Same, Similar or Completely Different? In this concise article,we’ll break out the similarities and the differences between red team testing and penetration testing to answer the question regarding their effectiveness. We’ll also help you decide which is the best approach for your organisation. The first thing to acknowledge is that both red team testing and penetration testing have certain similarities – both are designed to uncover weaknesses in your security defences. However, they do differ considerably in … Read More »
Attackers, Defenders and a Referee A red team exercise is an “all-out” effort to penetrate an organisation’s security defences. The objective is to gain access to systems via physical breaches, computer networks, phone systems, RF (radio frequency) systems and employee manipulation. The concept derives from simulation exercises run in the military and mirrors a real-world attack scenario. It’s designed to expose shortfalls, vulnerabilities and loopholes. This exercise cuts through any vagueness or unfounded assumptions surrounding an organisation’s … Read More »
Make Sure You’re getting a Porsche and not a Lada Following on from our previous blog “A Convincing Argument for Penetration Testing”, let’s now look at how to successfully navigate a crowded marketplace and choose a penetration test provider shrewdly. There are hundreds of companies offering penetration tests in the UK. When you hand over the keys to your organisation (metaphorically speaking), how can you have confidence your penetration tester will apply the controls required to protect your sensitive … Read More »
Is Your Business Safe From Hackers? It’s possible a hacker is examining your business right now. He’s intelligent, he’s resourceful, and he’s looking to exploit any shortfalls he uncovers in your security measures. Whatever he finds, he’ll be sure to exploit it. The consequences might be negligible, or they could be catastrophic for business continuity. What will he find and what loss or damage to sensitive data might result? How costly would it be to your business … Read More »
Ethical Hacking Welcome to the first of a series of posts addressing what it takes to be an ethical hacker, written by Perspective Risk’s Penetration Tester Marius Cociorba. Each week he discusses one element he considers key to being a security consultant, especially in the context of pen testing. References to further reading are included where helpful. Volumes have been written about careers in the infosec industry, many of which influenced Marius when he began his journey in … Read More »
Pentesting – A Guide to Buying What to check before purchasing a Penetration Test As a first time buyer looking for a pentesting provider, or perhaps a second time buyer with lightly toasted fingers, what criteria should you use when selecting a penetration testing company? Choosing a pentest supplier can present a risk in itself. In our Buyer’s Guide for Penetration Testing, we help you to navigate your way across the potentially choppy waters and advise on: … Read More »
Protect Your Premises: Tips from PR’s Security Experts Two of Perspective Risk’s physical security specialists – Abdul Ikbal and Neil Gibb – share advice for improving the security of your building against criminals, malicious insiders and careless staff. Other security consultants and many clients are often surprised to learn that we can usually compromise a building’s security perimeter in under an hour. One customer commented: “It would be great to have a reference to prepare us … Read More »
Think your Defences are Hard to Breach? Think Again Greetings to the last in our Breakfast series by Perspective Risk’s (PR’s) cyber-security expert Abdul Ikbal. In this post, Abdul tells how seemingly small chinks in an organisation’s armour can enable attackers to make huge gains. Red Teaming – what we’ve learned so far During this series I’ve shown how I can compromise your security by: Breaking into your building Convincing you to handover your password Seeing … Read More »
A Phishy Tale: Click and I’m Inside your Network Greetings to the latest in our Breakfast Series by Perspective Risk’s (PR’s) Red Teamer Abdul Ikbal, where he advises on network security and share insights in the life of an ethical hacker. In this blog he tells how he – and the bad guys – can access your network and how to improve your security. You can catch up on the series here: How I break into your building, … Read More »
Red Teaming: Can I has your password? Greetings to no. 3 of our ‘Breakfast Series’ by PR’s senior consultant Abdul Ikbal. Abs specialises in cyber security, has been in the industry for over five years, and is a valued member of our Red Team. Here he shares advice on password security. You can catch Abs’ previous breakfast posts here: How I break into your building and Pentest interview do’s and don’ts. I will find the flaws in your … Read More »
Top Tips for a Pentest Interview Welcome to the second of our ‘Breakfast Series’ by information security specialist Abdul Ikbal. You can catch the first one here: How I can gain access to your building. This series is designed as a quick read over your morning coffee, or, if you’re reading this over the festive holiday, your morning eggnog. Abs is one of Perspective Risk’s Managing Consultants and has conducted more interviews for penetration testers than you’ve … Read More »
Kerberos: Enumerating Domain Usernames Enumerating domain account names Welcome to a technical blog post for Penetration Testers by our Principal Security Consultant, Matt Byrne. In recent years, enumerating valid operating system level user names from up-to-date, well maintained Windows environments – even from an internal test perspective, has become increasingly unlikely. Where RID cycling once provided a full list of domain users, this is no longer the case. However, for internal assessments, the Kerberos service (88/tcp) still … Read More »
Make the most of your Penetration Test Perspective Risk’s Penetration Tester Tom Sherwood shows you how to make the most of your pen testing by taking care of some security basics yourself. Your testers’ time will be used to better effect and you’ll gain more from your investment. Here we look at 5 ways you can carry out simple hardening of your servers. 1. Keep Your Servers’ Operating Systems Updated Keeping your servers’ operating systems up … Read More »
Part 5:5 Running unsupported operating systems and applications on your network During Pen Test engagements, our Cyber-Security specialists consistently encounter the same security weaknesses. Five risks to organisations hold top position, whatever their sector or scale. In this fifth and final part of our blog series by PR’s Marius Cociorba, we look at the dangers of running unsupported operating systems or software on your network. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 security Although support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 ended … Read More »
Part 4:5 Storing Data as Clear Text Storing data in the clear During a pen test, our InfoSec experts usually report the same security dangers, whatever the client size or type. In this weekly series, we explore five common vulnerabilites and share practical advice you can follow today. In this 4th part, we address the risks of storing passwords and other sensitive data as clear text. We use encrypted hard drives, data must be protected, right? Once … Read More »
Part 3:5 Lack of Network Segregation Among the range of services we provide at Perspective Risk, penetration testing is a popular choice with our clients, from blue chips to SMEs. Regardless of their security posture, our testers regularly record the same issues. In this 5 part blog series, we share what those issues are alongside straightforward guidance to avoid them. In this 3rd part we highlight the importance of network segregation on the internal domain. Suggestions for … Read More »
Part 2:5 Dangerous Default Credentials – secure your network We regularly conduct network penetration tests for clients large and small, and whose security capabilities cross the spectrum. Despite the diversity of our customer base, we frequently encounter the same vulnerabilities, the consequences of which can be bad news for an organisation’s security posture. In this series we address the 5 commonest network security issues together with practical advice you can apply today. In this 2nd part we … Read More »
Part 1:5 Weak password policies – improve your network’s security Here at Perspective Risk, we run frequent network penetration tests for clients of all sizes and security capabilities. We observe certain issues cropping up time and time again, which can significantly affect a business’ security posture. During this series we will cover the top 5 issues we most commonly find, together with some simple remediation advice you can follow that should make a difference. This 1st … Read More »
The Cloud – advantages and pitfalls ‘The cloud’ is the term given to the provision of services and applications hosted on the Internet, instead of traditionally on business premises. Cloud computing gives individuals and businesses the ability to store and process their information in third-party data centres with the much advertised benefits of getting their applications up and running quickly, as well as improved manageability and reduced downtime. This enables businesses to rapidly fine-tune resources in response … Read More »
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