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Penetration Testing Münster
Trusted Ethical Hackers Münster
Our certified penetration testers and IT security experts test IT security from the perspective and with the means of a hacker. A pentest is one of the most effective ways to put your IT security through its paces and then eliminate the vulnerabilities discovered.
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Your advantages at a glance
With our penetration tests and security audits, Redlings reliably identifies security vulnerabilities that put our customers at risk. Benefit from our experienced penetration testers.
Our Cyber Security Experts
Over many years, our pentest experts have gained experience in performing technical security audits and penetration tests. Ongoing training and qualifications ensure that they are always up to date with the latest the latest attack techniques.
Who we are
Redlings is a EU/Germany-based company specializing in penetration testing.
With us, you can ensure that your defenses are adequate for the current threats. Through our detailed "hands-on" technical analysis, we can uncover security vulnerabilities that leave customers vulnerable. With our continuous pentesting approach, we work with our customers in the long term to improve the the IT security posture.
Every Redlings pentest is subject to strict guidelines and ethical principles.
Implementation of Security Policy
Are important patches missing or are applications and operating systems not hardened? If your pentesters can show that applications and network areas with good implementation have fewer security vulnerabilities, this often has the effect of motivating them to follow the security guidelines.
Konsequenzen eines Understand Cybersecurity Incidents
Penetration testing gives you unvarnished feedback on the possible consequences of an IT security incident such as a ransomware attack.
Priorisierung von IT-Risiken
With a penetration test you can determine which existing vulnerabilities have the greatest impact on your web applications and network. on your web applications and network. Use your resources and time more efficiently.
Regulations such as PCI-DSS, but also ISO 27001/2 and others, may require regular penetration tests. Some contractual regulations may also contain such a requirement.
Detection of vulnerabilities
Penetration tests attack your network and web applications like a hacker would - but without causing any damage. This allows you to find and fix vulnerabilities before the attackers do.
Protect your most important data and the trust of your customers
Company and customer data is considered the lifeblood of a business and can be extremely damaging in the wrong hands. With a pentest, your company can better protect its data assets and, if possible, prevent attacks.
Increase the effectiveness of your security investments
Often, our penetration testers uncover unused potential of existing security technologies. The performance of security systems can often be significantly increased as a result.
Training of the internal IT team
The results of a pentest support the own team - e.g. system admins - to avoid some error sources in the future. A penetration test can reveal errors in configuration and programming.
Investments in security measures should always be supported with concrete evidence to demonstrate the value to the business. By showing your leadership team the value of an investment, you can justify your need for more resources.
Steps for a Penetration Test
The project schedule is planned and prepared during the joint kick-off meeting. Among other things, the following points will be discussed:
- Contact information exchange
- Start and end date, test time window if applicable
- Confirmation of the exact scope of the project
- Presentation of the test item
- Providing information for the testers (e.g. API documentation in case of an API test)
- Agreement on the test environment and procedures
Penetration Test Execution
Now the security test takes place. Here, it usually consists of one (or more) commissioned test modules.
- Internal Network Penetration Test
- External Network Penetration Test
- Web Application & Web-API penetration test
- Social Engineering
- Active Directory Security Assessment
- Red Teaming
- Wireless Penetration Test
- IoT/Hardware Security Assessment
The test results are compiled in a report. This will include, among others, the sections listed below:
- Short version of the results and presentation of the framework parameters
- List and presentation of the detected security issues with assessment of the risk as well as suggestions for correction
- Detailed documentation of discovered security vulnerabilities
The penetration test and its result are discussed in a final meeting with all parties involved. We understand very well that the discovered and documented security vulnerabilities are only the first step. Concrete measures for the improvement of IT security must be derived and also implemented.
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As a pentester and ethical hacker, we emulate attacks on corporate IT using the same tools and methods that criminal organizations use every day in Münster, Germany, Europe and worldwide.
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A penetration test, or "pentest" for short, is a security check that emulates an attack by a malicious party on a network or application to identify security vulnerabilities. This test is coordinated in advance and conducted in such a way that no system is damaged. At the end of the test, you will receive a report that includes the problems and vulnerabilities found, along with suggestions on how to fix them.
In a white-box test, the pentester receives all relevant information about the target system(s). The advantage is that this approach saves time - and thus costs. It is also generally true that white-box tests are more effective in improving the security of IT systems and should usually be preferred.
Generally speaking, black-box testing can be a suitable means of uncovering security issues against a specification (e.g., a Web API interface), but is very poorly suited to identifying flaws within specific components. In the latter case, white-box testing should be the preferred means.
Admittedly, this is not so easy - if someone tells you that they only work with the best pentesters, this may be difficult to verify.
that they only work with the best pentesters, it may be difficult to verify.
Pentesters with more experience and more extensive training
are often more expensive. Just remember that you get what you pay for.
Beware of pentesters who offer prices that are too good to be true.
They are probably not doing a thorough job.
I suggest looking for penetration testers who have one or - better - several recognized
Among the most respected (and costly) certifications in security circles in the in the field of penetration testing are the certifications of Offensive Security (esp. OSCP - Offensive Security Certified Professional, OSCE - Offensive Security Certified Expert) and SANS/GIAC.
Both penetration testing and automated vulnerability scanning are useful tools for identifying technical risks and security vulnerabilities.
Although they are different testing methods, they complement each other and should both be performed.
A vulnerability scan is an automated, low-cost method for testing common network and server vulnerabilities. This is sometimes referred to as automated pen testing. There are many automated tools available, and most can be easily configured by the end user to scan for published vulnerabilities on a scheduled basis. While an automated vulnerability scan is very efficient and cost-effective at identifying common vulnerabilities such as missing patches, service misconfigurations, and other known vulnerabilities, they are not as accurate at verifying the correctness of vulnerabilities, nor do they fully determine impact through exploitation. Automated scanners are more prone to reporting false positives (falsely reported vulnerabilities) and false negatives (unidentified vulnerabilities, especially those affecting web applications). Automated vulnerability scanning is mandated by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Well-known vulnerability scanners include and OpenVAS. Examples of scanners that specialize in finding web application vulnerabilities are Netsparker Security Scanner and Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner.
A penetration test focuses on the environment as a whole. In many ways, it picks up where scanners leave off to provide a comprehensive analysis of the entire security posture. Although scripts and tools are used by a penetration tester, their use is largely limited to reconnaissance activities. The majority of a penetration test is manual in nature. A penetration test identifies vulnerabilities that scanners cannot detect, such as vulnerabilities in wireless systems, vulnerabilities in web applications, and vulnerabilities that have not yet been disclosed. In addition, a penetration test involves attempts to securely exploit vulnerabilities, escalate privileges, and ultimately demonstrate how an attacker could gain access to sensitive information assets. Penetration testing also often involves the use of company-specific "test scenarios."
Penetration testing and automated vulnerability scans both serve a purpose, and both types of tests belong in a comprehensive vulnerability assessment program. Automated vulnerability scans should be performed at regular intervals, ideally at least weekly, while network penetration tests should be scheduled quarterly or when significant changes to the environment are planned.
This can vary - depending on the type of pentest. However, the following points are often part of the scope or the mutually reached agreement:
- Target systems (IP/host name) or IP address spaces
- Test periods as well as contact persons
Cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, and Google have provided blanket consent forms for certain areas, but this may vary by provider. In principle, one must be available if the systems to be tested are not on your own infrastructure. It is often useful to involve the system managers concerned in the planning process at an early stage so that the "pentest" is not perceived as an attack but as a potential analysis for improving IT security. To be honest, we are not interested in showing that we can hack a company, but to uncover potential for improvement in the IT landscape in a collaborative working atmosphere, deriving and prioritizing measures and improving IT security as effectively and efficiently as possible.
One question that is not asked often enough is how much of the testing is automated
and how much is manual. Automated tools, especially at the beginning of a project, can save
save a pentester a lot of time and their use also depends on the project.
However, experience shows that about 90-95% of the pentest is "manual work".
This is not to say that automated vulnerability scanners do not add value; Vulnerability scans are quick and easy tools that should be used on a regular basis to should be used to identify missing patches or outdated software in larger environments.
Webcasts und aktuelle Beiträge
A network penetration test is a security assessment for your organization's internal or external IT infrastructure and exposed network services.Read More
Web Application Penetration Testing
We examine your web applications and web servers for vulnerabilities.Read More
Cloud Penetration Testing
Cloud Penetration Testing is a security assessment of one or more systems in a cloud environment (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCP).Read More
Scenario Penetration Testing
Assess the effecitvness of your prevention, detection and response capabilities against common adversarial tactics.Read More
Active Directory Security Assessment
An Active Directory Security Assessment includes a forest and domain trust configuration and security review as well as an assessment of conrols for administrative groups and privileged access accounts.Read More
Red Teaming & Purple Teaming
Assess your organisation's threat detection and response capabilities using a emulated cyber attack.Read More
The Redlings Vulnerability Assessment Service helps you better understand and manage your organisation's cybersecurity risks by providing assistance in identifying, classifying and mitigating them.Read More
Social Engineering & Phishing Testing
A Social Engineering Security Assessment may range from simple email phishing to sophisticated campaigns using multiple communication techniques including spearphishing, vishing and on-site engagement.Read More
Redlings provides organizations with top-notch security experts who have years of experience building and running information security programs.Read More
Governance, Risk & Compliance
Our GRC experts can provide you with assistance delivering your information security project.Read More
Our goal is to ensure that your company has fully integrated 'security-by-design' right from the start of the project.Read More