Think Like a Hacker: Common Vulnerabilities Found in Wireless Pen Tests

From hand-held wireless devices to wireless networks, your organization probably depends on the convenience and accessibility of wireless devices to conduct business – but wireless devices are just as likely as any other technology to be compromised by hackers. Do you know what vulnerabilities your wireless devices, applications, and networks are up against? In this short webinar, KirkpatrickPrice expert pen tester, Mark Manousogianis, discusses the most common vulnerabilities found in wireless applications and how pen testing can keep them secure.

Common Ways Wireless Devices, Applications, and Networks are Exploited

Wireless devices were intended to make everyday life easier, but the vulnerabilities that persist within wireless devices, applications, and networks makes using such tools risky. Knowing the common ways wireless devices, applications, and networks are exploited, though, can give you the head start you need to prepare against advancing threats. When introducing any wireless device, application, or network to your environment, be wary of the following:

  • Default SSIDs and passwords
  • Access point where tampering can occur
  • Out-of-date firmware
  • Vulnerable wired equivalent privacy (WEP) protocols
  • WPA2 Krack vulnerability
  • WPS attacks
  • Rogue access points
  • Evil twins
  • Man-in-the-Middle attacks

Securing Wireless Technologies with Penetration Testing

There are many ways for malicious hackers to compromise wireless environments and the people who use them. Organizations would be wise to use strong protocols, implement and enforce strong password best practices, keep firmware updated, and educate users regularly on updates and vulnerabilities as baseline, proactive measures for securing wireless technologies. However, while these proactive steps can be used to secure your wireless devices, applications, and networks as much as possible, you will still never know how well they’ll stand against an attack until you’ve submitted them to penetration testing.

How sure are you that you have found all of the vulnerabilities in your wireless devices, applications, and networks? Could there be more you’re unaware of? Watch the full webinar now to learn about common vulnerabilities in wireless devices, applications, and networks or contact us today to speak to one of our Information Security Specialists about our wireless penetration testing services.

What Should You Really Be Penetration Testing?

Pen testing is a valuable investment for any organization – it’s a critical line of defense used to protect and secure your sensitive assets from malicious outsiders. But for organizations that have never undergone pen testing, or for those who have never even heard of penetration testing before, it’s understandable why you would have questions like: What is pen testing? What parts of my organization should be undergoing penetration testing? Who should I hire to perform my pen testing? In this webinar, KirkpatrickPrice’s President, Joseph Kirkpatrick, will answer these questions and more.

What is Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing is a form of permission-based ethical hacking in which a tester attempts to gain access to an organization’s people, systems, or locations. The purpose of pen testing is to find vulnerabilities that could potentially be exploited by a malicious hacker as part of your ongoing risk management practices. However, often times, either out of ignorance or deceit, we see firms pass off vulnerability scans as penetration testing. Let’s be clear: vulnerability scans are not penetration tests. Vulnerability scans are great for discovering low-hanging fruit, but they should not be confused with an advanced, manual penetration test. Vulnerability scanners are only capable of matching patterns and definitions and are unable to find flaws that require human logic and comprehension. This is why investing in penetration testing, in conjunction with running vulnerability scans, is necessary.

What Should You Be Penetration Testing?

In order to know what your organization needs to pen test, you need to identify which assets in your organization are susceptible to cyberattacks and the financial, reputational, and legal implications if those assets were to be compromised. Assets that your organization should consider pen testing might include:

  • Call Center
  • People
  • Records Facility
  • Internet of Things
  • Corporate Office
  • Data Center
  • Wireless Connections
  • Externally Facing Applications
  • Internally Facing Applications
  • Mobile Applications
  • Computers

Ultimately, your organization should be penetration testing any asset that you want to make stronger. If you’re ready to embark on your pen testing journey, download the full webinar to learn more or contact us today to speak to an Information Security Specialist.

Think Like a Hacker: Common Vulnerabilities Found in Networks

Let’s face it: anything connected to the Internet is at risk of being compromised, which means that organizations like yours must understand the types of vulnerabilities in your internal and external networks that could be exploited by a malicious hacker. If you’re interested in learning about common ways your networks may be compromised by a malicious hacker, remediation tactics for mitigating threats facing your internal and external networks, and how to continue to stay abreast of cyber threats with KirkpatrickPrice’s penetration testing services, watch the full webinar now.

What’s the Difference Between Internal and External Networks?

In order to protect your organization’s networks, you must first know the difference between internal and external networks and what systems and devices are connected to them. Are client workstations, internal services (DCs, mail, DB), routers, firewalls, fax machines, and/or printers part of your internal network? Do you have WAFs, web applications, or external services (e.g. FTP, SFTP, or Mail) in your external network environment? Ultimately, internal network environments primarily act as the domain for internal users to access your organization’s internal assets they need to function. External network environments, on the other hand, are more often available to the outside world (e.g. for a partner or client to access).

Common Vulnerabilities in Networks: Configuration Problems

In both internal and external networks, KirkpatrickPrice expert penetration testers often find issues due to misconfigurations. Considering this, they encourage organizations to be weary about leaving default passwords and/or using weak passwords on things like appliances, internal applications, network accounts, or even printers, scanners, and fax machines. To prevent your networks from being compromised due to misconfiguration issues, our pen testers explain that regularly testing your configurations is critical, as well as undergoing at least an annual penetration test.

How sure are you that you have found all of the vulnerabilities in your networks? Could there be more you’re unaware of? Watch the full webinar now to learn about common vulnerabilities in networks or contact us today to speak to one of our Information Security Specialists about our internal and external network penetration testing services.

Onsite Audits for Cloud Environments

Do you provide cloud solution services? Or, does your organization utilize the services of cloud providers? At KirkpatrickPrice, we understand that it’s important to recognize the value of cloud environments and technology, while also understanding the risk that is coupled with storing data in the cloud. Whether you provide the cloud service or use it for your business, you should know that the services are secure – and that includes auditing both the virtual and physical environments used to provide cloud services. In this webinar, KirkpatrickPrice Lead Practitioner, Mike Wise, discusses why onsite visits are the smart choice for cloud environments.

Why Onsite Audits are Necessary for Cloud Environments

The assumption that everything is based in the cloud is simply not true. Not only is it inaccurate, it is harmful to an organization to believe an onsite analysis of its security controls is a waste of time. While your data may be stored in the cloud, your physical security processes, onsite technologies, and personnel who process the data are not in the cloud. Think about it: how many processes related to your cloud environment aren’t actually in the cloud? For example:

  • You can’t manage the cloud from the cloud. Who is responsible for managing it? Where does that oversight take place? How is it secured?
  • Development and DevOps activity don’t take place in the cloud. How do you ensure that the changes you’re making to your cloud environment are secure? Who is in charge of overseeing changes and implementation?
  • Human resources, onboarding, training, team meetings, stand-ups – they don’t take place in the cloud. How are you training your personnel about cloud security?
  • Governance and compliance don’t take place in the cloud. How could this impact the security of your cloud environment?

Overcoming the misconception that everything is in the cloud is necessary if you want to make sure that the cloud environment your organization uses is secure. To learn more about why onsite audits are necessary for cloud environments, about shifting the risk when migrating to the cloud, and about how different cloud models impact your security efforts, download the full webinar now or contact us today to speak to one of our cloud experts.

Executive Insight into the Importance of Penetration Testing

You’ve seen hacking portrayed in Hollywood films, but have you seen how hackers can be an ally in your fight for security? Ethical hacking plays a key role in identifying what malicious outsiders are planning against your organization’s sensitive assets. If you’ve been wondering about the trends in penetration testing and how other organizations utilize these tests to creatively improve security, download this full webinar to hear from KirkpatrickPrice’s President, Joseph Kirkpatrick, as he discusses creative approaches to penetration testing, how executives use penetration testing to evaluate security effectiveness, and how to overcome fears and misconceptions about penetration testing.

Getting the Most Out of Your Penetration Test

When organizations invest in penetration testing, they’re likely looking for a quality, thorough third party who is able to uncover vulnerabilities that their teams can’t or wouldn’t find and provide remediation strategies and guidance to improve security. In order to do so, though, penetration testers must go beyond routine approaches to ethical hacking, like walk throughs and merely passing reports presentations to committees, and instead employ creative methods, like advanced social engineering methodologies used by KirkpatrickPrice penetration testers.

For example, when KirkpatrickPrice penetration testers begin an engagement, they’ll be sure to do their due diligence when it comes to reconnaissance. Our pen testers will stimulate real-life hacks by:

  • Using online research via the Dark Web
  • Entering a physical location using methods like tailgating or copying badges
  • Using pre-text calling
  • Using spear-phishing

By employing such creative means to test an organization’s security, executives will gain a greater holistic insight into the security of their organization, and they’ll be better prepared and empowered to make decisions about improving the organization’s security hygiene.

Do you want to make sure your organization is getting the most out of your penetration testing results? Are you ready to learn how executives can use the findings of a penetration test to better improve organizational security hygiene? Download the full webinar now or contact us today to speak to an Information Security Specialist.