Testing in Azure follows RedTeam Security’s standard network or web application penetration testing methodology, with some specific modifications focused on testing the Azure environment architecture. RedTeam Security uses PTES as the framework for our comprehensive network penetration testing methodology, and our web application penetration testing focuses on identifying OWASP’s Top 10 vulnerabilities. During Azure penetration testing engagements, we utilize many of the same techniques employed for standard penetration testing engagements while also checking for Azure-specific misconfigurations and vulnerabilities. These checks may include testing for publicly accessible storage accounts, improperly scoped Azure role-based access controls (RBACs), weak password policies, guest access, and seeking to penetrate on-premises Windows Active Directory systems synced to the cloud using Azure AD Connect.
RedTeam Security’s cloud pen testing includes three different attack vectors within the Azure platform:
RedTeam Security's penetration testing methodology assesses the cloud security of your environment using a multi-layered approach: Information Gathering, Threat Modeling, Vulnerability Analysis, Exploitation, and Reporting.
Before beginning the assessment of your cloud environment, the pre-engagement phase begins. During the pre-engagement phase, RedTeam will collect the details needed to begin the project. The data elements collected during this step include: testing windows, testing dates, IP addresses, along other relevant information. This phase is crucial as it establishes the overall rules of engagement for your Azure pen testing engagement.
RedTeam will work closely with you to confirm the details needed for the kick-off meeting. This important work ensures your cloud pen testing will be executed efficiently, effectively, and in accordance with the overall objectives.
In addition to the data collected during a typical on-premises penetration test, we compile other information needed for Microsoft Azure pen testing, including enumerating publicly accessible services and resources and enumerating principles, roles, and resources connected with the Azure account.
Threat modeling is a multi-step process. Initial threat modeling will be done through discussions with you to identify their most important assets to protect. For some companies, this could be financial data. For others, it could be Intellectual Property. For a nonprofit, the most critical asset could be as fundamental as donor trust.
Then, as additional information is collected through information gathering, the threat model is continually refined. This begins with using various security tools to perform automated scans and is followed by using manual testing techniques to dig deeper, uncover, and validate potential vulnerabilities. During the threat-modeling step, assets are identified and categorized into threat categories. These categories could include sensitive documents, trade secrets, or financial information but more commonly consist of technical information found during the previous phase.
RedTeam Security will leverage additional automated tools to identify vulnerabilities in the environment, whether a network or a web application, and any enumerate information about principles, roles, subscriptions, resource groups, and resources within the Azure environment and identify security concerns. RedTeam Security will also analyze the account’s security by checking the status of configurations like multi-factor authentication and guest access. During this phase, we will develop attack chains based on our initial findings regarding Azure roles and resources. The aim will be to create opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities that allow for privilege escalation, resource misuse, or data exfiltration to achieve the engagement's objectives.
Unlike a vulnerability assessment, a penetration test seeks to act on vulnerabilities to accomplish exploitation. Exploitation involves establishing access to systems by bypassing security controls to determine the real-world effectiveness of your defenses and your actual level of risk. During a RedTeam Security cloud platform penetration test, this phase consists of concerted manual testing tactics and is often quite time intensive.
At RedTeam Security, we consider this phase to be the most important, and we take great care to ensure we've communicated the value of our service and findings thoroughly. Our comprehensive Azure pen testing services will help you ensure that your cloud infrastructure is designed and configured according to best practices. The report will provide an analysis of the current state of your Azure environment and help you prioritize which vulnerabilities to address first and how best to use your budget to maximize strength and resilience in your security posture.
If there are items identified that you choose to remediate, let us know once those remediations are complete, and we will schedule a retest of those remediations. Once the retest is complete, we will issue an updated report.