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Cloud Penetration Testing

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What is Cloud Penetration Testing?

An authorised cyber attack simulation exercise against cloud assets hosted on a cloud provider environment.


What is Cloud Penetration Testing?

An authorised cyber attack simulation exercise against cloud assets hosted on a cloud provider environment.

The main objective of cloud pen-testing is to identify and mitigate security risks in cloud computing.

Cloud security is everyone’s business. Gartner predicts that, through 2020, 95 percent of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.


Examples Cloud Security

What can’t be tested in the Cloud?

Cloud environment that belongs to the cloud management such as underlying infrastructure, cloud provider facilities, other partners or vendors cannot be tested either.  Apart from major public cloud provider offerings, cloud models for a beginner can be fuzzy concepts, especially shared responsibility models. This simply means:

Cloud provider is responsible for security of the cloud

Tenant or organisation client is responsible for security in the cloud

The following diagram demonstrates differences between shared responsibility models in the cloud. Whether it’s an Azure pentest, AWS Security Assessment, or cloud risk assessment, the following principles are pillars to almost every cloud implementation.

Cloud Security Responsibility

What are the security risks of cloud computing?

In order to easily understand the different security risks, this section provides examples of each risk mentioned below. Security risk areas remain the same, the underlying attack vector may change based on the cloud model and/or vendor (Azure, AWS, others). For instance, Amazon buckets have a history of security misconfiguration linked to S3 bucket data leakage. Azure blob storage has been abused more than AWS, and subject to Identity-based attacks. Office 365 tenancy security configuration not in line with good security practices.

Cloud Security Assessment Services

Azure Penetration Testing

Whether you are utilizing classic Azure portal or Azure Resource Manager (ARM),

Our Azure pen-tests and security reviews can help you assess and remediate the security vulnerabilities and insecure misconfiguration in Azure services and products.

AWS Penetration Testing

AWS pen-tests include three different service areas, targeted at SaaS, Infrastructure, and internal cloud components. Data Leakages/permissions, misconfiguration, Identity & Access Management, Networking, Logging & Monitoring areas are some of the pillars behind your AWS security strategy.

Office 365 Security Audit

Crypto Security Software Office 365 Security Audit includes a thorough review of your current setup against Office 365 security risks and ensure that your setup follows controls around Device Management, Account Policies, Application Permissions, Security Controls around authentication, exchange, auditing & storage.

Secure Configuration Review

If a cloud-based server is unhardened or weakly configured, this leaves the underlying business vulnerable, leaving itself open to loss of reputation and other implications. The news has been full of data breaches due to leaky S3 buckets or general misconfigurations

Cloud Services Risk Assessment

We perform security reviews for Cloud services and/or solutions offered by cloud service vendors. These solutions may cover different service models such as SaaS Security Testing or checking PaaS security risks.

SaaS Security Testing

Crypto Security Software has the skill-set and extensive experience of working with all the major cloud service providers. As the shared services concept is gaining more traction, risks of data leakage are increasing with more blind spots than ever.

Benefits of Cloud Penetration Testing

How to approach Cloud Pen Testing?

Cloud Penetration Testing Methodology

Our cloud security offerings are based on the extensive methodology we have developed with years of experience working across different sectors. It’s very important that a cybersecurity consultancy follows an approach that delivers the right returns on your investment. At a high level, our approach towards cloud security assessments is as follows:

Step 1

Identity and Access Management

This phase involves reviewing identity and access management-related controls. Generally, these include checks on the use of higher privilege accounts, use of MFA, password policy, IAM policies, access keys, and credentials usage policies

Step 2

Review Authentication Architectures

Authentication and authorization problems are prevalent security vulnerabilities. Most mobile apps implement user authentication. Even though part of the authentication and state management logic is performed by the back end service, authentication is such an integral part of most mobile app architectures that understanding its common implementations is important

Step 3

Network Security

This area involves checks around network security controls such as ingress, egress rulesets, flow logging, traffic restrictions, and least access privileges.

Step 4

Logging API Calls, Events

All major cloud service providers offer web services that record API calls for tenant account. This information contains various parameters such as API source, calls details, requests/response elements. This phase includes a review of API calls for an account, log file validation, encryption at rest, access checks if logs are restricted from public view, and access logging, configuration management, and monitoring options.

Step 5


The monitoring phase is one of the critical tasks responsible for alerting relevant contacts during an incident. This involves reliance on the logging and related configuration parameters to ensure the right metric filters are in place. These reviews include checks for real-time monitoring configuration, alarms for any changes made to access control lists, security policy/groups, routing tables, and related parameters.


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