Supercharge your Penetration Testing in Chicago
When you think about your network security, endpoint security or perimeter defenses, conducting consistent assessments and reviews are simply not enough. Penetration testing is the only way to ensure that your network is as secure as it possibly can be. A cliché that works very well in this case is "the best defense is a good offense." Simply put, you need to actively test your network security on an ongoing basis.
Penetration Test Methods
The best way to do that testing is to attack your own network, using different methods of penetration testing in increasingly complex methods of attacks. Insanity is often described as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. If that is true, why would you only conduct one set of penetration tests from one source and expect somehow to magically uncover all the current vulnerabilities in your security?
A true risk management framework should outline these processes including a design that opens up the testing framework to new methods as they become available. It should also include a timeline framework that tests your network at variable timeframes, but on an ongoing basis.
Red Team vs Blue Team
The most comprehensive testing scenario is referred to as a Red Team, Blue Team assessment. As a military team readiness test, it refers to the ability of the attacking team to deploy as many attacking methodologies as possible to test the true breaking point of the system. These attacks should be multi-front attacks including physical attacks on your actual security, from phone scams, potential physical security testing of your premises to email phishing attacks and full DDOS attacks. Find out how well your company can deal with multiple threats all at once.
This testing methodology is one of the most commonly used frameworks, because it simulates most closely the likely attacks you will experience. The "hacker" is given a target, you, but no other information. They are to attack your company based only on publicly available information from your own network. For this method to be effective, your hacker needs to be very adept in multiple strategies of penetration testing for multiple types of network security frameworks.
Although considered by some as an unfair advantage, this penetration test allows a hacker to test your defenses from an intimate knowledge point of view. Often also referred to as an "inside job" or internal attack, this hacker is given design specifications and even as much as source code of the system. Essentially this is a worst case scenario or nightmare scenario for your company. This type of testing can often also review and assess your ability to recover and the quality of your disaster plan currently in place.
Somewhere between the two, this hacker is provided some information, but not all to give them a head start on your system and see your own reaction time to the crisis. This is also often referred to as a low-level insider attack. They may have some knowledge of where to attack your weakest point but not true high-level knowledge.
All these types of penetration testing are meant to test your system in varying ways, simulating what the real world is like. Penetration testing can be used in tandem with vulnerability scanning to provide an area where to start your initial penetration testing. Tests should include different areas of both physical and digital assets. All the online digital attacks in the world would still not prevent a disaster if your system designs were left unsecured and open to actual physical theft.
Penetration tests should include a full slate of tests with metrics to enable comparisons over time. These comparisons provide insight into where the most changes are required for a prioritization schedule.