White Box Penetration Testing Services

  Serious security flaws have been discovered in products, such as drug infusion pumps, used in hospitals throughout the world.  The security flaws in the drug infusion pumps aka IV Pumps could have allowed attackers to remotely administer deadly doses.

Serious security flaws have been discovered in products, such as drug infusion pumps, used in hospitals throughout the world.  The security flaws in the drug infusion pumps aka IV Pumps could have allowed attackers to remotely administer deadly doses.

As ethical (white hat) hackers, we emulate an attacker by utilizing similar techniques to perform reconnaissance, identify vulnerabilities, and break into your systems. Unlike an attacker, however, we stop our test before exposing sensitive data or doing harm to your environment.  With a White Box Penetration Test, we test a system with "administrator" or "root" level access and knowledge.  This often includes access to architecture diagrams, design documents, specifications, and source code.  A White Box Penetration Test is the most thorough and time consuming.

A White Box Penetration Test is commonly used in the following scenarios:

  • An organization is developing their own product
  • An organization is developing their own software application
  • An organization is integrating several products or applications 

If you are developing your own product or application, accessible over a computer network (wired or wireless), you should have it thoroughly tested to ensure it is not "hackable".  White Box Penetration Testing is extremely important with devices that process, store, or transmit sensitive data and for devices involved with critical infrastructure, such as Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.  White Box Penetration Testing should also be a priority for devices used in healthcare or hospital environments where a compromised device could result in a violation of patient privacy, such as the release of Protected Health Information (PHI), or even become a threat to a patient, such as the compromise of drug infusion pump.

 Controls on a SCADA Network in a Nuclear Power Plant

Controls on a SCADA Network in a Nuclear Power Plant

If you are performing systems or product integration, White Box Penetration Testing is equally important, especially if you are responsible for the integration of components from multiple vendors.  We have found numerous bugs and flaws in components that were designed and developed by a supplier for an integrated critical system.

Methodology

We follow a seven phase methodology designed to maximize our efficiency, minimize risk, and provide complete and accurate results. The overarching seven phases of the methodology are:

  1. Planning and Preparation
  2. Reconnaissance / Discovery
  3. Vulnerability Enumeration / Analysis
  4. Initial Exploitation
  5. Expanding Foothold / Deeper Penetration
  6. Cleanup
  7. Report Generation

BENEFITS / RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI)

$6.5 million is the average total cost of a data breach

$217 is the average cost per lost or stolen record
— 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study: United States (Ponemon Institute Research Report)

We think it is better to have an ethical hacker find the holes into your enterprise than an adversary or insider.  Our Penetration Testing provides details on exploitable vulnerabilities in a prioritized, tangible manner.  Our report allows you to better understand what your device, application, or system looks like from an attacker perspective.  This helps you prioritize efforts to mitigate risk to reduce breach likelihood or damage.

Our Penetration Testing services also help you meet compliance audit requirements such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, and FISMA.

Deliverable

The White Box Penetration Test Report includes the devices and systems tested, vulnerabilities discovered, steps taken during the assessment, exploitable areas discovered, and prioritized recommendations.  For any systems we are able to exploit, an “Attack Narrative” section is used to discuss step-by-step the process we used to gain access, escalate privileges, etc.

Interested in a White Box Penetration Test against your devices, systems, or applications?

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