Network Penetration Testing Engagement

Network Penetration Testing Steps

To protect their valuable technology and data assets, businesses need to know their network is secure. RedTeam Security prides itself on its attention to detail and will explore every nook and cranny of your framework when performing network penetration testing. Contact RedTeam Security today at 612-234-7848 to learn more.

Intelligence Gathering

The information-gathering phase of our network pentesting methodology consists of service enumeration, network mapping, banner reconnaissance, and more. Host and service discovery efforts result in a compiled list of all accessible systems and their respective services with the goal of obtaining as much information about the systems as possible.

Host and service discovery includes initial domain footprinting, live host detection, service enumeration, and operating system and application fingerprinting. The purpose of this step is to collectively map the in-scope environment and prepare for threat identification.

Threat Modeling

With the information collected from the previous step, security testing transitions to identifying vulnerabilities within systems. This begins with automated scans initially but quickly develops into deep-dive manual testing techniques. During the threat-modeling step, assets are identified and categorized into threat categories. These may involve: sensitive documents, trade secrets, financial information but more commonly consist of technical information found during the previous phase.

Vulnerability Analysis

The vulnerability analysis phase involves the documenting and analysis of vulnerabilities discovered as a result of the previous network pen testing steps. This includes the analysis of out from the various security tools and manual testing techniques. At this point, a list of attractive vulnerabilities, suspicious services, and items worth researching further has been created and weighted for further analysis. In essence, the plan of attack is developed here.


Unlike a vulnerability assessment, a network penetration test takes such a test quite a bit further specifically by way of exploitation. Exploitation involves actually carrying out the vulnerability’s exploit (ie: buffer overflow) in an effort to be certain if the vulnerability is truly exploitable. During a RedTeam Security network penetration test, this phase consists of employing heavy manual testing tactics and is often quite time-intensive.

Exploitation may include but is not limited to: buffer overflow, SQL injection, OS commanding and more.


The reporting step is intended to deliver, rank, and prioritize findings and generate a clear and actionable report, complete with evidence, to the project stakeholders. The presentation of findings can occur via Webex or in-person – whichever format is most conducive for communicating results. 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.

RedTeam Security – Here When You Need Us

We consider the reporting phase to mark the beginning of our relationship. RedTeam Security strives to provide the best possible customer experience and service. As a result, our report makes up only a small part of our deliverables. We provide clients with an online remediation knowledge base, dedicated remediation staff, and a ticketing system to close the ever-important gap in the remediation process following the reporting phase. Again, the underlying framework is based on the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES) but RedTeam Security exceeds those standards.

At RedTeam Security, we understand your network’s security is an essential piece of maintaining your organization’s overall security strategy. Network penetration is a detailed method of identifying any potential vulnerabilities. When it comes to your network, we will rigorously test all known exploits and look beyond to identify potential other vulnerabilities. From intelligence gathering to identifying potential vulnerabilities to offering solutions, RedTeam Security is committed to ensuring your network’s security is the strongest. To learn more, contact RedTeam Security today at 612-234-7848.

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