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Penetration Testing

See how your systems hold up against attacks

Wheelhouse IT can help find your network's weaknesses and
Reduce your company's risks

Our Approach to
Penetration Testing

Our team evaluates an organization’s ability to protect its networks, applications, endpoints and users from external or internal attempts to circumvent its security controls and gain unauthorized or privileged access to protected assets.

Our Penetration Testing services uncover even the smallest weaknesses by leveraging proprietary tooling, powered by an experienced team of ethical hackers.

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Our Penetration Testing Process

Through penetration testing, you can proactively identify the most exploitable security weaknesses before someone else does. However, there’s a lot more to it than the actual act of infiltration. Pen testing is a thorough, well thought out project that consists of several phases:

Planning & Preparation

Before a pen test begins, the testers and their clients need to be aligned on the goals of the test, so it’s scoped and executed properly. They’ll need to know what types of tests they should be running, who will be aware that the test is running, how much information and access the testers will have to start out with, and other important details that will ensure the test is a success.

Discovery

In this phase, teams perform different types of reconnaissance on their target. On the technical side, information like IP addresses can help determine information about firewalls and other connections. On the personal side, data as simple as names, job titles, and email addresses can hold great value.

Penetration Attempt &
Exploitation

Now informed about their target, pen testers can begin to attempt to infiltrate the environment, exploiting security weaknesses and demonstrating just how deep into the network they can go.

Analysis & Reporting

Pen testers should create a report that includes details on every step of the process, highlighting what was used to successfully penetrate the system, what security weaknesses were found, other pertinent information discovered, and recommendations for remediation.

Clean Up & Remediation

Pen testers should  leave no trace, and need to go back through systems and remove any artifacts used during the test, since they could be leveraged by a real attacker in the future. From there, and organization can begin to make the necessary fixes to close these holes in their security infrastructure.

Retest

The best way to ensure an organization’s remediations are effective is to test again. Additionally, IT environments, and the methods used to attack them, are constantly evolving, so it is to be expected that new weaknesses will emerge.

Why is Penetration Testing Important?

Penetration testing, commonly referred to as “pen testing,” is a technique that simulates real-life attacks on your IT systems to find weaknesses that could be exploited by hackers.

How we can help

Our penetration tests are scaled to meet the needs of your business. WheelHouse IT offers an array of critical testing components that can be included as part of a comprehensive penetration test or conducted as stand-alone services.

Our Methodology

UNOBTRUSIVE AND THOROUGH

The proven, flexible methodology used by WheelHouse IT provides high-value testing without sacrificing the performance or availability of your systems. Testing comprises several phases:

  • Reconnaissance and discovery
  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Attack and penetration

We know that, first and foremost, you have a business to run. We test your systems with minimal risk and disruption to your business operations, while uncovering vulnerabilities that could benefit an attacker.

DETAILED, ACTIONABLE REPORTING

Penetration testing helps you understand and act on the results. We write our reports to meet the needs of your IT department, internal and external auditors, and examiners. We clearly describe the scope of the testing and our methodology, detail test results, and provide recommendations.

NETWORK TESTING

In the IT industry, nearly 20 new vulnerabilities caused by a variety of maliciously used or compromised technologies are discovered every day. A network infrastructure test tells you how well your network can prevent intrusions.

In addition to our proprietary vulnerability scanning, we perform custom testing to uncover potential liabilities in your network. We test your network devices, segmentation, servers, and workstations. This testing goes above and beyond vulnerability scanning. If we identify possible areas of attack, a trained consultant attempts to exploit these vulnerabilities.

PHYSICAL TESTING

Physical controls include security guards, locks, cages, and video surveillance. These controls are usually highly visible and can be effective, but are often not included in security reviews.

WheelHouse IT simulates the steps a real attacker might take when trying to breach your environment. We’ll use multiple methods, including impersonation, shoulder surfing, and even dumpster diving. We then work with the results of this testing to shore up your defenses.

APPLICATION TESTING

Software systems are essential for operating your business. They contain a wealth of data, which exposes them to significant risk. Online and other applications in many companies suffer sophisticated and successful attacks.

Testing and securing applications is a complex task and requires specialized knowledge. In addition to commercial and custom-developed tools, WheelHouse IT uses manual inspection methods to discover application vulnerabilities.

Through web application testing, we help you uncover weaknesses, including those in the Open Web Application Security Project’s Top 10 Web Application Security Risks, that target your data and systems as well as those that are directed at your customers and their web browsers.

SOCIAL ENGINEERING

Attackers may manipulate your employees to gain sensitive information. This is one of the most effective attack methods, rendering many technical and administrative controls useless.

Our security consultants perform several types of social engineering in an attempt to gain sensitive information, including pretend telephone calls and phishing emails. Our testing is designed to uncover threats to your organization resulting from information disclosure, employee misuse, and ineffective management of user credentials.

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