Prevent Cloud Security Vulnerabilities/Misconfigurations
by performing AWS Security Assessments. AWS Security Assesment or penetration testing services are aimed at identifying the configuration and implementation flaws which often go unchecked.
Why managing security in AWS different from traditional infrastructure?
As AWS follows the shared responsibility model, Information security is of paramount importance to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS provides a global secure infrastructure and foundation compute, storage, networking and database services, as well as higher level services. AWS provides a range of security services and features that AWS customers can use to secure their assets. AWS customers are responsible for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their data in the cloud, and for meeting specific business requirements for information protection.
The shared responsibility model for infrastructure services, such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for example, specifies that AWS manages the security of the following assets:
• Physical security of hardware
• Network infrastructure
• Virtualization infrastructure
In this Amazon EC2 example, you are responsible for the security
of the following assets:
• Amazon Machine Images (AMIs)
• Operating systems
• Data in transit
• Data at rest
• Data stores
• Policies and configuration
How is penetration testing for on-premise infrastructure different from AWS Cloud Penetration Testing?
The major difference is AWS owns the underlying infrastructure, which needs AWS approval for performing penetration testing. Penetration testing events are frequently indistinguishable from these activities, AWS has established a policy for its customers to request permission to conduct penetration tests and vulnerability scans to or originating from the AWS environment.
We generally get chased by AWS Security Team for performing penetration testing without their approval as pentesting will provoke incident response actions by the AWS team. There are scenarios where AWS Accounts get suspended for performing penetration tests repeatedly without AWS approval.
To request permission, the user must be logged into the AWS portal using the root credentials associated with the instances we wish to test, otherwise, the form will not pre-populate correctly.
With all our expertise in performing dedicated AWS Pentests, we ensure both a thorough and safe security assessment.
Our penetration testers perform:
-Exploiting AWS Security Misconfigurations
-EC2 instance exploitation
-Targeting and compromising AWS Access keys
-Testing S3 bucket configuration and permissions flaws
-Exploiting Internal AWS Services using Lambda backdoors
Approaches to Cloud Pentesting:
Blackbox Pentesting Assessment:
A black box AWS penetration test requires no previous information and usually takes the approach of an uninformed penetration tester. In a black box penetration test, the penetration tester has no previous information about the target system. The benefits of this type of attack can be a simulation of much realistic attack scenario.
A white box AWS penetration test, a client provides a secured account to the penetration tester. This approach is designed as a more informed, audit-style engagement, and distinct from the black box style. Advantages are Deep and thorough testing, Maximizes testing time, Extends the testing area where black box testing cannot reach.
Schedule Your AWS Penetration Test
Make the process of penetration testing your AWS cloud environment as simple, and efficient as possible by reaching out to us early. We can walk you through the entire process, and it will help us to understand a better idea of your security assessment needs.