Azure Penetration Testing

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

Improve Azure Security

Reduce organizational risk and improve cloud security

Whether you are migrating to Azure, developing cloud native applications in Azure, using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), or pentesting Azure annually for compliance, penetration testing your Microsoft Azure infrastructure helps you ensure your cloud is secure.

During Azure penetration testing, NetSPI identifies high-impact vulnerabilities in your Azure services, including applications exposed to the internet.

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.

Azure pentesting also identifies exposed credentials, excess privileges, and security misconfigurations in your Azure Active Directory integration. These security issues can lead to the compromise of your Azure infrastructure and enable an attacker to expose sensitive data, take over Azure resources, or pivot to attack your internal network.

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

Azure Penetration Testing Services

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


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

External Azure

External Azure vulnerability scanning tools and manual security testing probes your Azure infrastructure to uncover security issues in public-facing services. These issues include web and network-related security.

Internal Network

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

Azure Pentesting Techniques

Our Azure 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
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What to Know

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

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

Do I need to get Azure penetration testing approval from Microsoft? 

No. As of June 2017, Microsoft no longer requires pre-approval to conduct a penetration test against Azure resources. Microsoft explains, “We don’t perform penetration testing of your application for you, but we do understand that you want and need to perform testing on your own applications. That’s a good thing, because when you enhance the security of your applications you help make the entire Azure ecosystem more secure.” NetSPI’s penetration tests comply with Microsoft Cloud Unified Penetration Testing Rules of Engagement.

Why do I need to use annual penetration testing processes in addition to multiple toolsets during Azure 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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Penetration Testing Service Engagements

Azure Penetration Testing Resources

Webinar: Adventures in Azure Privilege Escalation

Watch this on-demand webinar where Karl Fosaaen explores common initial Azure access vectors, along with a handful of escalation paths for getting full control over an Azure tenant, and some techniques for maintaining privileged access.

AWS vs. Azure Cloud Testing: Understanding the Differences

If your organization uses a cloud platform, you may use AWS or Microsoft Azure. No matter which platform you’re on, each cloud platform has its own security considerations.

Beginner’s Guide to Gathering Azure Passwords

Read this blog from cloud expert Karl Fosaaen for an overview of how to use each option in the Get-AzurePasswords module in MicroBurst. As each targeted service in the script has a different way of getting credentials, this blog can help you understand how things are working.

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