A physical penetration test assesses all physical security controls, including locks, fences, security guards, cameras, and other security measures. During a physical penetration test, attempts to thwart these controls to gain physical access to restricted areas, identify sensitive data, and gain an entry to a network.
A physical penetration test assesses the risk of an attacker physically breaking into your organization. Physical threats that could be simulated include bypassing door locks, stealing devices, or using social engineering to convince an employee to let them inside a server room.
While many businesses do an excellent job of protecting their network and applications against the threat of a virtual cyber-attack, many organizations don’t consider the risk associated with a possible physical attack on their locations.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, no cybersecurity professionals can claim to provide true information security or effective security controls without strong physical security. RedTeam Security’s physical penetration test experts know exactly how bad actors gain physical access to sensitive, secured areas. They use this experience to provide recommendations to improve access controls and, therefore, overall security posture.
You will realize two main benefits from Red Team’s Physical Penetration Testing Services:
RedTeam Security’s physical pen testing solution uncovers real-world vulnerabilities in the physical barriers and the systems that support them, meant to protect employees, sensitive information, and expensive hardware. Physical pen test specialists create simulated attacks that mimic criminals’ actions to gain unauthorized access to sensitive equipment, data centers, or sensitive information. Some tested barriers might include doors and locks, fences, intrusion alarms, or even security guards and other employees. A RedTeam ethical hacker may leverage social engineering techniques to convince well-intentioned employees to provide building access that they should not have. They might even gain access to a meeting room and pick up credentials, access badges, or information left unattended.
RedTeam Security teams know precisely how criminals might access computer systems and buildings. A security consultant may rely upon any or all these methods to gain access to the specified locations during a physical penetration test and identify damage that could be done once that access is gained. A security consultant will take photos of:
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While businesses have focused on securing networks, apps, and computers against online attacks, 42 percent of security professionals say that they’re very concerned about physical threats that could range from an attacker kicking in a door to simply convincing a credentialed employee to let them in. The most robust online security systems will not protect businesses against physical or hybrid attacks.
One recent survey revealed 28% of respondents saw an increase in physical security incidents in 2021, up from 20% of respondents in 2020. While a physical security incident could simply mean theft of a single laptop, companies end up losing much more than laptops or phones; they also lose data and credentials. As the Coplin Health Systems breach of 2018 taught us, even the theft of a single unencrypted laptop can mean the exposure of 43,000 patient names, social security number, financial data, addresses, dates of birth, and medical data.
Another threat to physical devices that can have devastating results comes from USB thumb drive attacks. For example, criminals will leave infected USB drives in parking lots for unsuspecting employees to retrieve and plug into their work devices. This happened at a secure U.S. Army base in the Middle East, and the virus spread through both unsecured and secured systems in multiple countries.
Physical penetration testing allows your organization with a chance to uncover and remediate any physical security vulnerabilities. Get started by scheduling an appointment to discuss concerns with a RedTeam Security consultant online or call (952) 836-2770. RedTeam Security can also provide security teams for network, application, and online social engineering attacks.
All brick-and-mortar businesses should assess their security through physical penetration tests. Organizations should focus heavily on their physical penetration tests include:
To prepare for physical penetration testing, you need to:
Depending on the size of the penetration test, it could take as little as two to three weeks.
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