Network Penetration Testing- Evaluating Network Security Measures
Every business organization, irrespective of their size and potential looks out for ways and means to adequately
protect their information assets from the prevailing vulnerabilities and threats. This is very vital for the business
and requires a comprehensive, structured approach to safeguard the network from the risks an organization might
face. Organizations are therefore using techniques such as ethical hacking technique, referred by the IT community
as Penetration Testing to evaluate the effectiveness of information security measures. Organizations conduct
penetration testing to secure their applications, networks and compliance.
Penetration testing is a series of activities undertaken to identify and exploit security vulnerabilities. Conducted by
a small team of people from the organization’s Internal Audit, IT department, or outsourced consulting firms
specializing in network penetration testing services, they try to exploit the organization’s information security by
simulating hacker activities. With an objective to identify security vulnerabilities under controlled circumstances,
and eliminating the same before it can be exploited. The vulnerability assessment and network penetration testing
service is an on-demand solution, which makes it convenient to run tests over the Internet.
Network penetration testing tools are software tools, which interfere with the traffic on the network and
facilitates to uncover the information. The service providers who use network penetration software to check the
security lapses in a network make use standard functions such as collecting network's topology information,
scanning for vulnerabilities and installing denial-of-service attacks. Such network penetration tool helps to identify
the weak links on the network.
The global organizations are also faced with a great amount of risk from the internal threats arising from the
corporate LAN/WAN environments with lesser security controls and greater access to the users. The network
penetration testing techniques are used for testing infrastructure such as routers switches, and firewalls, whereas
the server pen test works on the OS and applications.
The network pen testing service with a blend of automated testing features and the expertise of security analysis
provides quality test coverage. Besides, these services cover vulnerability test for data-in-motion-leakages and all
other attack paths with the help of loophole correlation. Further, with an online vulnerability management
dashboard and compliance friendly reporting methods, it has a research driven delivery model. Offered as a
software as a service (SaaS ) model through the cloud this exploits the network so as to facilitates finding of real
threats and loopholes and enables the organizations to take effective remedial actions.
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