Why is AWS Penetration Testing Important?
AWS penetration tests are different from regular assessments, as they have their own set of validations specific to the 90+ services offered by the platform. While some vulnerabilities are managed and mitigated by Amazon, the immense flexibility that is provided to the users in setting up the environment, their assets and their user permissions creates many vulnerabilities that can have a critical impact on your business. These assessments focus on your organization’s configurations of various assets and components within your infrastructure to identify potential misconfigurations and flaws that could lead, for example, to user privilege escalation, allowing attackers to gain administrative access.
Traditional Pentest vs AWS Penetration Test
The AWS platform has a great deal of powerful APIs that are leveraged to access and process assets. Deeply integrated into the AWS ecosystem, our AWS certified specialists test for a range of AWS-specific misconfigurations, including the following:
EC2 instances and applications
AWS IAM user access keys
Cloudtrail logs obfuscation
Lambda backdoor functions
S3 bucket configurations and permissions
AWS APIs & Cloudfront
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Our Penetration Testing Process
We work with you to scope the project properly and make sure that your proposal meets your expectations.
Our specialists simulate the attack methodologies of today's most advanced hackers to identify your vulnerabilities.
A comprehensive report offering clear and practical advice on how to address each identified vulnerability.
The report is presented to your stakeholders to ensure full comprehension of our findings and recommendations.
- Executive summary presenting the main observations and recommendations.
- Vulnerability matrix prioritised by risk level.
- Vulnerabilities details including the following:
- Risk Level based on potential impact and exploitability.
- Fixes & Recommendations to fix the identified vulnerabilities.
- References to external resources to facilitate the implementation of our recommendations.
- Technical details such as screenshots, system traces, logs, etc.
- Appendix detailing complementary technical information.
- Methodology used during the project. (based on recognized standards)
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We have created a set of virtual images containing all the tools needed to assess the security of AWS environments. For example, we can easily create a virtual machine or provide an OVA / OVF file that can be downloaded with all of our preloaded tools, which avoids delays.
We then connect to the test virtual machine and evaluate the systems or applications within your AWS hosting.
Our specialists test the security of a variety of AWS-specific configurations, including the following:
• EC2 Instance and Application Exploitation
• Attempts to target and compromise AWS AMI keys
• Test of the S3 compartment configuration and authorization flaws
• Establish Private Cloud Access via Lambda Functions
• Cover tracks by obscuring CloudTrail event logs
For each project, we will technically determine your requirements and set the time needed to complete the work. We will then provide a detailed proposal containing the necessary budget for the project and the efforts that will be made by our specialists within the project.
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Our services are based on a complete methodology that we provide with each project proposal. This proposal describes the test steps and all the requirements to perform the test.
Our application penetration test methodology complies with OWASP standards, which is the industry standard for application security.
It is recommended that you perform an AWS penetration test once a year as cyber threats and attack scenarios are constantly evolving.
If major changes are made to the infrastructure or if new applications are developed, it is recommended to perform additional tests. This ensures that recent changes do not introduce new vulnerabilities into the environment.
Some compliance standards, such as ISO 27001 or PCI DSS, require some test frequency to remain compliant. (For example, the PCI-DSS 11.3.x Requirements requires a penetration test to be performed each year or following each major change to the infrastructure)