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Ethical Hacking – The Need for Penetration Testing

Today’s increasingly sophisticated IT security attacks can take many forms and can have serious consequences. Businesses can be robbed of confidential information and intellectual property; military and national security operations can be compromised; and the systems that control critical infrastructure such as power grids, water treatment plants and telecommunications networks can be disrupted.

Intrusion or penetration tests simulate a real attack against your infrastructure in a controlled environment, allowing our certified consultants to evaluate your system’s capacity to prevent such an attack. They are carried out employing the same techniques as an attacker located outside your infrastructure and verify, without revealing too much information on your environment,

  • if your servers or applications will resist hostile attacks, and
  • if the identified vulnerabilities can lead to further intrusion and exploitation.

Above Security’s intrusion tests enable you to understand your current security posture, and provide you with recommendations on how to improve your defense against technological vulnerabilities that can lead to intrusions, fraud and service interruptions.

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Above Security Penetration Testing Services

Penetration testing includes network penetration testing and application security testing as well as controls and processes around the networks and applications. This should occur from both outside and inside the network. Above Security utilizes components from several different testing frameworks including:

  • Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
  • Penetration Testing Executive Standards (PTES)
  • Open Source Security Testing Methodology (OSSTM)
  • Control frameworks such as ISO 27001 and Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT)
  • Architecture models such as The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF).

Above security uses a multi-phased approach in conducting a security assessment for IT infrastructure, with each phase having associated critical tasks and resulting output:

Above Security Penetration Testing Phased Approach

Many organizations will have a penetration test because they may suspect or know that they have already been hacked and now want to find out more about the threats to their systems so that they can reduce the risk of another attack. Conversely, an organization may also be proactive and want to know in advance about any threats that face their organization as a whole or a new system before it goes live.

Our Penetration Testing services goes beyond the limitations of automated scanning and instead, Above Security provides you with an understanding of real-world risks posed to your organization from the perspective of an attacker. A prioritized risk rating takes multiple business-driven criteria and maps them to your business objectives. Our security audits and penetration testing services help you protect your corporate and customer information, comply with industry and government regulations, and preserve your organization’s integrity and reputation.

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The final result of the intrusion test is a detailed report that includes all the findings of the test as well as the countermeasures and recommendations to secure your IT infrastructure. The report documents the following elements:

  • The security level of the servers as perceived by an attacker.
  • The security breaches, vulnerabilities, as well as countermeasures and corrective actions to be applied.
  • All testing activities and raw scan data are also provided alongside the final deliverable as report appendixes and supporting documents.

If serious vulnerabilities are discovered in the course of this evaluation, Above Security’s consultants will provide you with an interim report.


Penetration Testing from Above Security protects your business and provides many benefits including:

  • Manage Vulnerabilities Using Greater Intelligence – Understand your vulnerabilities by gaining insight into why they occur and how to remove them. Analyze and rank exploitable weaknesses based on potential impact and likelihood of occurrence.
  • Reduce Costs Associated with Network Downtime – Avoid network downtime and the costs associated to it by discovering vulnerabilities and eliminating them.
  • Preserve Corporate Image and Customer Loyalty – Any downtime or missteps can be harmful to an organization’s image. Penetration testing finds vulnerabilities before they become problems.
  • Improved Compliance – Ensure you are in compliance with customer and shareholder requirements, regulations and standards. We can help you comply with major regulations such as SOX,PCI, NERC/ CIP, SAS70/SSAE16, HIPAA, ISO, and more.

Why Above Security?

  • Leading Edge Tools and Techniques – Above Security penetration testing uses tools and techniques that are constantly updated to include all known threats and risks.
  • Proven Methodology – Our team members use practical approaches, proven in the information security realm. Above Security follows a systematic methodology to conduct penetration testing and we ensure the proposed test approach and risks are understood prior to any testing.
  • A True Security Practitioner – As a true security practitioner, we can show you how penetration testing services map to critical areas of security – risk management, IT governance, threat modeling, and the software development lifecycle to help you navigate your security roadmap to ensure success in your projects and goals.
  • Real World Business Advice – Above Security goes beyond automated tests and reports and provides real threats that are relevant to the application and the industry rather than note adherence to a generic standard.
  • Knowledgeable Professionals – Our industry certified security experts are able to provide you with practical threat analysis and mitigation recommendations, as well as strategies and options based on your industry, company size, budget and risk tolerance. Above Security employees have real industry experience that allows them to understand your needs and limits, providing you with practical, knowledgeable advice and guidance.

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