Internet Of Things (IoT Testing)

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Amanda Seyfried
Chief Technology Officer, Health Care Industry

The number of connected devices has zoomed in the past few years and, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a significant target for threat actors aiming to build botnets. Such botnets acts a APT’s (Advance persistent threats) and are then often employed to launch some of the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks ever seen. For example, the Mirai malware discovered in 2016 infected hundreds of thousands of IoT devices and then utilized them to launch high profile, high bandwidth DDoS attacks against high profile websites.

Internet of Things penetration tests provide a valuable way to assess the security levels associated with a given connected device.

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Cycops has extensive experience in testing and assuring:

  • Smart devices for domestic usage
  • Smart devices for industrial usage
  • Smart metering
  • Connections for utilities

Smart devices aimed at the automotive and transport sector

Do you need an IoT penetration test?

Cycops recommend an Internet of Things penetration test is performed for any device that will be connected to a network under normal use.

From cameras to toothbrushes, connected devices are actively being targeted by threat actors aiming to:

  • Build botnets
  • Serve malicious or illegally obtained software
  • Compromise individual and corporate privacy
  • Details of the motivations and goals for the relevant threats

In particular, devices that are designed to be ‘plug and play‘ should be subject to an Internet of Things penetration test; their low barrier to setup often means that they are deployed in suboptimal security configurations.

For organizations that produce Internet of Things devices and are concerned about their security posture, Cycops offer a world class penetration testing service.

How do Cycops perform an IoT penetration test?

Compared with more traditional areas of penetration testing, Internet of Things presents a number of unique challenges. One of main challenges lies in diversity; varying architectures, communication protocols, coding and operating systems result in almost immeasurable combinations of technology.  Therefore, Cycops utilize only the most experienced penetration testers for IoT penetration testing.

Cycops security consultants ensure that the full attack surface and all use cases are considered in order to give full levels of assurance. Broadly, an IoT penetration test focuses on the following areas:

  • Hardware
  • Firmware
  • Application
  • Network
  • Encryption

What’s the output of an IoT penetration test?

Any organization that works with Cycops on an Internet of Things penetration test can expect two fully quality assured reports per engagement. The first is a executive report, which is designed to be consumed by a non-technical audience and relays the overall security posture of the target device in terms of risk.  The second is a technical report, which provides in depth technical detail for each finding, including relevant and actionable remedial advice.

Of course, the engagement doesn’t stop there. Cycops always encourage a debrief to ensure full comprehension has been achieved. It’s an opportunity to ask absolutely any questions at all. After the debrief, the organization is welcome to stay in touch with C and receive top quality security advice.

Range of industries

Why choose us?

We have a team of passionate specialists that will provide your business with amazing, yet cost-effective security solutions tailored to your exact requirements. We are driven to give our clients the support and reassurance they require to keep their IT systems and their businesses running smoothly at all times.

Using enterprise ticket handling and remote support systems, Cycops India’s personnel have use of the best tools in the industry to aid their tasks.

We manually validate and verify each and every issue we discover. We will not have your team wasting countless hours sifting through a large report that is only partially accurate.

We have performed thousands of penetration testing engagements for organizations over the past nine years. Our constantly evolving methodology and experience based approach provide results not commonly seen with other assessment companies.

All of our team members have a profound understanding of infrastructure as well as security. When we provide strategic or tactical recommendations, we do so while taking into account the organization and business we are working with. Most importantly we strive to provide maximum positive impact and value to our clients by helping them identify, quantify and mitigate risks.

Our severity rating methodology is based on the context under which the issue was discovered. For example, we don’t rate anything “Critical” that we did not exploit. We also pay close attention to the circumstances for a given issue. Was the system available externally? How large is the attack surface? The audience? All of these contexts and many more affect how a severity level is applied to a discovered issue.

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