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To combat a hacker, you need to think like a hacker. Penetration testing is a form of ethical hacking that simulates attacks on an organization’s network and its systems. This is done to help businesses find exploitable vulnerabilities in their environment that could lead to data breaches.

The test is a manual process performed by experts that dive deeper into your environment than an automated scan does. These experts especially look for the types of security issues that automated scanners struggle to detect. Most environments are designed, built, and maintained by employees that have little to no professional experience in security. A penetration test is performed by a security expert trained to identify and document issues that are present in an environment. The resulting report can give you the opportunity to remediate the issues before they have been exploited by a real attacker.

The PCI DSS also requires that businesses test security controls annually and perform segmentation checks every six months. Penetration testing is a service that has proven to be paramount to organizations looking to safeguard their critical assets. This service includes the “ethical hacking’ of an organization to determine any vulnerable points of entry into the network, which could be of value to a threat actor. Magilatech has a proven track record providing Pen Test services to large scale government organizations and financial entities.

A penetration test can be broken into three steps:
1. Reconnaissance
2. Testing/Exploitation
3. Documentation

Unlike a real attacker, penetration testers have a set number of hours used to test a given environment. Because of this, you, as the customer, must make a decision – where do you want the majority of the analyst’s time spent: Research or Testing/Exploitation? (The time spent on documentation is static regardless of testing circumstances.) You have the most control over the accuracy and amount of information the analyst is given prior to the assessment, both of which will dramatically affect the time needed for research.

Magilatech Penetration Testing Services simulate real-world attacks on different components of your IT environment to test the detection and response capabilities of your people, processes and technology and identify where vulnerabilities exist in your
environment.