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What is Penetration Testing?

Pen testing exercises help organizations gain greater insight into their current security posture. Often, pen testing is done by a team of highly trained and certified professionals. Pen testing is often informally referred to as ethical hacking. Expert pen testers hired by organizations will use several non-intrusive and non-disruptive techniques to break into systems to … Continued

Decode Black Box, Grey Box and White Box in PenTesting

Before we dive into answering this complex question, let’s first take a moment to understand what Penetration Testing is. Penetration Testing, otherwise known as PenTesting, is a process for identifying the weaknesses in an organization’s digital environment intended to elevate security posture and build resilience against cyber-attacks. Traditionally, Penetration Testing is being conducted either manually … Continued

Automated Penetration Testing, Manual, or Both? — What works best? 

It is imperative for every organization to test its cybersecurity controls regularly. When it comes to understanding the threats imposed by modern-day hackers, it is nearly impossible to grasp without a thorough assessment of the security controls put in place – that’s where pen testing comes in.  Let’s first understand – what exactly IS penetration … Continued

BreachLock is CREST Pen Test Certified

BreachLock is thrilled to announce that we are a CREST Penetration Testing Service Provider. What is CREST? CREST is a not-for-profit accreditation and certification body representing the technical information security industry. CREST provides internationally recognized accreditations for organizations that deliver technical security services. It also provides professional level certifications for individuals providing vulnerability assessment, penetration … Continued

Vulnerability scanning: Top 5 best practices

In a continually evolving threat environment, hackers work round the clock to find and exploit vulnerabilities in your technical infrastructure. The ideal goal for organizations is to find these vulnerabilities before hackers discover them. Vulnerability scanning is a vital component of security testing exercises that seeks to discover security loopholes, unpatched software and applications, configuration … Continued

FedRAMP penetration testing requirements

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a federal program that aims to provide a standard approach for security assessments and continuous monitoring of cloud-based services and products. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) laid the foundation for this program in line the Cloud First Policy of the US federal government in … Continued

Automated penetration testing tools

Our clients often ask whether they should go for automated or manual penetration testing. The ideal recommendation is to follow a mixed approach. Absolute reliance on either of the methods can have a fair share of disadvantages. For example, manual penetration testing is time-consuming, and your team will not be utilizing the benefits of automated … Continued

HIPAA Security Rule for dummies

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a 1996 federal law that seeks to protect the medical information of patients. To achieve this, it lays down certain compliance requirements for covered entities. In the context of HIPAA, covered entities are organizations on which HIPAA is applicable. Under Title II of this act, the US … Continued

VPN penetration testing explained

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a gateway to your organizational network. While companies often prefer using a VPN for remote access, its importance has only increased by the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommended using VPNs as one of the good security practices to follow while working remotely. From an attacker’s perspective, finding a VPN … Continued

DevOps best practices for vulnerability scanning

Considering the market dynamics and increasing competition in various industry segments, organizations seek to minimize their applications’ time-to-market. Companies adopt DevOps principles for improving the delivery speed and enhancing the agility in their workflows. While DevOps is not a new concept, it focusses on collaboration between development and operations within an organization. Due to this … Continued