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What is Network Penetration Testing?

A penetration test, also referred to as “pentest”, is a method of evaluating the security of a computer system or network by simulating an attack from malicious outsiders (without any authorised means of accessing the company's networks) but also malicious insiders (who have some level of authorised access).

The process involves an active analysis of the system for any potential vulnerabilities that could result from poor or improper system configuration, known and unknown hardware or software flaws, or operational weaknesses.

The analysis is carried out from the position of a potential hacker and can involve active exploitation of security vulnerabilities.


Is Network Penetration Testing the same as Network Vulnerability Assessment?

There are many names for this type of security service. Network vulnerability assessment, network audit, network vulnerability scan, network penetration testing, they may all mean the same thing. BorderSecure is the name of Omniquads Network penetration service.


Why is it critical to have an on-going assessment of your networks’ security?

As new security issues and flaws with different products are made public on a daily basis, it is important to carry out regular checks in order to maintain a secure network. We check for holes in your Internet infrastructure, and the ideal way to stay secure on the Internet is to stay ahead of hackers, at all times.


Why should a third party assess your system?

If you have your own IT department implement your security system, it is to your advantage to let an impartial third party do the audit. We provide an outsiders view on how easy/difficult it is to compromise your integrity. Having an audit report from a third party outlining all confirmed security vulnerabilities on the network provides invaluable information to any network administrator.

The service is fast, and you will have the advantage of continually knowing how secure your network is and what you can do to improve it.


What is Omniquad BorderSecure?

Omniquad BorderSecure is a service that performs network audits or network penetration testing — it identifies security vulnerabilities and weaknesses on networks. The information can be used to assess security, manage risks, and eliminate security vulnerabilities before third parties can take advantage of potential security holes on your network. Omniquad BorderSecure is a service that can tell you how hackers can gain access to your networks, and help you prevent such a security breach.


We have a Firewall in place. Do we still need Network Penetration testing if we have a Firewall?

The simple answer is yes. Network penetration testing is especially important if you have a Firewall, as it forms a part of your assessment of your Firewalls efficiency. Performing a network scan or penetration test when you have a firewall will test the settings on your Firewall. It is important to test your Firewall each time you have made upgrades or changes to the settings, to ensure it is protecting your network the way it should.


Will firewalls interfere with Omniquad BorderSecure?

Firewalls are an essential part of network security. Omniquad BorderSecure assesses firewall's effectiveness in addition to applications and protocols such as web, FTP, and e-mail that are frequently accessible through firewalls. The system also looks for holes in the firewall; it is often the case that misconfigured firewalls pose security threats.


Can I target any IP address?

Yes we can check any and as many IP addresses as you want provided they belong to you. We will not check any third party IP address.


Is network penetration testing safe?

Yes it is completely safe, skilled Omniquad engineers are probing your network from outside your organisation. However, if there should be any glitches, it is better that it happens under a controlled sweep of your network since this in itself is exposing network vulnerabilities, some of which could indicate that your business would be defenceless to Denial of Service attacks.


Is the service host-based or network-based?

Omniquad BorderSecure is host-based (on a dedicated server) outside your network. The service checks your network via the Internet — much like a hacker would try to break into your company from the outside. This gives you a realistic analysis of your network vulnerabilities.


How many different types of vulnerabilities can Omniquad BorderSecure detect?

Omniquad BorderSecure runs scans and audits on all types of networks. Our team tests new vulnerabilities for ensuring that our knowledge database remains comprehensive at all times, and currently we check for up to 1000 different vulnerabilities.


What happens after Omniquad BorderSecure detects vulnerabilities on my network?

Omniquad BorderSecure provides a detailed report outlining each vulnerability, including: The vulnerable host(s), Operating system weaknesses, Level of security risk of the vulnerability, Description of the vulnerability, Recommendation for correcting the problem.


Does BorderSecure fix vulnerabilities found automatically?

No, we point out the weaknesses and recommend solutions. It is not advisable to perform automatic fixes, even if it was possible, since this could cause a variety of concerns. BorderSecure informs you about security risks, it is your responsibility to follow up the recommendations to secure your network perimeter. However, we can offer advice should this be necessary.


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