Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) is a simulated real-world attack against an infrastructure or application targeted at finding security weaknesses and examining the existing security status of the IT system. The test tries to find vulnerabilities which are then exploited using the proof-of-concept principle. Such a test is usually conducted in the following four phases:
The first phase, reconnaissance, involves the gathering of information of a system set for assessment. Following data collection, the second phase, enumeration, kicks in. In this phase, identification of potential entry points into the system is performed.
Upon successful identification, the third phase, exploitation, comes into effect. During this time, testers will actively attempt to exploit security weaknesses. In the event of a compromised system, an expanded attack scope will be carried out. The last phase, documentation, ensures that every procedure and effect is recorded so that they can be reconstructed in detail
VAPT puts your IT systems and security measures to test for vulnerabilities against the potential external and internal threats. A combination of automated and manual tests put the IT systems through various simulated scenarios that potential hackers may exploit to gain access to your information. Based on the findings, a detailed risk assessment report is delivered along with actions required to mitigate the risk. Revalidation can be performed to ensure closure of the identified vulnerabilities.
TÜV SÜD’s VAPT services are designed and delivered to achieve enhanced security and added economic value for your business. The precise scope of VAPT and the approach adopted, are customised to your requirements. The scope covers all aspects of IT infrastructure. Based on your requirements, you can avail any of the services, individually or in combination.
The scope of VAPT covers all levels of IT systems and access points
- Web applications: This involves thorough scrutiny of web applications to find out vulnerabilities and exploit them when accessed from multiple devices and locations. Testing is conducted to rate your security and a remedial plan is extended to mitigate the risks. The test is carried out in accordance with various guidelines such as OWASP, SANS 25, PCI DSS.
- Network testing: Unauthorised network and data access are the key risks that are evaluated under network testing. VAPT and configuration review will be performed for routers, switches, firewalls, and wireless access points. Based on the findings, remedial measures will be recommended.
- IT systems: This includes testing the external and internal systems such as servers, endpoints, databases, security systems and IOT devices that can be accessed from within and outside the organisation and propose measures to deal with risks. The test is carried out in accordance with OSSTMM.
- Mobile applications: We follow OWASP guidelines for testing mobile apps for all platforms including Android, iOS and Windows systems. Our tests detect vulnerabilities in mobile applications that can be easily exploited, leading to manipulation of systems and access to personal information stored on these devices.
Though organisations today have ramped up their IT risk management strategies, they face a constant need to evaluate their existing cyber security measures as the threat landscape keeps on altering dynamically.
TÜV SÜD’s state-of-the-art penetration testing laboratory, located at Mumbai, India is fully-equipped with biometric access and dedicated connectivity to ensure 100% client data privacy. Our cyber security team comprises of certified penetration testers, capable of carrying out advanced simulations to determine security weaknesses.
We deploy standardised global delivery processes to provide penetration testing services across the globe. The report is presented in a standard TÜV SÜD reporting format with details of the testing performed, vulnerabilities unearthed and recommended fixes. By addressing these security flaws found through VAPT, you can then be assured of the best possible protection against attacks from criminal hackers.