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Cloud VAPT Experts to Find Security Loopholes in Cloud System

Published By Raj Kumar
Anuraag Singh
Approved By Anuraag Singh
Published On January 12th, 2023
Reading Time 5 Minutes Reading
Category Cyber Security

As technology has taken a huge leap, most companies have hosted their applications in the cloud. However, security is one of the main issues when applications are hosted in the cloud. Therefore, rigorous Cloud penetration testing becomes essential for organizations to identify all potential risks/vulnerabilities.

In the following section, we will discuss about the most common vulnerabilities in the cloud, the challenges faced while cloud pen-testing, and its step-by-step process. Furthermore, we also discussed why many businesses chose SysTools as their trusted partner for Cloud VAPT Services.

Most Prominent Cloud Vulnerabilities

There are numerous vulnerabilities that could result in a sacrificed cloud account, but here we will discuss just a few of the most common:

1. Insecure APIs – APIs play an important role and are mainly used in cloud services to share information between applications. However, when used incorrectly, insecure APIs can lead to large-scale data leaks. There are scenarios where developers use PUT, DELETE, and POST methods in APIs incorrectly, allowing hackers to inject malware into the server or delete crucial information from the cloud.

In such cases, conducting rigorous Cloud penetration testing is crucial for businesses.

2. Server Misconfiguration – Server misconfiguration is one of the most common cloud vulnerabilities today. Some of the most observed misconfigurations are improper permissions, not encrypting data, and differentiating public and private data.

3. Outdated Software – A lot of old software is based on outdated technologies and APIs. There are many critical vulnerabilities in this outdated software that many hackers take advantage of. In these cases, it is sometimes the vendors that do not follow a streamlined update process, and sometimes some users turn off automatic software updates. Hackers use automated scanners to identify this outdated software and exploit these vulnerabilities to their advantage.

Challenges Faced in Cloud Penetration Testing

1. Lack of Transparency – When we talk about some unpopular cloud service providers, they are only affiliated and the data center is managed by a third party. In such cases, some users do not know where the data is stored and what hardware and software they are using. This lack of transparency creates certain problems and makes cloud services vulnerable to them.

2. Policy Restrictions – All cloud service providers have their own set of policies where that define the endpoints and types of tests we can perform. In addition, you also need to submit advance notice to conduct a Cloud VAPT. All these policies make it difficult for us and limit the scope when performing in-depth security testing.

3. Other Factors – Since a single machine can host multiple virtual machines, this adds complexity when it comes to cloud penetration testing. In addition, the scope of the tests also varies depending on the applications used by the users and the cloud providers. Things do not end here. If there is encryption involved in the cloud service, it makes the whole process even more complex.

Our Step by Step Process for Cloud VAPT

1. Understanding Policies

Each service provider has a different penetration testing policy that gives us an overview of all the testing rules and methods we can use for testing. Here we create a list of services that are used in the user’s environment so that we know which services to pentest.

2. Create a Project Plan

First, we contact our client to define the start and end date of the pentest process in the cloud. Second, testers create a proper plan and understand the source code, its functionalities, software versions, and possible access points. This helps us find out if the client has released any keys.

3. Perform Cloud Penetration Testing

Now comes the third and most important phase of security testing, where our experts simulate a real attack. What hackers often do is use automated techniques to discover security holes. The most common example is that they are constantly trying bad passwords to gain access or looking for APIs through which they can gain access to sensitive data.

4. Identify and Report Vulnerabilities

There are times when automated tools generate false positives. Therefore, it is the job of our penetration testers to verify whether the reported vulnerabilities are exploitable or not. Once all the vulnerabilities are identified, now comes the second part which is reporting.

Reporting is one of the most underrated activities when it comes to Cloud VAPT. It is very important as it helps us to report all the vulnerabilities that our testers found in cloud services. In addition, we also focus on correctly presenting vulnerabilities according to the risk factor they encompass. Our aim is to provide our customers with a well-organized report so that they can get rid of all vulnerabilities.

Get Cloud VAPT Done by SysTools Experts

Being one of the most trusted VAPT Service Providers in India, we have offered our expert services to numerous businesses and helped them eliminate critical vulnerabilities from their applications/devices.

Now comes the question that why you should prefer our services. The answer is straight. With our services, you don’t need to purchase expensive tools or hire any resources and spend money and time to keep them updated with the latest trends and technologies.

Additionally, we as your cloud pentesting experts will use both manual and automated techniques to ensure that all your data is completely safe and secure.

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