remediation report, attestation.
The Main Benefits of Testing The Security of Your External Network
DID YOU KNOW?
“ Cyberattacks on external networks represent 1/3 of all cyber threats faced by organizations. ”