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A penetration test is a proactive security evaluation carried out with the authorisation of the respective organisation. This involves attacking the systems and networks to exploit system vulnerabilities, including OS, service and application flaws, improper configurations, and even risky end-user behaviour. Tests should be carried out in a safe and controlled manner.
While many current businesses define penetration testing as the application of automated network vulnerability scanners to an operational site, true penetration testing is much more than that. Penetration testing focuses on the operation as well as the implementation and design of a product or system.
Any uncoordinated attempt to gain unauthorised access to systems and networks is NOT a penetration test. It is essential to have written agreements precisely detailing the systems that can be accessed and when these can be accessed, in order to avoid legal liabilities.
The main objective of a penetration test is to identify vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by an intruder possibly incurring a large cost to the organisation.
Simply put, after a thorough penetration testing your network will not be the same again and will not be open to nasty intruders.
Penetration tests should typically cover Mail, DNS, firewall systems, password syntax, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) systems and Web servers. Additionally, it's recommended to test company wireless systems and Public Branch Exchange (PBX) systems as well as all possible access points to company information. These include physical access to the computing/network and backup areas.
At AKATI Consulting, we provide you the real deal in penetration testing with its unique Hybrid-PT solutions. The Hybrid-PT services will be provided by our top of the line consultants, capable of performing predominantly manual penetration tests that do not just rely on the output of an automated tool. We are concerned about your stress level so we assure zero false positives.
AKATI Consulting delivers bottom line results by identifying and quantifying IT related strengths and weaknesses. Our services include an active analysis of your system for any potential vulnerabilities that result from poor or improper system configuration, hardware or software flaws, or operational weaknesses. Once we are done testing your network as described here, you will see that we walk the talk and talk the walk.
At AKATI Consulting, our clients always come first. We have a highly service-oriented culture and will always go the extra mile. We are consistently involved in some of the most challenging work in the market and our clients know that we have the intellectual and logistical resources to get the job done, no matter how big or complex. We not only deliver world-class solutions, we guarantee results.
In addition, at AKATI, excellence begins and ends with our people. We work closely with each of our clients to develop the best solution for them. We regularly contribute ideas, benchmarks and suggestions to ensure our clients are always aware of the latest developments in the technology field.
As one of the leading organisations in security evaluation and penetration testing, we improve the integration between people, information, and ideas. Our unique methodologies to penetration testing define the requisite activities at each phase of the assessment to help ensure service excellence.