How to Protect Your Website & Your Reputation with Pentesting

Protect your website and your reputation with pentesting

Web penetration tests, better known as pentesting, replicate cyberattacks in order to expose the weakness in a company’s security infrastructure. Also called ethical hacking, website pentesting is performed by a cybersecurity expert. Their findings can be used to reinforce a company’s computer and security systems.

Read on to learn more about the importance of pentesting, how often you should pentest, and how HubBase performs penetration tests.

Why is web pentesting important to perform?

A pentest can find a website’s vulnerability. Pentesting can help your company strengthen applications and infrastructure, while also implementing effective controls and eliminating methods of attack. This is important because the tech systems and solutions we use are constantly changing. But this doesn’t mean that we are necessarily safer. Hackers are nimble, and their strategies will evolve as these systems get more sophisticated. So even if you conducted a pentest before, it doesn’t mean that your systems are automatically safe. Website penetration testing should be conducted regularly to protect your company and your employees.

How often should pentesting be conducted?

This depends on your company. If you’re using new systems on a regular basis, you may be increasing web vulnerability. This means you’ll likely want to conduct more pentests. Some businesses, however, can get by testing once or twice a year. For a better understanding of what your company needs, reach out to a professional (like HubBase) for a pentest security audit.

Can I only pentest websites?

No. While it’s a good idea to check website vulnerability, pentesting is useful for any web technology, including apps and services.

Are there different types of pentesting?

Yes, there are different types of pentesting, and they each require different levels of experience. These include:

  • Website and wireless network. A pentest could find weaknesses in passwords, encryption protocols, wireless network traffic, and more.

  • Network services. Some examples of this include SSH attacks, router testing, web app pentesting, proxy servers, and more.

  • Social engineering tests. With these tests, pentesters can use several tactics, such as tailgating, phishing attacks, and Dumpster diving.

  • Cloud penetration testing. With companies making use of cloud services, this test looks at encryption, RDP remote administration, API access, and more.

  • Physical penetration testing. This involves a pentester trying to breach your security controls.

Can I pentest my own network?

There are pentest tools, such as a website vulnerability scanner, that can help you figure out how to pentest your website. However, online web pentesting may have limitations in what issues it can discover or resolve. If you want a comprehensive pentest, you should hire an expert, whether it’s a freelance pentester or a company dedicated to testing web vulnerability. They will need to seek approval from whoever owns the network, service, or application before they can conduct a pentest.

What is manual pentesting?

Manual pentesting is the process of combining human experience and pentesting software. While pentest tools can find website vulnerability, they aren’t infallible. They can’t find all design flaws and can’t provide comprehensive coverage. However, if you work with an experienced pentester, they should be able to pick up where the pentest tools left off. 

What is HubBase’s approach to pentesting?

At HubBase, we work to strengthen websites. We use a unique approach to web security with a mixture of offensive and defensive security techniques. On top of creating tailored web security plans around data validation, we can also create custom plans for client-side testing.

HubSpot takes care of configuration and deployment, upgrades, identity management, authentication, authorization, session management, error handling, cryptography, business logic, and API testing. Check out this link for more information.

We focus on:  

  • Defensive Security: Our defensive techniques focus on defensive coding, which ensures the programmer doesn't introduce any security vulnerability and writes high-performance code. We also perform source code reviews before a website page or component is made live.

  • Offensive Security: Our offensive techniques rely on pentesting to ensure that the application doesn’t have any data validation or client-side injection vulnerabilities. During pentesting, we also look for any known vulnerabilities in CVE, GitHub, or any other databases.

How is HubBase’s pentesting approach different?

We approach website security the same way we approach cybersecurity. With cybersecurity, you plan how you’ll secure your digital assets from cyber hacks. We plan and make strategies that secure the website from hackers.

We have a two-pronged security approach:

Defensive security

We start with defensive coding. When we write code, we’re not just aiming for high-performance code. We also want to produce code that doesn’t have any weaknesses. After we have performed a code review, we ensure that the code is free of any vulnerabilities.

Offensive security

We regularly perform tests to eliminate any vulnerabilities that exist.

Our web security approach is effective in mitigating risks. It includes:

1. Manual inspections: Adding human testing on top of pentesting tools.

2. Threat modeling: Pinpointing what threats your website may face

3. Black box testing: Penetration testing without any identifying information

4. Code review: Reviewing code to guarantee there are no vulnerabilities present

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