Google Cloud Penetration Testing

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

Improve Cloud Security

NetSPI’s Google Cloud penetration test reduces organizational risk and improves cloud security

Whether you are migrating to Google Cloud, developing cloud native applications in Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Google Cloud penetration testing helps you find security gaps that create exposure and risk.

During Google Cloud penetration tests, NetSPI identifies vulnerabilities, exposed credentials, and misconfigurations that allow our expert cloud pentesters to access restricted resources, elevate user privilege, and expose sensitive data. Our pentests go beyond configuration review and automated scanning to manually exploit vulnerabilities and misconfigurations to identify actual security gaps in your attack surface.

Deliverables include a Google Cloud penetration testing report with prioritized vulnerabilities, and actionable guidance to assist you in reducing risk and securing your GCP attack surface.

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.
Our Google Cloud Penetration Testing Services

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


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

External Cloud

External Google Cloud security testing scans and manually probes your cloud platform infrastructure to uncover issues in public facing services. This includes web and network related issues.

Internal Network Pentesting

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

GCP Pentesting Techniques

NetSPI’s Google Cloud 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 cloud security assessment of the hardness of your Google Cloud infrastructure requires multiple steps, such as:

  • Discovering all Internet-facing assets a hacker could find as potential entry points into your cloud account
  • Identifying additional attack surfaces exposed by cloud and Active Directory integration
  • Identifying known and common vulnerabilities on Internet-facing assets and web applications
  • Identifying confidential data exposure on publicly available resources
  • 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 get Google Cloud penetration testing permission?

No. According to Google, if you plan to evaluate the security of your Cloud Platform infrastructure with penetration testing, you are not required to get permission. NetSPI penetration tests do not violate Google’s Cloud Platform Acceptable Use Policy and Terms of Service.

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Cloud Penetration Testing Resources

What is Cloud Penetration Testing and Why Do You Need It?

Cybercriminals probe constantly for common security gaps cloud computing services. Cloud pentesting can help your organization close cloud security gaps and prevent a data breach. Be proactive and reduce your risk.

How Do You Know You’re Covered in the Cloud?

Public and non-public cloud breaches seem to happen weekly and the maturity of the information security program doesn’t seem to influence the likelihood of a breach. Read these general guidelines to help you get ahead of the cloud security curve.

Webinar: Securing the Cloud, Top Down and Bottom Up

Watch this on-demand webinar with NetSPI and DisruptOps to learn how to better secure both the application layer and cloud infrastructure, using both automated tools and capable penetration testers to uncover logic flaws and other soft spots.