End Point Security

Strengthening organizations against cyber threats with
advanced endpoint security measures.

Compromise Assessment

Comprehensive compromise assessments for proactive
detection and mitigation of security breaches.

Identity And Access Management

Enabling secure user access and data protection through
Identity and Access Management consulting.

Secure Infrastructure Deployment

Empowering organizations with secure infrastructure
design and deployment for robust data integrity.

Ransomware Readiness

Assessing and fortifying ransomware readiness to
minimize threats and enhance recovery strategies.

Purple Team Assessment

Fostering collaborative cybersecurity excellence
through defensive strategies and vulnerability identification.

Enterprise Incident Response

Minimizing damage and ensuring swift recovery with
strategic incident response consulting for enterprises.

Disaster Recovery as a service

Ensuring uninterrupted operations through proactive
disaster recovery consulting for businesses.

Data Migration

Seamless and secure data migration consulting for
efficient transitions with minimal disruption.

Data Recovery

Expert data recovery consulting for swift retrieval of
valuable information and minimal business disruption.

SOC Maturity Assessment

Enhancing cybersecurity readiness through comprehensive
SOC assessment consulting.

Digital Forensics Investigation

We specialize in uncovering, preserving, and securing digital evidence for aiding in cybercrime resolution.

IT Risk Management

Thorough IT Risk Management Assessment
for Nurturing Business Resilience

CCSS Compliance Audit

Assure regulatory alignment, fostering
market legitimacy and investor trust

ISO 22301 Compliance Audit

Advancing the Contemporary Business
Continuity Management process

ISO 27001 Compliance Auditing

Nurturing Maturity Across People,
Processes, and Technology

Cloud Adoption Framework

IT offers a structured plan for organizations to efficiently manage their cloud migration and usage strategies.

GDPR Compliance Audit

Ensures data privacy compliance, mitigates
risks, and enhance customer trust

PCI DSS Compliance Audit

Strengthen payment security, safeguarding
sensitive data & fosters customer confidence

HIPPA Compliance Consulting

Protect the security of healthcare information,
legal compliance, and fosters patient trust.

HITRUST Compliance Consulting

Improve healthcare cybersecurity, streamlines
risk management & boosts credibility

Virtual Data Protection Officer

Remote professional who provides expertise in data protection and compliance.

FINRA Compliance

Reinforces the integrity of financial services,
compliance & nurtures trust among investors.

Fair Risk Assessment

Quantify decision-making with FAIR framework
to assess and manage information risks.

CCPA Compliance Audit

Ensure transparent data handling, respects
consumer rights, and fortify data-driven trust

SOC2 Compliance Audit & Report

Validates operational quality, builds customer
trust & demonstrates dedication to data security

ISO 27701 Compliance Audit

Assesses an organization's adherence to the privacy information management standard.

Industries WeServe

Secure Source Code Review

We identify source code vulnerabilities, ensuring strong defense against critical attacks.

Spear Phishing Simulations

We check the awareness of the people
towards enterprise cyber security policies

Infrastructure Pentesting

Maturing organizational resilience by evaluating the security posture of IT infrastructure.

Mobile Application Pentesting

Strengthens mobile app security by addressing vulnerabilities and ensuring robust protection .

DevSecOps Solutions

Strengthening software development through security-focused testing in DevSecOps.

IOT Security Assessment

Strengthens IoT systems by vulnerability analysis & ensuring defense with hardcore pentesting

Red Team Operations Services

Simulating real-world APT attacks to evaluate an organization's security readiness .

Cloud Pentesting And Security

Ensuring the robustness of cloud infrastructure by pentesting and defending the cloud .

Web Application Pentesting

Detecting issues across various programming languages, frontend & backend environments

Blockchain Penetration Testing

Evaluating blockchain security via vulnerability testing to prevent potential breaches.

Web API Pentesting

Validate API design ,configuration and implementation according to security policies.

ICS SCADA Pentesting

We safeguards industrial control systems by identifying and fixing vulnerabilities 

Security Configuration Review

In-depth inspection of enterprise devices or applications to identify configuration weaknesses .

Thick client Security Assessment

Conducting security assessment of local and server-side processing and communication protocols

Web3 Penetration Testing

Securing Web3 by probing and addressing vulnerabilities in decentralized apps and protocols.
corporate services

Security Configuration Review

Intelligence Driven Cyber Security Operations

Security Configuration Review

Secure Configuration is one of the pivotal pillars mandated by the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme, encompassing measures that bolster cybersecurity during the construction and installation of computers and network devices. This practice significantly diminishes unnecessary cyber vulnerabilities. Within Certcube’s Labs, we conduct build and configuration reviews, commonly referred to as secure configuration hardening reviews. These assessments involve scrutinizing the underlying Operating System and interconnected components, such as firmware and removable media interfaces, in strict alignment with recognized security best practices.

Clients often request these reviews to align with esteemed frameworks like CIS, NIST, or internal guidelines. This procedure takes the form of a white-box penetration testing exercise, offering comprehensive insights into your system’s intricate infrastructure.

A server lacking proper hardening or plagued with misconfiguration issues holds the potential to serve as an unauthorized access point, potentially leading to network compromise or unauthorized access to sensitive information.

A weakly configured infrastructure not only introduces vulnerabilities into your network but can also provide a breeding ground for concealed threats like rootkits or backdoors that remain hidden for prolonged periods.

Our review methodology is designed to unearth and address configuration weaknesses, empowering you to rectify these issues in harmony with the highest industry standards.

Furthermore, Secure Configuration Reviews are a fundamental process of examining and assessing an organization’s IT systems and applications to detect vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and security risks. This plays a crucial role in preemptively identifying and mitigating security gaps before malicious actors can exploit them.

These reviews aim to provide an optimal level of security by identifying vulnerable areas and assigning threat ratings based on potential risks. This process enables us to pinpoint portions of the network that require enhanced security. By assigning threat ratings, we can assess risks to the network, its resources, and data. The ultimate goal is to strike a balance between security and necessary resource access, ensuring that your organization maintains an efficient equilibrium between the two.

In today’s digital landscape, Secure Configuration Review stands as an imperative for any organization striving to safeguard its data integrity and uphold its reputation. The relentless innovation of cybercriminals necessitates a proactive stance against security breaches. To this end, regular configuration reviews emerge as a crucial practice, enabling organizations to pinpoint vulnerabilities and frailties in their systems and proactively rectify them.

The significance of Secure Configuration Review cannot be overstated. Through meticulous scrutiny and validation of configuration settings across IT infrastructure components—ranging from systems to network devices and applications—it gauges the efficacy of security measures within an IT environment.

In the deployment, maintenance, and enhancement of computing systems, networks, and network security devices, the execution of expected secure configuration settings might inadvertently fall short or even be overlooked. Such missteps render IT components susceptible, potentially paving the way for unauthorized access and triggering service disruptions and security breaches.

Mismanaging server configuration can engender an array of security issues. Specifically, it can empower malicious actors to efficiently detect vulnerabilities using commonly employed security scanning tools. Once vulnerabilities are spotted, swift exploitation can lead to the complete compromise of systems, websites, databases, and corporate networks.

A compelling instance illustrating the repercussions of inadequate secure configuration is the breach encountered by Premera Blue Cross, a US health insurance provider. This breach exposed the records of 11 million customers, casting a spotlight on secure configuration concerns. An audit revealed delayed patch implementations, vulnerable server configurations identified through vulnerability scans, and the absence of documented baseline system software configurations—limitations that hindered a comprehensive security configuration audit.

At Certcube Labs, we underscore the indispensable nature of Secure Configuration Review. Our specialized approach empowers organizations to pre-empt potential risks, bolster their security resilience, and uphold regulatory adherence. By partnering with us, businesses can navigate the ever-evolving threat landscape with confidence, safeguarding their critical assets from emerging vulnerabilities.

Security Configuration Review areas

Cloud Infrastrucure
Network Devices

Cloud Infrastructure

A cloud security configuration review involves the thorough examination and evaluation of an organization’s cloud infrastructure, such as AWS, Azure, and others, with the goal of ensuring its secure configuration and adherence to regulatory standards. While similar to traditional infrastructure reviews, cloud assessments must consider variations in security controls and access management procedures, which can often be overlooked due to the unique nature of cloud environments.

Network Devices

  • Firewall Rule Assessment: The evaluation of firewall rules and policies is undertaken to confirm their current and efficient status in safeguarding your network against unauthorized access.
  • VLAN Examination: VLAN configurations undergo a meticulous review to validate their accurate setup and adherence to security and performance best practices. This entails inspecting VLAN access controls, scrutinizing VLAN tagging and trunking, and auditing VLAN memberships to ascertain their accurate configuration.
  • Wireless Network Evaluation: The wireless review encompasses a thorough analysis of wireless network settings across your network devices, aiming to guarantee their proper and secure configuration.


Enterprise Server Security: involves securing a server’s operating system and software to reduce vulnerability to potential threats and attacks. The objective is to minimize the server’s attack surface, bolster its defenses, and improve its overall security posture. This is crucial for servers hosting critical applications, databases, websites, or sensitive data, as they are prime targets for malicious entities.

Database Security: This review encompasses a set of best practices, including the implementation of robust authentication mechanisms, encryption of sensitive data, establishment of effective access controls, routine application of security patches and updates, vigilant monitoring and logging of user activities, and the formulation of a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.


Typically, vendors and product owners offer guides such as Office 365 Security Configurations, which you can reference for your infrastructure. Some key pointers to consider include:

  • Access Control: The Access Control Review entails examining the access control settings of your applications to guarantee they are configured to thwart unauthorized access.
  • Authorization: The Authorization Review involves evaluating the authorization settings of your applications to ensure they are configured to restrict access to sensitive data.
  • Encryption: The Encryption Review involves assessing the encryption settings of your applications to confirm that sensitive data is properly encrypted both during transmission and storage.
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    Benefits of Secure Configuration Review
    • Secure your assets from the outset of their lifecycle. 
    • Adopt a proactive stance in line with cyber security best practices.
    • Enhance your internal build methodology through one-time reviews.
    • Receive support for achieving compliance with PCI DSS, ISO 27001, and GDPR standards.
    • Showcase a security by design ethos to your business and supply chain.
    • Uphold service quality as the foundation of all our operations.
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    Test Cases for Build and Configuration Review

    Deficiency in Secure Hardening Assessments


    Vulnerabilities in Networking, Security, Telecommunications, and Internal Equipment, as well as Operating Systems and Endpoints.

    Weak Logging and Monitoring Controls


    The review focuses on logging and monitoring controls to pinpoint weaknesses in event collection, analysis, and threat identification.

    Evolving Threats


    As security threats evolve, regular secure configuration reviews and assessments are crucial to safeguard your network and devices.

    Management of OS Modules and Patching


    Effective patch management plays critical role in closing window of opportunity for attackers, thats between the vulnerability disclosure and patch release.

    Disk Encryption


    Full disk encryption safeguards an entire hard drive, including data and programs. Without it, stolen or accessed devices can expose sensitive information.

    Authentication Controls


    Authentication serves as a vital element in enforcing cybersecurity measures for a wide range of assets. Following our specific methodology and project scope, we conduct two types of password assessments: a comprehensive password policy review and a password cracking exercise. This is then followed by in-depth statistical analysis to identify complexity levels and character patterns in the passwords being used.

    Configuration and Enforcement of Group Policy Settings


    Group Policy allows administrators to set security rules for users and servers in a network, mainly for Windows. It covers password rules, media access, network controls, patches, and app limits. Implementing best practices in group policy boosts network security and reduces chances for unauthorized access by attackers.

    BIOS/Boot Security


    Your network devices or server's BIOS or UEFI Firmware provides the option to set passwords at a lower level. These passwords prevent unauthorized server booting, booting from external devices, and altering BIOS or UEFI settings without administrator approval.

    Third Party Patch Management


    The majority of cyberattacks exploit well-known vulnerabilities in software and hardware. Unpatched software, including both the operating system (OS) and third-party applications, can attract malicious code to vulnerable servers. Employing software patching serves as a defensive shield that thwarts malicious attacks and safeguards your organization from various exploits. This observation is assessed through penetration testing and build reviews.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Security Configuration Review, and why is it important for my organization's cybersecurity strategy?
    A Security Configuration Review is a comprehensive assessment of your system and application configurations to ensure they align with security best practices. It’s vital for identifying and mitigating potential security vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
    What types of configurations are typically reviewed during a Security Configuration Review?
    Common configurations reviewed include operating system settings, network configurations, firewall rules, access controls, authentication mechanisms, and application-specific settings.
    How often should my organization perform a Security Configuration Review?
    Regular reviews are essential, particularly after system updates, changes in network architecture, or when introducing new applications. Frequent assessments help maintain a secure configuration.
    How does Certcube Labs conduct a Security Configuration Review?
    Certcube Labs employs a combination of automated scanning tools and manual analysis to review system and application configurations thoroughly. Our experts assess settings, access controls, and configurations to identify security gaps.
    Is a Security Configuration Review safe for my organization's systems and data?
    Yes, the review is conducted with strict adherence to safety protocols, ensuring the security of your systems and data. The goal is to identify configuration weaknesses, not to cause harm.
    Will Certcube Labs provide detailed reports with identified configuration weaknesses and recommended remediation steps?
    Yes, our reports include a detailed analysis of identified configuration weaknesses, their potential impact, and recommended steps to remediate these issues effectively.