VAPT (Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Test) are comprehensive services for security audit, security amendment, recommendation, security monitoring, risk analysis, forensic analysis, and penetration testing.
The Digital Group has analyzed the importance of VAPT services. The vulnerability assessments offered by the Digital Group focuses on identifying risks involved in the IT infrastructure maintained by enterprises. The penetration test offered by the Digital Group is a practical testing approach to analyze the security of all the IT systems and data.
Vulnerability Assessments & Penetration Testing Work Flow
What Digital Group provides
The Digital Group provides efficient Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) services. The various services performed by the Digital Group professionals are as follows:
- Application Penetration Testing Services
- Network Penetration Testing Services
- External infrastructure Penetration Testing
- Internal infrastructure appliance Penetration Testing
- Mobile Application & Penetration Testing
- Client side software Penetration Testing
Penetration Testing Overview
- Source code review
- Functional Testing
- Performance Testing
- Memory Leakage Testing
- Usability Testing
- Authentication Testing
- Session Management
- Authorization Testing
- Data Validation Testing
- VAPT services provided by the Digital Group incorporates comprehensive application evaluation rather than a single stand-alone test. It is a hybrid application testing process that involves two testing procedures.
- Testing of the IT systems at any point of time allows to mitigate risks in application development process, thus the cost involved in re-evaluation of the system is reduced.
- Using the Penetration Testing Approach gives an organization a more inclusive view of the threats encountered by various applications, systems, or networks.
- Our VAPT services enable various businesses to protect its systems and data from malicious attacks.
- Security measures for diverse applications and IT resources.
Suma Soft’s VAPT services simulate techniques used by hackers to help organizations understand and address potential threats in the system, network or application. VAPT services perform auditing, penetration testing, patching and reporting of evidence regarding exploiting vulnerabilities. It also monitors and protects the system from malicious attack from hackers.
Our VAPT services include responding to a data security incident, creating compliance policies and developing security strategy. We deliver robust solutions to companies of all sizes with our talented and expert resources.
VA/PT technical report
Vulnerability analysis/penetration testing (VA/PT) is an active process of identifying existing vulnerabilities and available exploits in a security implementation, to penetrate susceptible systems on the basis of this information. A penetration tester is considered a specialist — engaged to not just get results, but also analyze them in detail. VA/PT reports thus play an essential role in penetration testing.
A penetration test is useless, unless paired with a well drafted technical report. A good VA/PT report is one understood by all, and more importantly, outlines immediate risk mitigation measures. VA/PT reports must outline the test approach and results. It should also highlight vulnerability classifications and recommended measures, which should be documented to secure any high-risk setup.
- Executive summary: This is a brief test overview, prepared with the key management in mind. It targets decision makers who want to know the issues and their consequences, without the need for technical information. The executive summary should focus on building a proper business case providing the details of, and impact of the findings — along with remediation steps. Graphical representation is an effective method for communicating the findings in a VA/PT report.
- Project scope: A VA/PT report should first define scope. The scope, in general, includes details such as IP addresses/range (public facing or internal) and type of attack used (whether social engineering, Trojan and backdoors were permitted, and any limitations thereof). The methodology adopted (black, gray or white box) should also be explicitly mentioned in the scope. It should also include an estimate of the number of attempted exploits and respective types.
- Result analysis: This is central to a VA/PT report. Result analysis gives a complete picture of all identified vulnerabilities, severity, and recommended remedial action. This section should not contain raw output from used tools. Rather, the specialist should provide an analysis in a summarized format. The testing technician can choose to include snippets of code, used scripts, parameters tampered with, evidence of privilege escalation, and gained access.
- Conclusion: The results section should be followed by a technical conclusion for the complete exercise. It should be prepared considering a technical audience, and the present the organization’s security posture, depending on the analysis. The conclusion may also include such vulnerabilities as were identified across all systems; for example, usage of old versions and missing patches. The most important recommendations may be presented in points.
- Appendices: The appendix in a VA/PT report should include at least the following:
1. Output of vulnerability identification
2. Screenshots of active attempts
3. Evidence supporting proof of concept of active penetration
4. Evidence showing failures
Useful VA/PT report preparation tips
A VA/PT report should contain information of all tests carried out. Detail automated and manual scans, as well as conducted tests — while noting any unusual behaviour with screenshots.
Creating a tracking sheet beforehand is a good practice, as this is akin to preparing an initial VA/PT report draft. It can track the exercise’s progress. A tracking sheet can give an overview of the progress, and help better understand the work flow. Details of performed raw scans may be saved for future reference and proof.
Small steps go a long way in producing quality VA/PT reports. Practices like using spell check and highlighting the findings in screenshots help. When an attack is carried out, clearly illustrate the difference in flow between a normal user and an attacker. Do arrange the findings as per severity. If any issues have been fixed in the interim, screenshots confirming the same may be shown in the VA/PT report.
While finalizing the VA/PT report, crosscheck minutiae, and subject it to review at least once (by a senior technical expert or team lead). The report may also be sent to a quality assurance team to identify whether the report meets current industry standard or organizational requirements.
Essential part of compliance standards or certifications for your business
Vulnerability testing helps shape information security strategy through identifying vulnerabilities and quantifying their impact and likelihood so that they can be managed proactively; budget can be allocated and corrective measures implemented.
Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing (VAPT) are largely mandated across various industries and sectors. There are a wide-range of compliance standards that require such audits to be carried out periodically. Some of the well known standards are:
- ISO 27002 / ISO 27001
- PCI DSS – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
- SOX – Sarbans-Oxley Act
- HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
- TRAI – Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
- DOT – Department of Telecommunication
- CERT-In – Cyber Emergency Response Team of India
- GLBA – The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act
- FISMA – The Federal Information Security Management Act
- NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology
- SAS 70 – Statement on Auditing Standards
- COBIT – Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology
There are below key benefits of VAPT.
- Preventing Information Loss
Can you imagine your crucial business data is hacked and its with your competitor or any unwanted hands? Sensitive information of your business if more important, and it should be highly secured.
2. Preventing Financial Loss
Similar to information loss there is direct chances of fraud (hackers, extortionists and disgruntled employees) or loss in revenue due to unreliable business systems and processes.
3. Protects Your Brand in Market
Providing due diligence and compliance to your industry regulators, customers and shareholders. Non-compliance can result in your organisation losing business, receiving heavy fines, gathering bad PR or ultimately failing. Protecting your brand by avoiding loss of consumer confidence and business reputation.