When it comes to the installation and configuration of networks and servers, you can’t afford to compromise on accuracy. If these essentials are set up incorrectly, the consequences can ripple through your organisation.
In order to run a business that is digitally secure, it is vital that your infrastructure is configured correctly. What’s more, your security systems should be optimised to unleash their full potential — and that’s where we come in.
What is a configuration review?
A configuration review is a core component of penetration testing. This process allows for a detailed insight into the security configuration of not only your off-the-shelf appliances but also your software products.
Cybersecurity experts like us can use configuration reviews to ensure that all the security features in your software and appliances are enabled and correctly configured. Working on your behalf as an extension of your team, we can update and reconfigure whatever’s necessary to keep you and your customers’ data safe.
Our configuration review offering
Our experienced team of cybersecurity professionals are extremely competent when it comes to reviewing software and appliances. We know that many off-the-shelf appliances and software products do not come pre-configured out of the box. This is why we conduct an audit of your system’s configuration and determine how best to utilise the unique security features of each product.
We can provide reviews for the following things:
- Windows Server
- Windows Desktops
- Linux Servers
- Network Devices
- Database Servers
- Web Servers
We always begin our reviews by assessing systems that contain sensitive information. This could be any servers or databases that are externally-facing – such as firewalls.
Next, we account for any configurations that you are planning to implement across multiple devices such as Windows Desktop ‘Gold Builds’. These configurations should be reviewed by an independent third party such as ourselves in order to double-check that everything has been set up correctly.
When assessing these systems and products, we will typically examine the following:
- The implementation of password policies
- The relevancy of security updates
- Encryption of each and every configuration
- Access controls
- Logging configuration
- Other product-specific configuration options
Why are configuration reviews important?
Without regular configuration reviews, your security software may become slow, outdated, and easy to infiltrate. This could allow malicious agents to wreak havoc across your entire IT estate. From here, depending on the severity of the attack, you could experience outages, data breaches, and even damage to your systems.
Aside from the obvious security benefits, however, configuration reviews bring numerous other advantages to a business, some of which are detailed below:
Instead of implementing standard configurations across your estate and then finding out they are faulty, our configuration reviews let you preview them beforehand. This way, you won’t have to fork out for any remediations or changes. These funds can then be channelled to other areas of your business. As we like to say, do it right and do it once.
No disruption to your business
With configuration review penetration testing, you can enjoy a methodical assessment of the security of your systems with minimal disruption.
We’ll work away behind the scenes while your business goes on functioning as usual. That’s the beauty of penetration testing; we use a simulation of your network to test on, so you can continue operating like clockwork.
Gain insight & improve performance
One of the main benefits of configuration review penetration testing is the knowledge acquired for your business.
By drilling down into the mechanisms of your infrastructure, we can identify any weaknesses that may be holding you back. As an outcome, you can work with us to remedy these vulnerabilities, allowing you to progress as a business.