Penetration Testing

At Schneider Downs, our Penetration Testing services build on the foundation of our other security services, namely the External Footprint Analysis and Vulnerability Scanning.  The aim of our penetration testing methodology is not only to identify vulnerabilities, but also to assess whether vulnerabilities and other potential misconfigurations are actually exploitable and what risks they ultimately represent in an organization’s overall IT security posture. 

A penetration test will help your organization build resilience against cyber-attacks and prioritize vulnerability remediation efforts.

Detailed Approach to Penetration Testing

Schneider Downs’ security professionals take a holistic approach to penetration testing.  The penetration test will simulate the actions of an internal/external attacker and will attempt to exploit vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in critical systems to gain access to sensitive data.

Testing is done by our team of experienced professionals, who perform controlled, simulated attacks to mimic the actions perpetrated by malicious hackers. Our professionals are experienced in identifying security gaps that hackers currently use and anticipate the avenues hackers are likely to exploit in specific situations.

During our testing,, we will lean on information gathered from port scans, vulnerability scans, and other open source intelligence-gathering methods. Our testing team will identify the best possible vectors or avenues of attack and will execute an overall intrusion strategy based on widely accepted industry practices that mimic real-life attack methodologies. Based on the information we uncover during the exploitation process and manual discovery, we will vary the tools and approach we use to simulate the most realistic actions of a hacker.

Our security professionals will be in constant communication with your designated project lead during the project lifecycle. Ultimately, we will deliver a detailed report with findings and actionable recommendations that are documented and describe verified vulnerabilities for systems, applications, operating systems, hardware, devices and any other components that are in scope.