AWS Penetration Testing

Our AWS penetration testing service identifies cloud configuration and other security issues on your AWS infrastructure and provides actionable recommendations to improve your AWS cloud security posture.

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Reduce organizational risk and improve AWS cloud security

Whether you are migrating to AWS, developing cloud-native applications in AWS, using Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), or pentesting annually for compliance, AWS penetration testing helps you find cloud security gaps that create exposure and risk.

During AWS penetration testing, NetSPI identifies vulnerabilities, exposed credentials, and security misconfigurations that allow our expert AWS pentesters to access restricted resources, elevate user privileges, and expose sensitive data on AWS.

Gartner estimates up to 95% of cloud breaches occur due to human error, such as misconfigurations, and attackers continuously scan the internet to find these exposures.

AWS pentesting identifies the exposure of public-facing files, S3 buckets open to the internet, and security gaps in your AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) configuration.

Deliverables include an AWS penetration testing report with prioritized vulnerabilities and actionable guidance to help you reduce risk and secure your AWS attack surface.

AWS Penetration Testing Services

Our AWS pentesters follows manual and automated pentesting processes that use commercial, open source, and proprietary AWS penetration testing tools to assess your AWS cloud infrastructure from the perspective of anonymous and authenticated users.


Our expert AWS pentesters evaluate the configurations of your AWS services and the IAM policies applied to those services. Misconfigurations can lead to significant security gaps in AWS environments.

External AWS

External AWS vulnerability scanning tools and manual security testing probe your AWS infrastructure to uncover security issues in public-facing services. This includes web and network-related security.

Internal Network

Internal network layer pentesting of virtual machines and services enables NetSPI to emulate an attacker that gained a foothold on your AWS virtual network.

AWS Pentesting Techniques

Our AWS penetration testing service includes a cloud services configuration review and external and internal penetration testing techniques, such as:

  • System and services discovery
  • Automated vulnerability scanning
  • Manual verification of vulnerabilities
  • Manual web application pentesting
  • Manual network protocol attacks
  • Manual dictionary attacks
  • Network pivoting
  • Domain privilege escalation
  • Access sensitive data and critical systems
Automated scans find 37% while Manual AWS pentesting finds 63% of vulnerabilities

What to Know

Scanning internet-facing cloud resources is a high priority, but a complete AWS cloud security assessment that tests the hardness of your AWS infrastructure requires more steps to:

  • Discover all internet-facing assets a hacker could find as potential entry points into your AWS account
  • Identify attack surfaces exposed by cloud and federated services integration
  • Identify known and common vulnerabilities on internet-facing assets and web applications
  • Identify confidential data exposure on publicly available resources, such as AWS S3 buckets
  • Identify less severe vulnerabilities that can be chained together to obtain unauthorized access to other systems, applications, and sensitive data
  • Verify findings using manual AWS penetration testing techniques and remove false positives
  • Deliver actionable guidance for how to remediate verified vulnerabilities

Do I need to notify AWS that I want to do a penetration test? 

No. According to AWS, customers are “welcome to carry out security assessments or penetration tests against their AWS infrastructure without prior approval for 8 services, listed in the next section under “Permitted Services.” NetSPI’s penetration tests comply with AWS Customer Service Policy for Penetration Testing and the Amazon Web Services Customer Agreement.

Why do I need to use manual penetration testing processes in addition to multiple toolsets during AWS penetration testing?

NetSPI Critical Vulnerability Discoveries Found Through

Automated scans find 37% of vulnerabilities. Manual pentesting finds 63% of vulnerabilities.

NetSPI’s External Pentesting Identifies

Penetration testing finds 10x more critical vulnerabilities that lead to unauthorized application, system, or sensitive data access than a single network vulnerability scanning tool. 

Penetration testing finds 2x more critical vulnerabilities that lead to unauthorized application, system or sensitive data access than some of the top network vulnerability scanning tools combined.

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AWS Penetration Testing Resources

Webinar: AWS Penetration Testing: Common Entry Points and Escalations

Watch this on-demand AWS penetration testing webinar where Cody Wass covers some of the common vulnerabilities that can provide penetration testers with access to AWS environments, along with a few escalation paths that could result in complete takeover of the affected AWS account.

AWS vs. Azure Cloud Testing: Understand the Differences

If your organization uses the cloud, there’s a good chance you are using AWS or Microsoft Azure. No matter which platform you’re on, each cloud platform has its own security considerations.

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