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AWS Penetration Testing

AWS provides over 90 cloud hosting services for tenant businesses, including computation and storage, content delivery, security management, network infrastructure, and physical hosting facilities. These services are classified as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS) (SaaS). These virtual environments can be used for internal organisational purposes, as a consumer service, or a combination of the two. Networking, data storage, online application services, and code development are the most prevalent uses.

The advantage of employing cloud services is that it allows enterprises and individuals to grow web service needs fast and efficiently on a secure and flexible platform. Simultaneously, maintenance and upfront fixed expenditures associated with network-connected devices are offloaded.

It's crucial to recognise that the AWS platform on which you build your environment cannot be tested. Your organization's AWS platform configuration, as well as any additional application code or assets in your environment, can be tested.

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Why is Amazon AWS so important?

AWS provides a wide range of services that necessitate the use of trained professionals to develop, create, and implement in a functional and secure manner, and the same is true when analysing the security of an AWS hosted platform. Traditional websites can save up to 30% in expenditures by migrating to cloud services, but only if done appropriately and securely.

Many AWS services are Software as a Service (SaaS), which employs shared hosting with several tenants sharing the same physical resources and servers and can't be tested like traditional apps, as well as services hosted on dedicated hardware.

What is the penetration service provided with DigiAlert?

AWS allows security testing for User-Operated Services, which are cloud products that the user creates and configures. An organisation can, for example, completely test its AWS EC2 instance while barring strategies that could affect business continuity, such as initiating DoS assaults.

Vendor Operated Services, or cloud products owned and managed by a third-party vendor, are limited to the implementation and design of the cloud environment rather than the underlying infrastructure. AWS services like Cloud front and the API Gateway setup, for example, can be pen tested, but the hosting infrastructure is not.

AWS' Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) service is frequently penetration probed. Specific places in an AWS EC2 instance that facilitate penetration testing include:

HTTP/HTTPS is an example of an application programming interface (API).
Apps on the web and on mobile devices that are hosted by your company
Operating systems and virtual machines
The application server and the stack that goes with it (e.g. programming languages such Python, React)

These aren't the absolute boundaries of what can be penetrated, but they're frequently included in AWS pentests.

What do we test in our penetration services?

Many AWS services are built on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, which means that the end user does not control the environment and that it cannot be pen tested in the same way that a typical on-premise environment or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environment can. However, a blackbox engagement or even a security audit can be used to evaluate the setup and authenticity of those SaaS services.

Additional things that, due to legal and technological limits, cannot be pen tested within the AWS cloud:
AWS's physical hardware, underlying infrastructure, or facility; AWS's physical hardware, underlying infrastructure, or facility; AWS's physical hardware, underlying infrastructure, or facility.
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How do our methodologies work?

Traditional security infrastructure and the AWS Cloud are tested using different approaches in a variety of ways. The majority of these distinctions originate from the ownership of the systems. Because Amazon owns the fundamental infrastructure, standard "ethical hacking" methodologies would be in violation of AWS acceptable use standards, potentially triggering incident response procedures by the AWS security team.

Instead, pentesting AWS should concentrate on user-owned assets, user permissions setting, and the use of AWS APIs that are tightly embedded into the AWS ecosystem.

Targeting and exploiting AWS IAM Keys, testing S3 bucket configuration and permission issues, gaining access via Lambda backdoor functions, and obscuring Cloudtrail logs are just a few examples. These attack techniques are unique to AWS Cloud and necessitate specialised expertise and methodology.

Step we perform before the pentest

Pentesting in the cloud necessitates careful planning and specialised understanding. Before the pentest begins, you should take the following general procedures and prepare:

Make your own preliminary research.
Outline your expectations for internal stakeholders as well as the pentesting firm.
Choose the sort of pentest you want to conduct (e.g. black box, white box, grey box)
Defining the scope, which includes the Amazon Web Services environment as well as the target systems
Creating a schedule for the technical assessment, receiving official results, and possible remediation and follow-up testing
AWS has a lot of technical and legal components, some of which are complicated and difficult to understand. To summarise, successful pentesting requires careful planning, identification of important risks and objectives, and the selection of an appropriate pentest business. When conducting a pentest in the AWS cloud, organisations should be aware of the capabilities and restrictions, as well as the kind of tools and tests that are allowed, as well as their roles and responsibilities; if they are unsure, they should seek advice from a third-party expert.

Why choose DigiAlert?

Why choose DigiAlert?

AWS security assessment solutions from DigiAlert focus on the whole structure of your information and data management system.

  • Summary of the Report
  • The Work's Scope, Methodology, and Approach
  • Vulnerability Identification/Summary of Key Findings
  • Vulnerabilities Graphically Represented
  • Recommendations Summary
  • Detailed Findings from the Application
  • Security Advice and General Remarks Conclusion Final thoughts

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