A penetration test, or “pen test,” is a method to evaluate the effectiveness of an organization’s security controls by simulating real-world attack scenarios. It goes beyond basic vulnerability scanning to identify gaps in security controls and determine how an attacker could escalate access to sensitive information. It uses tools and techniques guided by a methodology and results in a report with findings and recommendations to improve security. An ongoing program is recommended for a proactive approach to security
Qualysec is a leading penetration testing company that uses a process-based approach and prevention-based techniques. We specialize in testing web and mobile applications, IoT devices, Blockchain, and cloud infrastructure for global enterprises. Our manual testing and automation tools ensure thorough and accurate results. We also offer in-house tools and processes to enhance testing capabilities and provide comprehensive and effective solutions. Our reports include clear and concise steps for reproducing vulnerabilities, accurate mitigation steps, and relevant resources and guidance. We also provide onboarding assistance and daily updates during the assessment and post-assessment consultation for any questions or concerns.
They are different testing methods, but should be used together. A vulnerability scan is an automated, low-cost method for testing common network and server vulnerabilities. However, it is not as accurate in validating the accuracy of vulnerabilities or determining the impact through exploitation, and may report false positives or negatives.
Proper planning and coordination are crucial for a successful penetration test, as lack of planning can lead to disruptions. It is important to thoroughly identify potential risks for disruption and adjust the approach accordingly. Planning should be done well before the testing start date to allow enough time for communication with project stakeholders. Communication and monitoring should continue throughout the entire testing schedule.
It’s important to evaluate all vulnerabilities using a risk-based model first. Each vulnerability should be evaluated for its business impact and probability of being exploited to assign a risk rating. Companies should have defined risk criteria to determine thresholds for remediation. Vulnerabilities above the threshold should be remediated or compensated to bring them within acceptable risk levels. Vulnerabilities that fall within an acceptable threshold may not require remediation and may simply be monitored over time. In compliance situations, specific vulnerabilities may be viewed as compliance gaps, and those gaps should be remediated or compensated controls should be put in place when remediation is not possible.
Conducting Application Security Testing on a regular basis is imperative for identifying and addressing new vulnerabilities and threats, leading to sustained IT and security management
Application testing is a type of software testing that aims to uncover system vulnerabilities and encompasses security principles such as confidentiality, integrity, authentication, and availability.
The duration of a Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) engagement varies depending on the scope of the testing and the complexity of the applications being tested. On average, a penetration test can take 1 to 3 weeks to submit the vulnerability report.
Black Box, Grey Box, and White Box Testing are the most common web app security, mobile app security, and network security tests.
Manual security testing is performed by a Pentester who uses his skills and experience to find out the vulnerabilities in the application. Automation testing is done by tools using default frameworks
Yes, we do provide certificate after completion of penetration testing.
OWASP top 10 (2021), WASC 40 (applications), and SANS 40 are the most crucial security standards.
OWASP top 10 (2021) Web app, mobile app, API security
WASC 40 (applications) Web app
SANS 40 Web app, mobile app
After testing, we provide a comprehensive report with all the findings and test cases. After patching the vulnerabilities, you can opt for a validation test. We perform the retest, and after being assured that there are no loopholes left, we close the engagement releasing a certificate.
Yes, but only for a specified period based on the project. As most applications do code modifications regularly, there might be a chance of new vulnerabilities whenever the code gets updated. As vulnerabilities evolve on a day-to-day basis, you need to get your applications tested regularly.