Azure Penetration Testing

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

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

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

During an Azure penetration test, NetSPI identifies high impact vulnerabilities found 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.

Testing also identifies exposed credentials, excess privileges, and misconfigurations in your Azure Active Directory integration. These 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 assist you in reducing risk and securing your Azure attack surface.

Our Azure Penetration Testing Services

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


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

External Azure

External Azure security testing scans and manually probes your Azure infrastructure to uncover issues in public facing services. These issues include 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 Azure virtual network.

Azure Pentesting Techniques

NetSPI’s Azure 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 Microsoft Azure infrastructure requires multiple steps, such as:

  • Discovering all Internet-facing assets a hacker could find as potential entry points into your Azure 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 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.

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Azure Penetration Testing Resources

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