Vulnerability Assessment Services
You have security vulnerabilities.
Whether you find them and fix them, or your attacker finds them and exploits them - they exist.
There’s just one problem: you don’t know where they are. You don’t know how severe they are. Until you fix them, you’re taking on a level of risk that you can’t even measure.
This leaves you unclear about your risk, unable to fix things until you find them, and powerless to prove to customers that your system is secure. A vulnerability assessment helps you find security vulnerabilities, so you can fix them, reduce risk, and prove your security to others.
What Is a Vulnerability Assessment?
A vulnerability assessment is an effort to
Find as many vulnerabilities as possible
Assign severity ratings
And fix them
The value of the testing lies in the heavy manual effort and custom exploit development.
At ISE, vulnerability assessments follow a proven methodology:
- Define goals and objectives
- Establish threat model
- Learn the system, and the business around it
- Run automated scan tools
- Look for known vulnerabilities
- Perform manual assessment
- Abuse system functionality for malicious results
- Daisychain vulnerabilities
- Find unknown vulnerabilities and develop custom exploits
- Report the findings back to you
- Work with you to implement and verify mitigations
What makes a Vulnerability Assessment by ISE effective
Commodity approaches to security often rely solely on tool automation. These are cheap and quick, but barely scratch the surface. Many don’t even consider how the system works at all, because they don’t need to. Most look only for known vulnerabilities.
That’s where commodity approaches to security stop. Yet, the more important vulnerabilities are never found at this basic level of effort.
You must go past the basics to find your most important vulnerabilities.
The 0-days, the custom exploits, and the unknown unknowns all require a higher level of effort and expertise. They require intuition, manual investigation, and an attacker mindset.
If you have important assets to protect, this is the level you want. Our customers all are in that category, and see great value in thorough, manual, vulnerability assessment.
Contact us to find out if a vulnerability assessment is right for you, too.
Learn how to solve your security problems with a security assessment
Vulnerability Assessments: Why You Need a Consultative Approach, Not A Tool-Based Approach
Tools are useful.
Tools should be part of your strategy.
Tools should not be your entire strategy.
Product-based security typically doesn’t customize the testing to your goals and objectives. The tool is simply set up and run.
However, no tool is ever going to be able to abuse functionality. It will never be able to develop custom exploits. It will never replace the value of a proper assessment performed by a human.
Tools sometimes deliver confusing results, such as false positives and inappropriate severity ratings, without equipping you with actionable insight. Instead, you need human intelligence. You need to establish a threat model. You need to view your system the way a real attacker would.
With ISE, you get human experts. We are hackers. We are security researchers. We’ve assessed hundreds of systems and discovered thousands of vulnerabilities. (Check out our research here.)
By having real humans hack your system, you find out the real issues that you need to worry about. In the real world, you’re defending against intelligent, motivated, problem-solving humans - not just scans. Defend accordingly.
We help you go beyond the basics.
We abuse functionality.
Find the unknown unknowns.
We do all of those things, and make it easy for you. Our clients love how flexible we are. As their needs change, we adapt right along with them.
We help you take the findings and do something with it. We help you fix the many problems you are certain to find in this rigorous, consultative approach.
Types of Vulnerability Assessments
Vulnerability assessments help you across a variety of technology domains. At the core, they all link back to your application security in one way or another.
What Do You Need Assessed?
Discover and remediate security vulnerabilities and weaknesses in your application. The most frequent place you’ll find security vulnerabilities is in your application. We assess your app to help you find and fix them.
Whether you leverage cloud platforms or host data on-premises, you need to find and fix deployment and configuration flaws before attackers exploit them. Trust us: We wrote the cloud deployment hardening guides for the major cloud platform providers themselves.
Network and IT Security
Find and fix security vulnerabilities so you can prevent unauthorized access, misuse, modification, or denial-of-service of your network and its resources. Where others stop at the network level, we go further. We help you harden the softest of your soft spots: the applications deployed in your network environment.
Supply Chain Security / Vendor Security Management
Many information systems rely heavily on third-party integrations, which inherently requires trust, data sharing, and privileged access between your systems and those outside of your organization. As a result, your vendors’ application security problems become your security problems. We help you understand and manage these complex extensions of your application attack surface.
Your databases are an extension of your application; protect them from unauthorized access, in order to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of all of your assets. Assume you’ll suffer a breach, so that in the event your database is maliciously accessed, the leaked information is useless to anyone who gets it.
When the best need vulnerability assessments and consulting, they turn to ISE
You need to understand how attackers think.
How they operate.
How they’ll break your system.
We know how you feel.
From newly funded startups to Fortune 10 enterprises, we’ve helped companies of many varieties overcome these same security challenges. We’ve published security research on solutions across a range of systems, including cars, phones, IoT, password managers, medical devices, blockchain, AI, AR, and more.
You need a partner who can help you find and fix your vulnerabilities. Who can help you get better.
You’re in the right place.
ISE is one of the largest, most trusted security organizations