A survey conducted in 2020 uncovered that the biggest challenge when it came to cloud-based vulnerability management was compliance and auditing. 52% of those interviewed said they were having issues with auditing security issues, which they knew would eventually lead to security breaches.
The dangers of cloud vulnerabilities can be categorized into two types: technical and non-technical. Technical risks include data loss, data breach, system crash, and malicious attacks on the cloud infrastructure. Non-technical risks include privacy issues and data ownership rights
Cloud Penetration Testing is an officially approved simulated cyber-attack on a system hosted on a Cloud provider, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.
A cloud penetration test’s primary goal is to uncover a system’s weaknesses and strengths so that its security posture may be accurately assessed.
A cloud penetration test provides enhanced technical assurance and a deeper awareness of the attack surface to which your systems are vulnerable. Cloud systems, whether infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or software as a service (SaaS), are vulnerable to security misconfigurations, flaws, and threats, just like traditional systems.
Cloud security testing provides you with the following benefits:
Identify all possible entry points into the environment – O365, Web Applications, Storage Blobs, S3 Buckets, SQL/RDS Databases, Azure Automation APIs, AWS APIs, Remote Desktops, VPNs, etc.
This area of testing will examine storage blob permissions and those of subfolders, ensuring that only authenticated and authorised users can access the data within. Examination of databases (either on virtual machines running SQL Server, or running via Azure SQL) for security best practices is also covered.
Azure supports two types of virtual machines – Classic and v2. Testing will ensure that these virtual machines are protected via Network Security Groups (NSGs – analogous to firewalls) and their data is encrypted at rest. Where possible, audits of missing patches and their effects are included. Where virtual machines are publicly accessible, this will lead on to the examination of their external interfaces.
Let us help you identify all knowns and unknowns.