Google Cloud (GCP) Penetration Testing

Our Google Cloud Platform (GCP) penetration testing service identifies configuration and other security issues on your Google Cloud infrastructure and provides actionable recommendations to improve your GCP security posture.

Improve GCP Security

Reduce organizational risk and improve Google cloud security

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

During GCP penetration tests, NetSPI identifies vulnerabilities, exposed credentials, and security misconfigurations that allow our expert GCP pentesters to access restricted resources, elevate user privilege, and expose sensitive data on GCP. Our penetration testing service goes beyond configuration review and automated scanning to manually exploit vulnerabilities and misconfigurations to identify actual security gaps.

Deliverables include a GCP penetration testing report with prioritized vulnerabilities, and actionable guidance to help you reduce risk and secure 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.
Google Cloud Penetration Testing Services

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


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

External Cloud

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

Internal Network Pentesting

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

GCP Pentesting Techniques

Our GCP 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

What to Know

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

  • Discover all internet-facing assets a hacker could find as potential entry points into your cloud 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 GCP penetration testing techniques and removing false positives
  • Deliver 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.

Why do I need to use manual penetration testing processes in addition to multiple toolsets during GCP 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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Cloud Penetration Testing Resources

What Is Cloud Penetration Testing and Why Do I Need It?

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

How Do I Know I’m 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 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 by NetSPI and DisruptOps to learn how to better secure the application layer and cloud infrastructure using automated tools and expert penetration testers to uncover logic flaws and other security soft spots.

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