Internal Penetration Testing involves simulating cyber-attacks from an insider’s perspective to target an organization’s internal networks and mission critical systems. The primary objective is to identify and exploit vulnerabilities, thereby helping organizations to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the threats, risks, and impacts they face, and to proactively improve their cybersecurity defenses. Because internal assets are meant to stay internal!

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Executive Summary
Executive Summary

Key findings, risks, impacts, and critical recommendations.


Overview of methodologies, standards, tactics, and techniques used.

Technical Report

Detailed vulnerability analysis, reproduction steps, PoC, evidence.


Strategic and tactical walkthrough on how to fix vulnerabilities.

Expert Guidance

Comprehensive advice on cybersecurity enhancement strategies.

Complimentary Retest

 Offered once vulnerabilities are fixed.

What is Internal Penetration Testing?

The perimeter cannot be relied upon exclusively to protect internal systems. An attacker only needs one path to gain access. Once inside, an insecure internal network can be exploited to rapidly escalate privileges. Internal attacks have severe results and often go undetected for longer periods.

Performing an internal pen test identifies vulnerabilities in critical internal assets, demonstrates the impact if exploited, and provides clear direction on improvements that can be implemented to mitigate that risk. At Secragon, we specialize in penetration tests that are 95% manual, designed to replicate real-world hacking, and conducted by experienced ethical hackers. Along with leveraging industry standard methodologies to ensure a thorough security assessment is conducted under safe and controlled conditions, our expert team utilizes an advanced mix of public and in-house developed exploits and in-depth analysis to discover vulnerabilities not yet published and often not yet discovered. The objective is to penetrate target systems, assess the robustness of the internal network’s security, and enable the organization to implement protective measures to mitigate risk. Our service not only identifies security gaps but also provides a prioritized action plan with remediation guidance to help you address any risks found.

We don’t just point out security holes; we help you solve them.

Lower the chances of data breaches and unauthorized insider access by identifying and patching weaknesses.

Gain in-depth awareness of your internal risk profile, providing crucial intelligence for managerial decision-making in cybersecurity.

Test the investments you have made in your cybersecurity, and implement controls to protect crucial internal assets like data centers and proprietary software.

Many industries require regular internal penetration testing for compliance with sector-specific regulations or standards. By conducting these tests, you can demonstrate your commitment to cybersecurity, avoid potential penalties, and maintain the trust of clients and stakeholders.

Use insights from the pentest to allocate resources strategically, focusing on your network’s vulnerable areas.

Internal systems are prime hunting grounds for ransomware attacks, which can paralyze business operations and compromise critical data.

Why Conduct an Internal Penetration Test?

Holes in your system could lead to data breaches, service outages, reputational damage, and regulatory penalties. Conducting an internal penetration test provides invaluable insights into the potential security risks your organization may face from insider threats. Here are the benefits your organization will gain by partnering with our team for a project.


When Should You Perform an Internal Penetration Test?

Industry best practices recommend conducting internal pen tests at least annually to stay ahead of emerging cybersecurity threats. Performing an internal penetration test is crucial for assessing the security of an organization’s internal network. You should consider conducting an internal penetration test in the following situations:

After Significant Changes

Following substantial updates to network infrastructure or the deployment of new systems.

After Third-Party Services Changes

When changes are made involving third-party services or when integrating new vendor products into your network.

Before Launch of New Services

Following substantial updates to network infrastructure or the deployment of new systems.

Regularly Scheduled Intervals

As part of a proactive cybersecurity strategy, periodic tests can uncover vulnerabilities that may develop over time.


As part of a proactive security strategy and to comply with industry best practices and regulatory requirements.

Post-Breach or Security Incident

To ensure all vulnerabilities have been addressed and the system is secure.

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What Will be Assessed During an Internal Penetration Test?

Our assessment encompasses various components of your
organization’s internal IT systems:

Active Directory

Analysis of user management, password
policies, and more.


Testing across both legacy and
contemporary authentication protocols.

File Servers & Domain Controllers

Evaluating access controls, permissions,
and configurations.

Data Security

Analyzing permissions, access controls, and encryption standards.

Network Devices

Evaluating router, switch, and other device configurations.

And More

Network segmentation, legacy systems,
patch management strategies, endpoints,

Our Penetration Testing Process

If your organization has not gone through a penetration test before, you may not know what to expect. Even if you have, maybe you are wondering what Secragon’s stages of penetration testing are. Here is a high-level break down of each step of our proven process:

Activities: Engage stakeholders, define targets, plan logistics for efficient, transparent execution.


Outcomes: Scope Validation, Proposal, Contract.

Activities: Environment preparation, OSINT collection, attack scenario planning.

Outcomes: Strategy Development, Threat Insight.

Activities: Vulnerability identification, active exploitation, privilege escalation, execution of realistic attack scenarios, data and information collection, persistence maintenance, and documentation of steps.

Outcomes: Comprehensive Report, including Executive Summary, Technical Details, Impact Analysis, Recommendations.

Activities: Supporting vulnerability remediation with actionable steps and advice, answering follow-up queries.

Outcomes: Remediation Plan, Security Enhancement.

Activities: Validate the effectiveness of remediation efforts through complementary retesting.

Outcomes: Re-test Results, Attestation.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How is the scope of a penetration test defined?

When determining the scope of a penetration test, it’s essential to tailor it to the business’s unique characteristics and risk profile, considering factors such as the nature of the business, products/services offered, compliance requirements, geographic factors, organizational structure, strategic plans, stakeholder expectations (especially regarding customer data custody), asset value, network segmentation, connectivity, the age of the environment’s components, and any recent or planned changes. Understanding these elements ensures that the test is appropriately focused and effective in addressing the most relevant areas of the environment.

How fast can I get an Internal Penetration Test?

We typically are able to schedule out within 5-10 days from a scoping call. Chat with us today if you require an urgent test. We’re here to help!

How much does a penetration test cost?

The cost of a penetration test can vary significantly depending on the scope of the assessment. For internal penetration testing, one of the most significant factors affecting the cost is the number of internal systems and endpoints that need to be evaluated. Receive a free quote with no engagement using our quoting tool →

How does internal penetration testing fit into our overall cybersecurity strategy?

Internal penetration testing is a critical component of any comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. By identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses in your internal infrastructure, you can take proactive steps to protect your organization from the most likely risks of facing potential attacks. Regular testing can help ensure that your security measures are up-to-date and effective, and can provide valuable insights into areas that may require additional attention or investment.

What is the difference between internal and external testing?

Internal pentesting is conducted from within the organization’s network by a tester who has access to the internal network. External pentesting is conducted from outside the organization’s network and simulates an attack on public-facing systems. The primary difference is the point of origin of the test, with internal testing being more focused on internal network security measures while external testing focuses on identifying vulnerabilities in systems that are accessible from the internet.

Is my data safe during a security assessment?

Client data protection is our priority. We use non-destructive methods during our assessments and maintain strict confidentiality.

How do we prepare for a penetration test?

In general, there is no need for anything special to prepare for a penetration test with respect to how security controls are managed on a day-to-day basis. Remember that a penetration test is a point-in-time review of the environment. An organization should expect to participate in preparation activities related to planning the penetration test itself to ensure the test is performed under controlled conditions. Some preparation related to positioning the tester may be needed when testing is being performed onsite. The hiring company should be prepared to have documentation available that details the in-scope IP ranges, and also be ready to prepare test environments. During internal onsite network penetration tests, often times visitor access badges are required for the penetration testers.

What types of vulnerabilities can internal penetration testing uncover?

Internal penetration testing can identify a range of vulnerabilities such as system misconfigurations, outdated or vulnerable software, weak passwords and access controls, insider threats, inadequate network segmentation, flaws in data protection, and insufficient monitoring. Addressing these issues helps mitigate the risk of internal threats and enhances security.

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