Hacker-powered Security Intelligence & Penetration Testing

Synack Security Products and Penetration Testing


Synack’s hacker-powered security intelligence solution is a full-service offering that encompasses the trusted, controlled aspect of a high-touch penetration testing service with the diversity, continuity, and incentive-driven nature of Bug Bounty. We fuse the best features of Application Security Testing tools, Penetration Testing engagements, and Bug Bounty programs together to deliver a pragmatic approach to digital security. This allows us to provide a proactive approach to penetration testing from a truly adversarial perspective—detecting and reporting vulnerabilities within web applications, host infrastructure, and connected IoT devices that often remain undetected by traditional security solutions. In a world where the enterprise is being attacked all the time, a proactive offense is the best defense.

Web Application Challenges

According to Gartner, over 95% of all web applications are vulnerable. Additionally, 75% of all data breaches originate from insecure web apps. Traditional penetration testing solutions only test against OWASP Top 10 standards. While it's important to test against the top 10 attack vectors, it's critical to test beyond OWASP Top 10 and embrace a true adversarial approach to testing. Real-world attackers will not give up after 10 failed attack types—they will breach your system by any means possible.

High impact vulnerabilities
Distilling the high impact exploitable vulnerabilities and prioritizing the ones that increase risk to your business.

Persistence of previously fixed vulnerabilities
Lack of validation when a vulnerability is patched poses the opportunity for a vulnerability to persist.

Increased attack surface with Web APIs
Web APIs lead to new interactions and require diverse testing methodologies.

Host & Infrastructure Challenges

Enterprise, host-based infrastructure is highly dynamic, requiring changes to be tracked on a regular basis. Outdated IT infrastructure and misconfigurations can inject new vulnerabilities which reside in service flaws, network misconfigurations, and operating systems.

Outdated IT infrastructure and misconfigurations can result in new vulnerabilities which reside in service flaws, network misconfigurations, and operating systems.

Emerging Threats
As organizations continue to adapt their architectures to the globally distributed workforce, emerging threats like Ransomware are finding their way inside dispersed endpoints.

Wasted testing effort
Traditional host infrastructure scans are extremely noisy and divert attention from exploitable vulnerabilities that need to be remediated.

Mobile Application Challenges

Mobile apps are dependent on third-party code and the app stores that hosts them. If a mobile app has a confirmed vulnerability in it's codebase, it could take weeks before the patched version is made available to the public. If it integrates with third-party libraries, user-privacy liability issues may arise. Vulnerabilities residing in third-party code may also create exploitation opportunities in your mobile apps.

Pace of Development
Traditional mobile security measures cannot keep pace with the rapid development of mobile, let along the creativity and advancement of malicious attackers.

Mobile ≠ Web
Various devices and app stores, result in vulnerabilities that are significantly different from web applications.

Untested APIs & Infrastructure
Both APIs and associated application infrastructure need to be rigorously tested.

Challenges with the Internet of Things

Internet-connected embedded devices—the “Internet of Things”—will introduce a trillion points of vulnerabilities. Opportunities are ripe for adversaries as every single device in the IoT ecosystem represents a potential risk. Gartner predicts that by 2020, the IoT base will grow to 26 billion units. Additionally, more than 25 percent of identified attacks in enterprises will involve IoT.

Existing security measures are inadequate
IoT is an ecosystem of embedded devices developed with interoperability and connectivty in mind, not security.

Data Protection
IoT devices collect a treasure trove of valuable data. Controlling system access and data privacy is challenging, given the pervasive nature of IoT devices.

Untested ‘connected’ Interactions
Significantly expanded attack surface with numerous 3rd party dependencies and sensor interactions that are impossible to patch yourself.

How It Works:

Scoping & On-boarding

  • Determine the applications and assets (targets) in scope

  • Define rules of engagement (ROE) and objectives

  • Review necessary integrations and client-side process requirements

  • Finalize contractual agreements

  • Onboard & train client teams to the Synack platform

Engagement Launch

  • Ensure Alignment on Scope/ROE

  • Confirm Proper Integrations

  • Begin Hydra recon & Synack Internal Team testing

  • Scheduling/Prep of SRT “go-live”

SRT & Hydra Penetration Testing Period

  • Activation of client targets on SRT platform

  • Continued Hydra vulnerability scanning and change detection

  • Comprehensive management, triage & reporting by Synack Operations

  • Real-time results & analytics

Testing Ends & Results

  • Stoppage of all SRT & Hydra Testing

  • Removal of target listings from SRT dashboard

  • Preparation of outbrief report & readout

  • Presentation of results & discussion of follow-up plans

Follow-Up Support

  • Patch Verification by Synack Operations and/or SRT

  • Follow-up support and communications

Dashboard Access

  • Access to Synack dashboard and all accompanying all vulnerability data and coverage analytics

  • Ability to print customized reports

Feautures and Benefits

Attack Surface Coverage Analytics

Enumerates the attack surface and provides assurance around attack attempts with vulnerability correlation.

Advanced Reporting

Analytics within our report allow you to assess the resistance levels of your assets over time.

Change Notification

Hydra monitors any external changes detected within the client's attack surface and notifies the SRT; efficiently allowing them to materialize new vulnerabilities without wasting time on repeated reconnaissance.

Full Triage with Remediation Support

Fully triaged vulnerability reports containing step-by-step reproduction instructions and remediation suggestions.

Patch Verification

Mission Ops and/or SRT members test vulnerability patches upon remediation to ensure the vulnerability has effectively been patched.

Full Audit Logging

Synack’s assurance and audit logging capabilities provide additional layers of transparency and trust.

Vulnerability Mitigation Measures

Plug-and-play, fully testing IDS signatures and WAF rules that help you identify and prevent any further exploitation of the vulnerability.

Hydra Plugin Toolkit

A searchable platform with both open source and proprietary plugins with researcher specific custom alerts.

API Integration

With RESTful APIs Synack allows integration with external GRC and SIEM solutions, as well as bug tracking tools such as Jira.

How Synack Can Help

The most advanced ethical hackers in the world paired with a vulnerability intelligence platform to mimic attacks and discover exploitable vulnerabilities within mobile applications and back-end connection points.


The SRT discovers and submits vulnerabilities to the Synack Mission Ops team, which then manages, triages, and prioritizes them. SRT members test vulnerability patches upon remediation to ensure the vulnerability has effectively been patched. Incident advisory from the Synack Mission Ops team assures you of a swift response when incidents do happen.


Hydra provides an analytics-based approach to scanning for vulnerabilities and surfacing changes relevant to security researchers. Through proprietary search algorithms, Hydra maps the entire attack surface and continuously simulates evolving attack patterns. The resulting discoveries are delivered to the SRT which allows them to focus their efforts on adversarial-based exploitation.

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