Weaknesses in the underlying physical network layers, network design, missing patches and misconfigured applications can introduce huge risks for organisations. These loose ends expose the organisation’s network for malicious cyber criminals to exploit. It also impacts negatively on the organisation’s reputation and turns out to be a costly matter to resolve too. This is exactly where VAPT for networks could help reveal any flaws in the network or applications and offer enough data to help mitigate the threats.
What is Network VAPT?
Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing is basically used to identify the exploitable vulnerabilities in the network and systems and help reduce or nullify the risks. Routers, switches and firewalls are thoroughly tested to reduce the potential attach surface and avoid unauthorised access. Once the base layer is protected and security is tightened in every aspect, the risk of exposure of the top layers is automatically reduced. Network penetration testing reveals unauthorized access to sensitive data. Once aware of the vulnerabilities, organisations can respond quickly to mitigate potential network layer attacks.
There are two components of VAPT services:
It refer to the process of identifying, classifying and prioritizing vulnerabilities that are specific to computer systems, web applications digital assets and network infrastructure. It includes a comprehensive scanning through various security validations to locate the flaws in the pre-existing code.
It is a ethical way of penetrate or exploit and existing vulnerabilities of the Web Applications, Websites and Networks. The primary goal is to identify weak spots in the security posture and measure the compliance of its security policy. The Penetration Testing process is more complex and goes one step beyond assessment.
Network VAPT Process:
Step1: A number of software and tools are used to collect data that can show the possible loose ends in the network.
Step2: As per the data that is collected, an assessment is made to look for weaknesses in the network. Attacks are launched to assess and identify the potential entry points for hackers.
Step3: Special techniques are used to launch an attack on the systems by professional penetration testing experts.
Step4: After several intrusion attacks, the response of the target is analysed and static as well as dynamic analysis is used to check how the system or application reacts/behaves.
Step5: Detailed reports are prepared to take corrective actions wherever needed.
Types of Network VAPT
- Internal – includes testing for vulnerabilities on the internal network for the organisation. Internal servers, firewalls and data components such as database servers or file servers are all thoroughly tested for vulnerabilities.
- External – includes testing of all the external network influences on the security of the overall network. The testing occurs from outside the premises.
Why Network VAPT Is Done?
Network Vulnerability and penetration testing is performed to scan the internal and external networks for security loopholes that could lead to exploitation and hacking of critical intellectual property. Further, VAPT is performed whenever there are any changes in the configuration of any of the network elements such as switches, routers or even servers. It’s a good practice to run these tests frequently to keep the security of your network tightened – always.
Network VAPT Benefits:
Network VAPT helps you gain valuable insights in to the underlying physical layer & network design of your IT Infrastructure. It offers enough information regarding the loose ends and the vulnerabilities so that experts can fix them before anyone can gain access and misuse the information or steal unauthorized data.
Network penetration test is complex and depends on the size of the network. Network level flaws, misconfigurations, wireless network vulnerabilities and product specific vulnerabilities, weak protocols as well as passwords are all assessed and identified. A complete network security audit is performed regularly to test whether everything is ‘in-place’ when it comes to security. Network penetration testing proves helpful as it identifies and then exploits the vulnerabilities in the network. Detecting these well in advance is a proactive way to mitigate threats rather than reactively taking action after an incident occurs.
Network VAPT is a crucial part of threat analysis for any organisation.
- Assessments are carried out by highly trained security consultants
- Flaws in the network environment are identified and measures are taken to tighten the security.
- Assessment for the level of risk your organisation is exposed to and how to mitigate it.
- Addressing and fixing of network security flaws at the ground level so that creates a strong and secure foundation for your applications.
- 24×7×365 Help Desk – Network / Security Operations Center
- Security need-centric solutions
- Expertise on network, server, storage, virtualization, application, and database
- Strong OEM Partnership
- Experienced technical team for support
- Proactive monitoring and alerts
- The most competitive pricing
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