Network Penetration Testing

Network Penetration Testing

Network penetration testing, or pen-testing for short is a great way to audit the security of your network. Good network security starts with the right router and switches. Restrictive firewalls only allowing open port for secured running services is another important component. By not identifying the holes in your network, you are laving yourself open to attack. Considering a network penetration testing audit from Etopia is a good idea.

One of the first steps to secure your network is perform a test on each machine connected to your private network (192.168.xxx.xxx or 10.xxx.xxx.xxx). Make sure all of the machines running within your network are individually secured by a well configured firewall that uses SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection). After that you should address the firewall settings at the switch, router and modem layers.

Once you have taken those steps to secure your network and made sure that the process running on an open port (like a web server) are secure, its time for the next step. The next step is to penetration test your systems. Finding a good network penetration testing service is important. We are experts in network penetration testing and we can get your network up to snuff in all aspects.

What is penetration testing? Penetration testing, often called “pentesting”,“pen testing”, or “security testing”, is the practice of attacking your own or your clients’ IT systems in the same way a hacker would to identify security holes. Of course, you do this without actually harming the network. The person carrying out a penetration test is called a penetration tester or pentester. Let’s make one thing crystal clear: Penetration testing requires permission from the person or business who owns the system(s).

Penetration testing is the best way to identify vulnerabilities in a system. When we perform a penetration test we test for exploits on running services and try to deliver payload packets to disrupt regular operations. A penetration test can deliver a well rounded threat analysis, which allows us to provide you with recommendations to further secure your systems and network.

What is a Network Penetration Testing Payload?

A payload is the piece of software that lets you control a computer system after it’s been exploited. The payload is typically attached to and delivered by the exploit.

One of the most popular pieces of penetration testing software out there is Metasploit. Metasploit’s most popular payload is called Meterpreter, which enables you to do all sorts of things on the target system. For example, you can upload and download files from the system, take screen-shots and collect password hashes. You can even take over the screen, mouse, and keyboard to fully control the computer. If you’re feeling particularly bad-ass, you can even turn on a laptop’s webcam and be a fly on the wall.

Network penetration testing from Etopia Technologies is the best way to make sure that your systems and network are providing you with top notch security to fit your mission critical needs. Call us today at (631)744-9400 or email us to learn more.

by Jason Herbstman

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