Net Pen Testing – Seattle (WA)

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Businesses in Seattle and across Washignton have become increasingly aware of ransomware and cybercriminals’ threats. Unfortunately, the sophistication, frequency, and severity of the attacks are increasing.

Ransomware Examples

  • A hacker performed an attack that would encrypt data as well as exfiltrate the data and leak it to the dark web if ransome was not paid.
  • An attacker targeted backup systems and VMWare hypervisors, making restoring from backups much more challenging.

To address these ransomware risks, businesses should continuously review and update cybersecurity programs. An excellent first step in improving cybersecurity is to conduct yearly penetration tests.

Penetration Testing Experience – Seattle (WA)

Keiter offers remote penetration testing services to organizations in Seattle and across Washington. Leveraging over 15 years of specialized experience, our team delivers high-quality cybersecurity solutions to companies in various industries regardless of location. The confluence of technical acumen with years of experience allows us to provide testing services that meet a variety of industry standards, including CMMC/NIST SP 800-171, PCI, SOC, HIPAA, GDPR, and more. Our comprehensive report not only documents the vulnerabilities discovered during our test, but it also includes recommendations to fix the vulnerabilities. In instances where fixing the vulnerability may be costly, complex, or time-consuming, we will also share recommendations for temporary mitigations to implement until the longer-term fix can be implemented.

A penetration test typically involves the following steps:

  1. Planning and Reconnaissance: The penetration testing team researches and gathers information about the target system or network, such as IP addresses, open ports, and potential vulnerabilities.
  2. Scanning: The team uses specialized tools and techniques to scan the target system for vulnerabilities, such as unpatched software or misconfigured systems.
  3. Enumeration: The team identifies and gathers information about the target system’s configuration, user accounts, and other relevant information.
  4. Vulnerability Analysis: The team analyzes the vulnerabilities found during the scanning and enumeration phases to determine how they can be exploited.
  5. Exploitation: The team attempts to exploit the vulnerabilities to gain access to the target system or network.
  6. Post-Exploitation: If successful, the team may attempt to escalate privileges, move laterally through the network, or gather additional sensitive information.
  7. Reporting: The penetration testing team provides a detailed report that includes a description of the vulnerabilities found, the risks associated with each vulnerability, and recommendations for remediation.

The Keiter Difference:

The exit conference is a collaborative discussion with stakeholders including your company’s project manager, IT staff, and management to review each vulnerability, discuss the recommendations, and answer questions. Our job is not complete until stakeholders understand every issue and recommendation.

Types of Penetration Testing

Our team provides both internal network penetration testing and external network penetration testing.

External Network Penetration Testing is when we attempt to gain access to your network from outside your network boundary. This helps companies identify potential weaknesses that could permit a hacker to attack a network. This is most valuable to companies that have public systems exposed to the Internet from their corporate network, such as VPN, email, customer ordering systems, etc.

Internal Network Penetration Testing is when we attempt to identify vulnerabilities and exploits from within the company network. This helps companies identify what a hacker could potentially do if he is able to gain access to an internal system. To perform this remotely, we ship a mini-PC with our penetration testing tools installed. The client connects the PC to the network and we remotely access the PC to perform the testing.

Companies are also rightfully concerned with the security of their wireless networks because they lack the same physical access requirements of plugging a computer into a network. Our team can perform a wireless test. Most companies value this to verify the proper segregation of corporate wireless from guest wireless, and to assess the security of the corporate wireless configuration.

Web applications are complex, and complexity is the enemy of security. It’s challenging enough for developers with limited time to implement all the requested features. Developers often either don’t have training in secure coding or don’t have enough time to implement security features.

Additionally, most custom web applications extensively leverage third-party packages. Those packages, if not patched, can create vulnerabilities. For example, the famous Equifax hack involved the exploitation of a known vulnerability in Apache Struts 2, which allowed hackers to execute operating system commands, leading to unauthorized access of their systems, and the ultimate theft of personally identifiable information of 143 million people.

For all the reasons noted above, companies with internally developed or semi-custom web applications often want a web application penetration test. Our team is skilled in web application testing and can perform yours. The extent of the testing largely depends on the complexity of the application, so please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

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About Seattle (WA)

Beyond technology, Seattle is home to a variety of industries that contribute to its economic vitality. Aerospace plays a significant role, with the Boeing Company being one of the largest employers in the region. Seattle is also a hub for biotechnology, healthcare, clean energy, maritime industries, and retail, with companies like Starbucks and Nordstrom originating from the area. This diversity of industries ensures a robust and resilient business community that is not solely dependent on a single sector.

Seattle’s business community thrives on collaboration and support. The city boasts a strong network of incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces, such as Pioneer Square Labs, the University of Washington’s CoMotion Innovation Center, and WeWork, which provide a supportive ecosystem for startups to grow and connect with industry experts and mentors. Additionally, organizations like the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce actively promote networking, advocacy, and business development opportunities.

The city also benefits from a highly educated workforce, thanks to renowned educational institutions like the University of Washington. The university acts as a catalyst for research and talent, fueling innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. The presence of such institutions and a culture that values continuous learning contribute to the overall intellectual capital of Seattle’s business community.

Contact our Seattle Net Pen Testing Team

Keiter CPAs provide network penetration testing to companies in Seattle and across Washington remotely from our Richmond offices. If you have questions about our services or would like to obtain a quote to conduct your net pen testing work, complete the form below and a team member will reach out shortly.

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