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Physical Penetration Testing

Understand the true strength and effectiveness of physical security controls in data centers, offices, substations, critical infrastructure and more

Overview Of Physical Penetration Testing

The primary objective for a physical penetration test is to measure the strength of existing physical security controls and uncover their weaknesses before bad actors are able to discover and exploit them.

Physical penetration testing, or physical intrusion testing, will reveal real-world opportunities for malicious insiders or bad actors to be able to compromise physical barriers (ie: locks, sensors, cameras, mantraps) in such a way that allows for unauthorized physical access to sensitive areas leading up to data breaches and system/network compromise.

This type of test is an attack simulation carried out by our highly trained security consultants in an effort to:

  • Identify physical security control flaws present in the environment
  • Understand the level of real-world risk for your organization
  • Help address and fix identified physical security flaws

RedTeam Security’s physical pen testers have experience infiltrating some of the most secure environments the same way bad guys would. They leverage this experience to zero in on critical issues and provide actionable remediation guidance.

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What Is Physical Penetration Testing?

Many of us imagine cybercriminals as bad guys (in hoodies of course) sitting at computers using keystrokes and coding to hack into a business. Yet, not every bad actor is glued to his or her screen. Sometimes these highly motivated individuals will try to breach your physical security to achieve their goals. That’s why physical pentesting is another important area of cybersecurity.

Physical security testing measures the strength of your existing physical security controls to uncover any weaknesses before others with ill intent discover and exploit them.

Physical Penetration Testing Tools

An effective physical penetration test uses commercial tools, internally developed tools, and anything a bad actor might use to bypass your physical security. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Passive Reconnaissance
  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
  • Active Reconnaissance (drones, onsite covert observation)
  • Vulnerability Identification
  • Exploitation

To compromise physical security, a malicious party may need to overcome perimeter security, intrusion alarms, or motion detectors and/or bypass technical controls such as smart cards or proximity readers storing permissions controlling access to a secured room. Yet the motivated individual can do so — sometimes all it takes is a plea for assistance and a friendly smile.

RedTeam Security’s highly trained consultants identify physical security control flaws present in your environment, help you understand the level of real-world risk for your organization, and stick around to support your efforts to address and fix identified physical security flaws. Our job doesn’t stop at the reporting; we also offer complimentary remediation retesting with no time limit after your project.

Frequently Asked Questions About Physical Penetration Testing

Why should should I conduct a physical penetration test?

A physical security test can help uncover security vulnerabilities that might otherwise be discovered by malicious actors, giving you valuable insight into the security posture of your physical assets.

How long does it take to conduct a physical penetration test?

The overall time to complete a physical pen test depends on the size and complexity of the in-scope facilities. That said, most tests take anywhere from two weeks to six weeks, start to finish.

How much does a physical penetration test cost?

We get this question a lot and it’s not easy to answer until some level of scoping has been performed. Our scoping process is quick, online and painless. Generally speaking, the number of locations and the objective will ultimately determine its cost. For example, when determining the work effort, we take the following into account: number of target locations, goals, travel from locations, timeframe, etc.

To get a quote quickly and easily, please click here to complete our scoping questionnaire. This information will help us provide you with the most accurate estimate for your project.

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