Penetration testing (pen testing) is a simulated cyber-attack on a computer system, network, or web application to test its defences. It’s a type of security testing that can be used to identify vulnerabilities in your systems to determine how well they can withstand attacks. It’s typically performed by trained security professionals, who use a variety of tools and techniques to try to gain unauthorised access to your systems and data. The goal is to identify any weaknesses in your system’s security, which can then be strengthened, before they are found and exploited by cyber criminals.
Penetration testing is an important part of any organisation’s security strategy.
Our pen tests mimic the tactics used by cyber criminals in a safe way without causing any damage – to test how easy it is to penetrate your information system. We will examine the ways the system could be compromised via five different assessments:
External penetration testing
We will simulate an attack on your organisation’s perimeter defences, such as its firewall and external-facing web applications. The goal of external pen testing is to identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attacker from outside your organisation’s network.
Internal infrastructure penetration testing
We will simulate an attack on your organisation’s internal network. This type of testing is useful for identifying vulnerabilities in the network infrastructure, such as unpatched systems, weak passwords, and open ports.
We will put your teams to the test as we simulate attacks to exploit human psychology, rather than technical vulnerabilities. This could include tactics such as phishing, pretexting, baiting, quid pro quo, and impersonation – to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information or giving an attacker access to your organisation’s systems. We will educate them of the red flags to look out for so they avoid falling foul to cyber crime.
Wireless network penetration testing
We will use specialist tools and techniques to test the security of your wireless network. The goal of this type of testing is to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the network that could be exploited by attackers, and to provide recommendations for improving network security.
Web application penetration testing
Our web app pen test uses rigorous testing to identify potential vulnerabilities in your websites and web applications. Through advanced manual testing we will also assess your API endpoints and public-facing web applications for vulnerabilities.
These assessments will bring many benefits to your organisation. They will help you prioritise your security efforts and take steps to address potential vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
Our tests are all designed to simulate real-world attacks and are largely carried out through a manual process. So, you will receive a tailored service with dedicated experts focussed on your business. Our cyber experts will embrace the hacker mindset to spot vulnerabilities that tools alone will miss. This method of testing is much more rigorous than automated technology driven scan results alone and will yield more in depth and thorough results.
We will provide a detailed report with remediation advice with each type of assessment. The report will highlight any vulnerabilities and will explore in detail any potential business risks that have been identified. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that our penetration testing team are highly skilled and experienced and will conduct all testing in line with your business requirements. They are also available for one-to-one expert advice at any time throughout the project.
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