Wireless networks are used by many organisations to provide easy connectivity to corporate networks. These wireless networks however are often prone to attack, allowing an attacker an easy way in to your corporate network.

What Is It?

Wireless network penetration testing involves systematically evaluating the security of a wireless network by identifying vulnerabilities, such as weak encryption algorithms, insecure authentication configurations, and poor access control policies. This type of testing simulates real-world attacks to discover potential points of entry for unauthorised users, aiming to strengthen the network’s defenses against eavesdropping, data breaches, and unauthorised access.

What Challenges Can Be Addressed By Wireless Network Penetration Testing?

Weak Encryption

Wireless network penetration testing identifies the use of outdated or weak encryption standards (e.g., WEP, weak WPA/WPA2 passwords) that make it easier for attackers to decrypt traffic and gain unauthorised access to network data.

Rogue Access Points

Wireless network penetration testing detects unauthorised access points connected to the network, which can be used by attackers to bypass network security controls and capture sensitive information from unsuspecting users.

Insufficient Access Controls

Wireless network penetration testing evaluates the effectiveness of network access controls and policies to ensure only authorised devices and users can connect to the wireless network, thereby reducing the risk of unauthorised access.

in Network Protocols

Wireless network penetration testing uncovers vulnerabilities due to misconfigured client devices that could lead to unauthorised network access or information leakage, such as devices automatically connecting to malicious networks.

Evil Twin Attacks

Identifies vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to set up malicious access points mimicking legitimate ones to deceive users into connecting, facilitating man-in-the-middle attacks or credential theft.

Wireless Network Flaws

Assesses the network for specific wireless vulnerabilities, such as flaws in the implementation of WPA3 or vulnerabilities within the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) that could allow for brute-force attacks or unauthorised network access.

The Forfend Methodology:

Reconnaissance and Mapping – Each engagement starts with a comprehensive survey of the wireless landscape to identify all wireless access points, their signal strengths, and encryption types. This includes the use of tools to detect not only the officially sanctioned access points but also any rogue or unauthorised devices that may be present. Mapping the network helps in understanding the perimeter and the potential entry points for attackers.

Assessing Vulnerabilities – The wireless configuration is assessed using a combination of automated and manual tools and techniques to identify weaknesses in the network’s security posture. This involves testing for common vulnerabilities such as weak encryption protocols (e.g., WEP, WPA/WPA2), default credentials, misconfigurations, and the presence of rogue access points. The goal is to identify potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers to gain unauthorised access or intercept data.

Exploitation and Impact Analysis – In this phase, Forfend attempt to exploit identified vulnerabilities in a controlled manner to understand the potential impact of an attack on the network. This could involve cracking weak passwords, simulating man-in-the-middle attacks, or testing the effectiveness of intrusion detection and prevention systems.

Why Choose Us?

Experience, Qualifications and Expertise

All Forfend consultants are highly experienced and qualified penetration testers who hold the highest industry certifications. Experts in a comprehensive portfolio of testing methodologies, we identify system vulnerabilities and offer practical remediation advice, in a manner that is understandable and digestible by everyone from management to developers.

Personalised Consultancy Services

We deliver highly personalised, professional consultancy services; the consultant carrying out the engagement being involved throughout the entire process, from initial scoping to testing, reporting, and responding to questions that may arise once the remediation process is underway.

Value For

As a small cyber security consultancy with limited overheads, we’re able to offer prices that are very competitive when compared to the rest of the industry, yet still deliver a high quality engagement. Forfend consultants are well versed at identifying vulnerabilities missed by other consultants.

Experience In A Range Of Industries

Our consultants have experience working in a range of different industries, from central government departments, critical national infrastructure, and councils, to legal, finance and technology sectors. Forfend consultants understand the threats and challenges faced by each industry, and are suited to offer testing types tailored to each sector’s needs.

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