How is the service done?
When hiring a Pentest service, a professional with real knowledge in information security and networks, performs a series of attacks against the contracting company's system. At that time, he can know nothing about the current conditions, to avoid any targeted practice already thinking about this system. Thus, the professional performs the attacks and can set up this process following several guidelines, such as:
- Social engineering;
- Check firewalls;
- Analysis of used ports;
- Denial of service;
- Password analysis;
- How to get company news in the media;
- Scanning for exploits;
- Find vulnerabilities.
These are just some of the various ways in which this type of intrusion test works, that is, it is possible to see that it is a job more directed at actually causing stress to the system. In addition, it is important to emphasize that all possibilities are tested, including cases where it has nothing to do with the technical part. This means testing actions such as social engineering, mentioned in the list above. Or, still, the search for open information on the internet. With this, the professional is able to identify whether the company is experiencing some type of vulnerability in information widely disseminated on the network.
Step by step of a Pentest service
By hiring the service to carry out the Pentest, you will be able to follow the entire execution process and its creation stages. So let's go to them:
The qualified professional first needs to know what the objectives of that test are, that is, at which points the invasion attempt can be made and which cannot be accessed. In addition, the service contract must be duly signed.
Already in the developer's hands, it's time to put specific tools to scan and make a total x-ray of your entire system. For this, it is possible to carry out a simple analysis and a more complex one, the first of which consists of taking the code of a system and evaluating its construction. On the other hand, it can also be done by putting the application to run and analyzing its code acting in real time.