Cost-effective Penetration Testing
In the last couple of years, there has been a general improvement in much of the world’s economic prospects. However there has been a decline in the per capita income of several developing countries.
As service providers, we at UTMVAULT understand the economic challenges we face in today’s world. However, the validation of IT systems’ security within each organization should not fall victim to the times despite the choices that must be taken to uphold the institutional viability within each organization.
Our qualified staff have, over the years, acquired experience in performing IT review and testing services as well as working on security assessment of internal networks and systems in over one hundred financial institutions across the world.
Based on our experience with the afore mentioned financial institutions, we have been able to see a variety of prices and descriptions of “penetration testing services”, ranging from the use of simple tools, to multi-layered tests on the penetration and exploitation of the vulnerabilities found, entailing days or weeks of work. This in turn has allowed us to notice how prices can dramatically vary with respect to the different service providers.
It was through the understanding of the above that inspired us to create UTMVAULT, a product that would offer the same quality service at a price for much less than the industry standard. This allows us to be able to stand against the market’s competition yet at the same time provide an invaluable service. Taking all aspects into account we made a decision to value its “penetration testing service” at a price of only $ 995
In order to clear any possible doubts you may have regarding the “penetration testing service” we offer, the following is a compiled list of the most frequently asked questions that usually come from our clientele. Also, please feel free to go through our terms and conditions for further information.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This service is a test designed to detect vulnerabilities against external penetration, which may or may not exploit the vulnerabilities detected during the process. This covers up to 25 IP (Internet Protocol) addresses owned or controlled by your organization. In order to implement this service, you must assign it to the IP addresses on which you want the tests to be performed. These will be performed using our automated testing solutions toolkit.
In IT security jargon, the term ‘penetration test’ is used to refer to tests that are run on a system with the aim of actively detecting vulnerabilities. A penetration test can be exploitative or non-exploitative. A non-exploitative test is one where the penetration test only goes as far as discovering the system’s vulnerabilities and later on informs your organization as to the presence of those vulnerabilities, an exploitative test on the other hand is one that goes a little further beyond the mere detection of vulnerabilities. It demonstrates the ways in which an external entity might be able to exploit your organization’s vulnerabilities.
The representative tools we have used with our customers include Metasploit, OWASP, among others that come preinstalled inside the Kali Linux distribution we use for our tests. The tool or tools that is selected to perform the task may vary and is suited to the organization’s respective security specialist or expert’s perception, since they are accurately assessed according to the environment in which they are going to be used. As a rule, we will only use subscription-based tools, to guarantee the updating of files and consequently, ease the detection of recently arisen vulnerabilities.
As a general rule of thumb and in line with good maintenance practices, it is recommended that organizations perform a penetration test after any change in the configuration of their security servers, or as a result of the installation of any new foreign acquired hardware. An external penetration test is the only way to effectively verify that the said changes did not result in the creation of new vulnerabilities. Our $995 service fee covers the performance of a single test at a time of your choosing. We also offer more frequent testing intervals at a discounted price per test performed. Periodic testing for external penetration also has the advantage of demonstrating the efficacy of your systems’ general monitoring programs in front of regulating authorities.
Looking at the variability of existing prices for this service and the existing competitiveness, we decided to create an offer that could compete with the rest of the suppliers, based on the value and needs of the institutions. We think that setting the price at $ 995, serves to be competitive and affordable for our customers, especially considering the current economic climate.
Generally, we carry out penetration tests within a week prior to having signed a commitment letter with the client. In the instance where the client needs an urgent test they can let us know so we can immediately tend to their needs.
We issue a formal report of all of our review services. This report will include a general description of the outcomes of the test, as well as any recommendations that maybe made regarding the possible solutions. A copy of the complete results of the test will be attached to that report. In order to maintain a standard format we issue all our reports in electronic format (PDF) through our email. It usually takes us about a weeks’ time to publish the report having passed it through our internal quality control function, however, expedited issuance of reports is available upon advance request. You can feel free to contact us if you would like to receive a sample report of the external penetration test.
Certainly. You just need to request an estimate, in order for us to elaborate a personalized proposal of your particular environment, and the quantity of addresses that are going to be tested. We do frequently provide tests for organizations with more than 25 different IP addresses; however, we find that most companies have less than 25 addresses requiring testing, which is why we have established our price rate at this level.
After a penetration testing is performed and the client fixes the vulnerabilities found, we can perform an additional penetration testing to determine if the fixes applied resolved the vulnerabilities reported.
The Penetration testing will not only include details of critical vulnerabilities but also recommendations of best practices and a list of all tests performed.