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Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessments

Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessments (sometimes collectively referred to as “pentesting”) measure the ability of your technical environment to withstand an attack launched by an attacker seeking to undermine the security of the infrastructure, systems, or data stored within them. During this type of assessment, Summit’s team of security engineers use a variety of technical tools coupled with manual testing techniques to discover, test, analyze, and describe weaknesses in the environment.

This type of engagement gives clients a detailed understanding of risks within their technical infrastructure.

Common types of technical vulnerability tests performed by Summit:

External Attack Surface Assessment

The purpose of this exercise is to discover and assess infrastructure and systems running at each external network node. Techniques used include footprint analysis and information gathering designed to validate any exposed services. During this exercise, Summit also conducts automated vulnerability scanning at broad, non-invasive levels designed to identify potential vulnerabilities based on services availability at each network node.

Internal Vulnerability Assessment

This type of assessment involves conducting internal scans and reviewing system configurations in order to assess the security posture of systems. This assessment also includes penetration testing, where security engineers attempt to exploit specific vulnerabilities. Any findings that appear to pose an active, critical risk is reported to the client’s management immediately so appropriate steps can be taken.

Wireless Network Security Assessment

This type of assessment is used to identify weaknesses and threats against wireless networks. The focus is on vulnerabilities in the environment and the effectiveness of existing security controls in counteracting the threats.

Security engineers check encryption methods and authentication strength, test “guest” networks for insecure configurations, determine the likelihood that users can be persuaded to connect to malicious access points, and scan for rogue access points in the vicinity of a physical perimeter.

Open-Source Intelligence Engagements

Forgotten subdomains, employee passwords compromised in data breaches, and similarly-named domains can all pose threats to a business. This type of engagement gives clients an understanding of what sort of information is available about their company, employees, and networks, what sort of risk the information’s exposure poses, and how to improve their security posture.

Application-Specific Testing

A specific type of penetration testing or vulnerability assessment, an Application Security Assessment is performed using a set of technical tools and manual testing techniques to examine an application or set of applications for common weaknesses or vulnerabilities that may cause the application to behave in an inappropriate manner, or expose confidential data to unauthorized parties. During this type of testing, we examine applications for weaknesses in design, deployment, and configuration. Common findings often include SQL injection, cross-site scripting, authentication flaws, cryptographic weaknesses, and other vulnerabilities commonly noted in the OWASP Top 10 List of application vulnerabilities. Beyond the OWASP Top 10, Summit Engineers perform a great deal of manual testing, often assisted by source code, application architecture reviews, and threat modeling to generate accurate and actionable results for our clients.

This type of engagement gives clients a detailed understanding of risks within an application.

Common types of application security assessments performed by Summit:

Social Engineering Susceptibility

Whether by malware, such as ransomware or other viruses, or through the use of deceptive techniques such as phishing; social engineering or “hacking the human” is an increasingly common threat vector used by attackers, from script kiddies to organized crime to foreign actors. Sadly, it is very effective.

Summit’s assessment activities can simulate a variety of different social engineering attack scenarios in a safe and constructive manner designed to measure and report on our clients’ ability to fend off a real social engineering attack.

This type of engagement gives clients a detailed understanding of how their staff would respond to an actual social engineering attack against their organization.

Common types of social engineering exercises performed by Summit:


All of our technical testing engagements result in a “Findings Report” deliverable that is shared with our clients. This report documents, in technical detail, vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be exploited to compromise the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of a client’s systems, data, or environment (depending on the scope of the engagement). Our reports are much more than standard automated security tool output. Each report incorporates the output from the security tools we use, documented vulnerabilities discovered using manual testing techniques, detailed technical proofs of concept and, customized recommended steps that should be taken to eliminate vulnerabilities and reduce risk in the client’s specific environment. We support our clients by delivering the reports in a collaborative meeting where technical details are explained and questions are answered by the team that performed the testing.

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