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Internet of Things (IoT) Penetration Testing

IoT devices continue to gain in popularity and present another attack vector that must be secured

IoT & Smart Device Penetration Testing

Businesses and consumers continue to adopt and rely on Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices everyday. The advent of IoT devices has created yet another attack vector, and one that requires a diverse set of skills in order to properly test for security vulnerabilities. These devices combine hardware, software, sensors, and various wireless and networking technologies, which must all be tested in order to secure them and the data that can be accessed by them. Our team at Polito possesses this diverse skillset and is prepared to help our clients with all their IoT security needs.

Polito Advantage for IoT Penetration Testing:
  1. Experience with Testing IoT Devices:  Our team has the unique past performance of testing a wide variety of IoT devices, from smart water bottles to next-generation ATM machines to military-grade IoT devices deployed in conflict zones around the world.

  2. Hardware Penetration Testing:  Hardware pen testing is a niche area that few cybersecurity firms are experienced with. Our team commonly finds vulnerabilities that can compromise IoT devices, such as ports that shouldn't be accessible, key or touchscreen sequences to access hidden menus and options, improperly secured chassis, and more.

  3. Software Penetration Testing:  IoT devices often rely on accompanying mobile or web apps, which our team of expert pen testers routinely tests. IoT devices also often rely on several components working together in unison from various sources, such as various sensors (accelerometers, biomedical sensors, gyroscope sensors, etc.), WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, data storage, and more. Polito will test the custom code required to make these components work together and make recommendations to remediate or mitigate any validated vulnerabilities.

  4. Wireless & Network Connectivity Testing:  Many IoT devices rely on wireless and network connectivity, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, cellular/SIM cards (2G, 3G, 4G LTE and WiMaxx, 5G), Zigbee, Z-Wave, RFID, ethernet, and more. Polito's team is experienced and skilled in testing these various wireless and network technologies and can help you secure them for your IoT devices and needs.

  5. Executive Report, Outbrief, and Support:  At the conclusion of our IoT Penetration Testing services, our team will provide you with a comprehensive report detailing our findings, including an executive summary, photos/videos, and other documentation to support out findings. Additionally, we will provide an executive outbrief to client stakeholders to review the report and address outstanding questions and concerns. Our team prides ourselves on our expert consultation and making recommendations based on balancing cybersecurity industry best practices and business needs.

  6. Re-Testing After Remediation & Mitigation is Complete:  Our team highly recommends, and many of our clients request, to have their IoT devices re-tested to ensure their remediation and/or mitigation efforts that resulted from the initial penetration test were implemented and executed successfully.

Polito understands the importance of a holistic approach to cybersecurity, which includes securing all facets of your IoT devices, including it's supporting IT infrastructure. Our Internet of Things (IoT) Penetration Testing services provide you with invaluable insights into vulnerabilities that may exist in your device, empowering you to strengthen your overall security posture.

NIST Framework Penetration Testing Methodology

Our team aligns our Network Penetration Testing services with the highly respected NIST Framework. Below is a general outline of NIST's penetration testing methodology:

  1. Planning and Reconnaissance

  2. Vulnerability Identification

  3. Vulnerability Exploitation

  4. Documenting Findings

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