Penetration Testing


In security as in life, the hardest weaknesses to pinpoint are your own. Fortunately, we have no problem thoroughly documenting all of your flaws. In fact, it’s kind of our job. And that’s a good thing: Knowing your vulnerabilities – and the ways in which attackers could exploit them – is one of the greatest insights you can get in improving your security program. With that in mind, Aspire’s Penetration Testing Services team will simulate a real-world attack on your networks, applications, devices, and/or people to demonstrate the security level of your key systems and infrastructure and show you what it will take to strengthen it. Much like your mom, we don't highlight your failings because it bothers you—we do it because we care.

A Penetration test simulates the action of an external or internal cyber attacker that aims to breach cybersecurity of the organization using tools and techniques the penetration tester attempts to exploit critical systems and gain access to sensitive data.

Penetration testing follows these general steps:

  1. Determination of scope
  2. Target information gathering or reconnaissance
  3. Exploit attempts for access and escalation.
  4. Sensitive data collections testing.
  5. Clean up and final reporting

Way more than security experts

The best way to stop attackers is to think and act like an attacker. Which is why, unlike many security firms, we don’t hire recent grads or people with more experience in IT than security as pen testers. Instead, we find good people who know about bad things. Things like ATM hacking, multi-function printer exploitation, automobile keyless entry attacks, endpoint protection bypass techniques, RFID cloning, security alarm system bypass… you get the idea. And those kinds of people? They’re way more than security experts—they’re bonafide hackers.

What to fix, and when and how to fix it

The best you can hope for from most penetration tests is a long list of problems with little context on how to fix them or where to start. Helpful, right? Aspire uses the DREAD methodology to provide a prioritized list of issues, based on the damage potential, reproducibility, exploitability, number of affected users, and discoverability of each finding.

What can you expect? A detailed description and proof of concept for each finding, as well as an actionable remediation plan. And because we understand that risk severity is only one factor in prioritizing remediation efforts, we'll also provide insight into the level of effort needed to remediate the findings. In addition, you'll receive:

  • An attack storyboard that walks you through sophisticated chained attacks
  • Scorecards that compare your environment with best practices from an attacker’s perspective
  • Positive findings that call out what security controls you have that are effective

Our pen testing services are:

  • Network Penetration Testing
  • Website Penetration Testing
  • Mobile App Security Testing
  • Cloud App Security Testing
  • Social Engineering Testing
  • Database Testing
  • Storage Testing
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