AWS Penetration Testing

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


Improve Cloud Security

NetSPI’s AWS penetration test reduces organizational risk and improves 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, penetration testing AWS helps you find cloud security gaps that create exposure and risk. 

During an AWS penetration test, NetSPI identifies vulnerabilities, exposed credentials, and misconfigurations that allow our expert cloud pentesters to access restricted resources, elevate user privilege, and expose sensitive data. 

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 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 assist you in reducing risk and securing your AWS attack surface.

Our AWS Penetration Testing Services

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


Our expert cloud pentesters evaluate the configurations of your AWS services, and the IAM policies applied to those services. Misconfigurations in either of these areas can lead to significant impact in AWS environments.

External AWS

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

Internal Network

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

AWS Pentesting Techniques

NetSPI’s AWS pentest 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 testing
  • Manual network protocol attacks
  • Manual dictionary attacks
  • Network pivoting
  • Domain privilege escalation
  • Access sensitive data and critical systems

What to Know

Scanning internet-facing cloud resources is a high priority, but a complete AWS cloud security assessment of the hardness of your infrastructure requires multiple steps, such as:

  • Discovering all Internet-facing assets a hacker could find as potential entry points into your AWS account
  • Identifying additional attack surfaces exposed by cloud and federated services integration
  • Identifying known and common vulnerabilities on Internet-facing assets and web applications
  • Identifying confidential data exposure on publicly available resources, such as AWS S3 buckets
  • Identifying less severe vulnerabilities that can be chained together to obtain unauthorized access to other systems, applications, and sensitive data
  • Verifying findings using manual penetration testing techniques and removing false positives
  • Delivering 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.

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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 versus Azure Cloud Testing: Understanding the Differences

If your organization is currently leveraging the cloud, there’s a good chance you are using Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. No matter which platform you’re on, it is important to note that each cloud provider has its own security considerations.

4 Reasons You Need Cloud Penetration Testing

If you use Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or cloud services, you need cloud penetration testing. Download this infographic to learn about common cloud security gaps and the benefits of cloud penetration testing.

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