Penetration Testing

Carolinas IT works with Trace Security to perform penetration testing for a variety of organizations including health departments, financial institutions, and municipalities.

What is penetration testing?
Penetration testing is designed to simulate a real-world attack using the tools and techniques employed by actual hackers. It
provides realistic examples of how a real hacker could compromise sensitive data.

Why should you conduct a penetration test?
Conducting a penetration test will allow you to discover the vulnerabilities in your IT infrastructure and correct them before they can be exploited by hackers and other hostile forces. Designed to evaluate the effectiveness of your existing security measures, these tests mimic the action of an actual attacker exploiting weaknesses in network security without the usual dangers. The internal penetration test examines internal IT systems for any weakness that could be used to disrupt the confidentiality, availability, or integrity of the network. The external penetration test examines external IT systems in the same manner.

To ensure the security of your internal networks, best practices recommend that you perform internal and external penetration tests in addition to regular security assessments. Penetration tests are different from vulnerability assessments because they exploit vulnerabilities to determine what information is actually exposed.

Penetration tests follow documented best practices for security testing methodology including:

  • Scoping and rules of engagement
  • Analysis and identification of attack vectors
  • Exploit testing and penetration attacking
  • Immediate notification of critical risks