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Cloud Security Assessment

Cloud penetration testing (also known as cloud pen testing, cloud computing penetration testing, or cloud pentest) is a method of determining the amount of resistance that these systems' security offers to attackers and identifying flaws that might be exploited. A cloud penetration test involves security specialists conducting a simulated and permitted cyberattack against a customer's cloud assets.
Internal cloud networks, virtual machines hosted in the cloud, external cloud services, and cloud setups may all be subject to penetration testing. User privileges, access constraints, and hosted services may all be examined.
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What makes this testing different?

Traditional penetration testing approaches are not cloud-native and solely focus on on-premise procedures. Cloud penetration testing necessitates specialised knowledge and skills not found in traditional penetration testing. Cloud penetration testing, for example, would look at the security of cloud-specific setups, cloud system passwords, cloud apps and encryption, as well as APIs, databases, and storage access. The Shared Responsibility Model, which defines who is responsible for the components inside a cloud infrastructure, platform, or software, has an impact on cloud penetration testing.

What are the benefits of cloud penetration testing?

Organizations may use cloud penetration testing to improve their entire cloud security, avert breaches, and achieve compliance. Furthermore, enterprises will have a better awareness of their cloud assets, including how attack-resistant existing cloud security is and whether vulnerabilities exist.
In the context of the shared responsibility paradigm, cloud penetration testing focuses on the security of the cloud rather than the security of the cloud itself. The security of some cloud components stays under the control and administration of the cloud service provider (CSP), while the security of other components is the responsibility of the client, as shown in the diagram below. A customer's "service level agreement" (SLA) specifies the type and extent of cloud penetration testing that is permitted, as well as the frequency with which it may be performed.

What are the different types and methods of cloud penetration testing?

Attack, breach, operability, and recovery concerns in a cloud context will all be investigated during cloud penetration testing. The following are examples of several forms of cloud penetration testing:

  • Black Box Penetration Testing—An attack scenario in which the cloud penetration testers don't know anything about your cloud systems and don't have access to them.
  • Grey Box Penetration Testing—Cloud penetration testers have a limited understanding of users and systems and may be given restricted administrative access.
  • White Box Penetration Testing—Cloud penetration testers have access to cloud systems at the admin or root level.

A Cloud Configuration Review might be part of a cloud pentest.

What is our methodology?

The cloud perimeter, internal cloud environments, and on-premise cloud management, administration, and development infrastructure are the three areas of focus for security experts doing cloud penetration testing. Cloud Penetration in Stages
Evaluation, exploitation, and remediation are the three steps of cloud penetration testing.

Stage 1

Assessment—Cloud penetration testing professionals conduct cloud security discovery tasks, such as determining cloud security requirements, current cloud SLAs, risks, and potential vulnerability exposures.

Stage 2

Exploitation—Using the information gathered during the review, testing specialists combine it with any appropriate penetration testing procedures to identify exploitable flaws. This emphasis will evaluate the attack resistance of your cloud infrastructure, the scope of your security monitoring, and the efficacy of your detection capabilities.

Stage 3

Remediation Verification—Cloud penetration testers conduct a follow-up assessment to check that the remediation and mitigation actions from the exploitation phase were correctly executed. The testers can also check that the customer's security posture is compliant with industry standards.

How can DigiAlert help you?

There are a few pointers to keep in mind to guarantee that your cloud penetration testing with DigiAlert yields the best possible security results:
Work with an experienced cloud penetration testing provider—While many of the procedures used in cloud penetration testing are similar to those used in traditional penetration testing, cloud penetration testing requires a separate set of skills and expertise.
Understand the Shared Obligation Model—The Shared Responsibility Model governs cloud systems and identifies the areas of responsibility that belong to both the client and the cloud service provider (CSP).
Understand any CSP Service Level Agreements (SLAs) or "Rules of Engagement"—The SLA for your cloud service provider will specify the "rules of engagement" for any penetration testing using their cloud services.
Define your cloud's scope—Know what components are included in your cloud assets to identify the complete extent of cloud penetration testing that will be required.
Determine the type of testing that will be performed—Determine the form of cloud penetration testing (white box, grey box, or black box) your company need.
Establish clear objectives and timetables for your security team and a third-party cloud pentesting firm— Receipt of reports, remediations, and follow-up testing needs are all duties of your corporation and the external cloud penetration testing organisation.
Establish a breach or live attack protocol—If the cloud penetration testing business discovers that your firm has already been penetrated or is currently under assault, have a strategy in place.

Why choose us?

An authorised simulated cyber-attack against a system housed on a Cloud provider, such as DigiAlert, is known as Cloud Penetration Testing.
A cloud penetration test's main purpose is to identify a system's flaws and strengths so that its security posture may be appropriately appraised.
Before you start the cloud penetration testing process, take some time to learn about the breadth of your cloud services and assets, the shared responsibility model, and how to effectively conduct cloud penetration testing in the context of your organization's risks and duties.
Because cloud penetration testing necessitates a specialised degree of expertise and experience, consider partnering with a cloud security company who specialises in cloud penetration testing. To assist you identify your cloud penetration testing needs, schedule a tailored security consultation with one of the DigiAlert Security specialists now.

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