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Infrastructure Penetration Testing

Protect your IT infrastructure by identifying vulnerabilities that could compromise the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of your systems and the data they store and process.

What is Infrastructure Penetration Testing?

Infrastructure Penetration Testing is a key component in the security assurance process for IT systems and assets. It ensures adherence to both internal and external standards, significantly reducing the risk of cyber threats. This type of testing ensures that only authorized actions can be executed within the network and that robust security measures are in place to protect against the exploitation of vulnerabilities by attackers. The testing process involves identifying potential security weaknesses that could be exploited by both authenticated and unauthenticated attackers to:

  • Gain unauthorized access to sensitive information within the infrastructure.
  • Conduct harmful activities within the network.
  • Compromise the security of other users within the infrastructure.
  • Illegitimately increase their access privileges within the network.
  • Threaten the overall stability and security of the infrastructure.

Infrastructure Penetration Testing is designed to uncover vulnerabilities that pose risks to the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of the IT systems and the data they manage.

Why is Infrastructure Penetration Testing Essential?

Infrastructure Penetration Testing is crucial for establishing a strong security base for your IT infrastructure. It’s vital for ensuring the safety and integrity of IT systems and networks, which are fundamental to the ongoing operations of a business and a critical component of effective risk management. This testing helps ensure the resilience of essential business services that depend on your IT infrastructure.

For organizations that heavily rely on IT systems and technologies to conduct their business services, consistent testing of these systems is imperative. This is particularly important for organizations whose business strategies involve the use of advanced technologies to improve business performance and success. Securing their IT infrastructure is key to safeguarding their digital operations.

NeedSec recommends that all organizations dependent on the rapidly evolving landscape of IT systems and networks should include regular penetration testing in their ongoing security assurance strategy, to maintain and enhance their overall security posture.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What information is required to provide a quote/scope for an infrastructure penetration test?

The following information, at minimum, is required to scope an infrastructure penetration test:

  • Number of Internal IP Addresses
  • Number of External IP Addresses
  • Number of physical locations

How much does a Infrastructure Penetration Test cost?

The price for conducting am infrastructure penetration test is based on the number of days required to complete the specified scope of the project. To obtain a quote, your organisation must fill out a pre-evaluation questionnaire. Experts from NeedSec are on hand to assist you throughout this procedure.

Do you deliver Infrastructure Penetration Testing to meet specific compliance requirements?

Testing can be conducted to satisfy various compliance requirements, such as PCI DSS, IT Health Check, ISO 27001, NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit, Trusted Partner Network (TPN), PCI-DSS and SOC2, among others.

What types of infrastructure penetration testing can be performed?

NeedSec provides infrastructure penetration testing from both authenticated and unauthenticated perspectives, simulating attackers with varying levels of access and privilege. This approach encompasses a variety of threat scenarios, including internal, external, cloud-based, and data center environments. NeedSec conducts black, white, and grey box assessments to cater to the diverse requirements of clients.

  • Black Box: This testing simulates a real-world attacker with no prior knowledge of the targeted infrastructure, replicating an external threat scenario.
  • Grey Box: With partial knowledge, such as network diagrams, documentation, and credentials, this method allows for a more efficient and in-depth assessment, focusing less on basic discovery and more on exploiting potential weaknesses.
  • White Box: Conducted with full disclosure to the client, this testing involves detailed knowledge of the infrastructure, including network architecture, data flows, and system configurations. It aims to uncover deep-seated security issues, considering both the design and implementation of the network.

Where practical, NeedSec advocates for the grey box approach, as it typically yields a more comprehensive analysis. This method often uncovers a broader and deeper range of vulnerabilities, offering valuable insights for remediation and an overall enhancement of the security posture, especially suitable for complex environments like internal networks, external-facing systems, cloud platforms, and data centers.

What industry standards are followed during infrastructure penetration testing?

NeedSec’s Infrastructure Penetration Testing services are meticulously designed in alignment with key industry standards for infrastructure security. These include the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, the ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management, and the CIS Critical Security Controls. Additionally, we incorporate methodologies from the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) and the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES). This blend of benchmarks guarantees a thorough and current methodology in our security testing approach, specifically tailored for infrastructure environments.

What happens at the end of an infrastructure penetration test?

Following each security assessment, consultants from NeedSec will compile a detailed written report. This report will outline identified vulnerabilities, their associated risk levels, and suggested corrective measures. Beyond specific remedies, NeedSec aims to offer more comprehensive advice, where feasible, to assist clients in tackling underlying security issues that could be affecting other applications as well.

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