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What is cloud penetration testing?

Cloud penetration testing identifies potential security vulnerabilities in an organisation's cloud-based systems and applications - for example, Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure. The goal of cloud penetration testing is to determine the overall effectiveness of existing security controls, as well as identifying and providing actionable remediation advice for any weaknesses that could be exploited by cybercriminals.

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Why is cloud penetration testing important?

Cloud penetration testing is an important way to identify vulnerabilities and potential threats. By constantly tuning and testing your systems, you can be sure that they are as secure as possible.

In addition, cloud penetration testing can help you to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new threats. By identifying weaknesses in your system, you can be sure that you are prepared for anything that comes your way.

In today's ever-changing business landscape, cloud penetration testing is an essential part of keeping your business safe.

Types of cloud penetration services

There are three main types of cloud penetration testing: black box, white box, and grey box, which refer to the level of knowledge and access the tester has to the system being tested.

Black box penetration testing

  • Black box testing simulates external attackers.

  • Testers have no prior knowledge or access.

  • Identify vulnerabilities with limited information.

Grey box penetration testing

  • A combination of both black and white.
  • Testers have limited knowledge or access.

  • Identify vulnerabilities with partial information.

White box penetration testing

  • White box testing uses full knowledge of the system.

  • Testers have access to source code and architecture.

  • Identify vulnerabilities with complete information.

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How is cloud penetration testing different from traditional penetration testing?

Cloud Penetration testing is a type of security test that is used to identify vulnerabilities in cloud-based systems. Unlike traditional penetration testing, which is typically done on-premises, cloud penetration testing can be conducted from anywhere in the world.

This makes it an ideal way to test the security of cloud-based systems, which are often more difficult to secure than on-premises systems.

How do I remediate cloud penetration testing findings?

There are a number of different approaches that can be taken to remediate cloud penetration testing findings. One option is to provide training for your staff, such as cyber security awareness training so that they are aware of the risks and know how to respond in the event of an attack.

Another option is to implement security controls such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems. However, perhaps the most effective approach is to take a proactive stance and conduct regular penetration tests so that you can identify and fix vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. By taking these steps, you can help to keep your data safe and secure.

How much does cloud penetration testing cost?

While the cost of cloud penetration testing can vary depending on the scope and complexity of the assessment, it is typically much less expensive than traditional penetration testing. This is because cloud-based systems are often less complex than on-premises solutions, and they generally have fewer moving parts.

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