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AWS Penetration Testing

By : Jonathan Helmus
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AWS Penetration Testing

By: Jonathan Helmus

Overview of this book

Cloud security has always been treated as the highest priority by AWS while designing a robust cloud infrastructure. AWS has now extended its support to allow users and security experts to perform penetration tests on its environment. This has not only revealed a number of loopholes and brought vulnerable points in their existing system to the fore, but has also opened up opportunities for organizations to build a secure cloud environment. This book teaches you how to perform penetration tests in a controlled AWS environment. You'll begin by performing security assessments of major AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon S3, Amazon API Gateway, and AWS Lambda. Throughout the course of this book, you'll also learn about specific tests such as exploiting applications, testing permissions flaws, and discovering weak policies. Moving on, you'll discover how to establish private-cloud access through backdoor Lambda functions. As you advance, you'll explore the no-go areas where users can’t make changes due to vendor restrictions and find out how you can avoid being flagged to AWS in these cases. Finally, this book will take you through tips and tricks for securing your cloud environment in a professional way. By the end of this penetration testing book, you'll have become well-versed in a variety of ethical hacking techniques for securing your AWS environment against modern cyber threats.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Setting Up AWS and Pentesting Environments
Section 2: Pentesting the Cloud – Exploiting AWS
Section 3: Lessons Learned – Report Writing, Staying within Scope, and Continued Learning

Chapter 10: Pentesting Best Practices

Pentesting is not a one-size-fits-all type of assessment. What applies to one pentest may differ from another. It's essential to stay on top of trends and skillsets, and have an understanding of what it means to pentest. It's also important to understand that AWS pentesting may differ from traditional pentesting, as we have seen throughout this book and will see further in this chapter. It's vital that we understand both the technical and non-technical parts of AWS pentesting – which is exactly what this chapter is all about. We will begin with an overview of the steps to be carried out during a pentest. We will then look at the unknowns of AWS pentesting. We will learn about prepping your environment before conducting a pentest, and finally, we will discuss some practical steps that need to be carried out after the pentest.

In this chapter, we'll cover the following topics:

  • Pentesting methodology for AWS
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