How to Better Prepare for Penetration Testing

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Penetration testing -also called pentesting or ethical hacking- is a method used by specialists to assess a system’s security measures. Certified cybersecurity teams like ours simulate cyber-attacks on your organization to actively assess your system’s effectiveness to safeguard its components. These evaluations allow you to identify vulnerabilities and take proactive steps to remediate them before real-world cybercriminals exploit them.

We understand that undergoing a penetration test may sometimes feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. At wizlynx group, we want to reassure you that we are here to support and guide you every step of the way. Our team of professionals possesses extensive expertise in carrying out penetration tests and will collaborate with you closely to ensure everything is conducted safely, ethically, and with minimal disruption to your business operations. We’ll help you define the scope of the test, identify any potential risks or vulnerabilities, and establish a testing window that works best for you. After all, our commitment is to provide assistance and direction to ensure the process is as seamless and stress-free as possible.

What should be done before penetration testing?

While there are a few steps to prepare before a penetration test, the most crucial element is having clear communication and coordination between the pentesting team and your organization. With that in mind, below we discuss three key steps that should be standard to better prepare your organization before conducting a pentest: 

1. Identify assets & define the scope of the test

First, you should identify all assets that will be part of the testing. This includes pinpointing the network infrastructure, servers, applications, and other critical systems. Once all assets are identified, you and the pentesting team will complete a detailed scope of work. A scope of work establishes the parameters of the assessment and it’s usually referred to as the Rules of Engagement. These Rules of Engagement dictate how the testing will be conducted, the systems and data that will be targeted, the tools and techniques that can be used, as well as what level of access and impact. 

By establishing clear Rules of Engagement, the evaluation can be carried out effectively and comprehensively. It will address the predetermined scope and test against the most pertinent vulnerabilities. Therefore, maximizing the effectiveness of the testing effort. 

2. Obtain written permission

A common misconception is that only the pentesting team requires written authorization for this procedure. In fact, you will probably need to perform this task yourself! Depending on the assets you plan to assess, you may be responsible to seek permission from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), hosting provider, and other relevant parties. 

Securing written consent guarantees that the assessment is carried out lawfully and with ethical considerations while informing all concerned parties of its nature and intent. This measure helps prevent any unwarranted interruptions or false alarms. Some server service providers may have explicit requirements or guidelines for conducting penetration testing on their systems. Adhering to these protocols can help ensure policy compliance. 
Remember, our team is always available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise during the process. 

3. Plan beyond pentesting

Lastly, when it comes to securing your organization’s digital assets, it’s not enough to simply conduct a penetration test and call it a day. While pentesting is a crucial step in identifying vulnerabilities in your system, it’s important to plan ahead for mitigation. Pentesting is not a one-time event but one step in the larger process of securing your organization’s digital assets. While it’s important to identify vulnerabilities in your system, it’s equally important to have a plan in place to address those new-found vulnerabilities. Without a plan for mitigation, your organization may remain vulnerable to attacks, even if you know where your weaknesses lie.

As your organization evolves and your systems change, new vulnerabilities may arise. Planning ahead for mitigation ensures that you have a strategy in place for addressing these vulnerabilities as they arise.

What is the end result of a penetration test?

The goal of a pentest is to identify and address potential security risks before they are exploited by malicious actors. Generally, organizations undergoing pentesting can expect reports of any vulnerabilities or weaknesses found in their system or network. Some may include recommendations on how to mitigate these issues or even point out any accessed sensitive data or confidential information.

Penetration testing is a crucial part in cyber hygiene for any organization that seeks to have an online presence. It helps protect sensitive information, maintain the integrity of their systems, and follow regulatory requirements. Performing them routinely can aid identify and resolve potential risks beforehand and enhance an organization’s overall security stance. It’s important to highlight that pentesting should be conducted by accredited entities and in compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Don’t let security breaches go unnoticed! Maximize the security of your digital assets by taking advantage of wizlynx group’s professional pentesting services. Our experienced team will thoroughly test and evaluate your system’s vulnerabilities and help you stay one step ahead. Contact us today to schedule your pentest and secure your digital future!