Simulation of targeted attacks by UpRaqx team, to identify vulnerabilities in IT infrastructure.


Penetration test also called PENTEST is a security assessment, analysis, and series of simulated attacks on an application or network to assess its security. The objective of the PENTEST is to penetrate right through the network security defenses while looking for vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities discovered through the PENTEST are usually flaws that an attacker can take advantage of to breach confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a business’s IT data.

When UpRaqx performs a pentest for businesses, they get a holistic output consisting of a list of vulnerabilities, the amount of risk those vulnerabilities possess to IT data and a concluding report elaborating on the executive summary of the testing, information on its methodology, and recommendations for remediation. The flaws found during the pentest can be used to improve the security policies of businesses, identify weaknesses across applications, and strengthen the entire security posture.

Pentest helps to meet the following goals

Determine whether a regular employee has access to confidential information

Analyze the vulnerabilities in information security and how they can be exploited.

Check to see if a staff member can escalate their own privileges

Prepare recommendations for dealing with detected vulnerabilities

Verify that the local network can be accessed from the outside


Testing methods are developed specifically for each client and must be approved. However, best industry practices, such as NIST SP800-115 and OSSTMM, are always followed as a guide.

Main pentest goals

  • Test of the information security of the organization.
  • Standards and regulations to be followed.
    For example: organizations that process payment card data must check their compliance with PCI DSS Requirement 11.3. The test scope must cover the whole perimeter of the cardholder data environment.
  • Manual testing
    when a pentester tries to compromise protection by using the browser's address bar and exploiting vulnerabilities in operating systems, software, hardware, etc.

    Vulnerability scanner
    such as Nessus or Burp Suite can detect "holes" in applications, operating systems and corporate networks

    Professional software
    such as utilities from the Kali Linux distribution: Metasploit, Nmap, etc.

    Testing stages

    Step 1

    External Security Analysis - Black Box model

    The specialists at organize attacks using the Internet through the customer’s public resources.

    Step 2

    Internal Security Analysis—Grey Box or White Box model

    A VPN connection is used to access the customer’s internal network, and attacks are made using ordinary staff rights.

    Step 3

    Preparing a pentest report

    In the report, we describe the test methodology, test objects, and found vulnerabilities, along with recommendations on how to address them.


    The opportunity to avoid incidents that can affect the company’s reputation and threaten customer safety.

    Simulate all known types of attacks using up-to-date tools.

    Taking steps to reduce the risk of information leaks and unauthorized access.

    Standard compliance with PCI DSS and other regulations.

    This is not a theoretical security test, but a practical one.

    A comprehensive system for detecting critical threats to data security.

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