What is Penetration Testing?
Penetration testing is a technical cybersecurity exercise aimed at finding weaknesses in a company’s internal and external networks, applications or systems. This cybersecurity assurance is provided against an organisation’s assets.
By utilizing pen test services to identify security vulnerabilities, businesses are able to find out the extent to which their assets (people, process, and technology) are exploitable and can then take the necessary steps to reduce the risk. This type of security testing, also known as ethical hacking, is more about a manual approach and is targeted to find vulnerabilities in real-world scenarios outside the reach of vulnerability scanners or a vulnerability assessment (See the difference in the FAQ section below).
Our technical security assessment services are tailored to help your business stand against a real cyber attack.
Benefits of Penetration Testing
Protect your business against evolving threats
Create a proactive approach to information security
PCI DSS, ISO 27001, GDPR Compliance support
Service quality underpins everything we do
Demonstrate cyber security commitment
Helps shape IT strategy
Common Security Vulnerabilities
Lack of Secure Hardening
Insecure Patch Management
Active Directory Vulnerabilities
Insecure Logging & Monitoring Controls
Insecure Password Controls
Sensitive Information Storage Practices
OWASP Top 10 Application & API Flaws
Types of Penetration Testing Services
There are many different types of security services offering different benefits and uses. Our penetration testing service covers a broad spectrum of domains such as cloud, wireless, mobile, stealth campaigns, phishing, IoT, external & internal network infrastructure, social engineering, and solutions.
Network Penetration Testing
Mobile Application Pen Testing
Web Application Penetration Testing
Red Team Operations
Cloud Penetration Testing
Bespoke Security Reviews
Penetration Testing Methodology
Assessment methodology defines the depth and breadth of how and on what basis test cases are generated. Our pen-testing engagement methodology, also known as Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT), is broken down into five phases:
Initial Scoping & Objectives Agreement: This is a conversational phase to go through pain points/primary security concerns and discuss the assets in scope, out of scope, and the objectives for the security test. Communication protocols, fragile components, third-party service providers authorization, pre-requisites, and planning fall into this phase.
Reconnaissance: The recon process involves collecting information about the target network, application, systems, or devices as much as possible. This sets the ground for attack layout preparation.
Scanning: This is an activity aimed at finding what services (such as email services, web services hosting applications, file transfer services/protocols) are running on each of the targets in scope. Activities such as network mapping, service enumeration, vulnerability scans are part of this phase.
Exploitation: The vulnerability exploitation phase involves exploiting the identified vulnerabilities to measure the extent of the breach of a security vulnerability. It is performed in a controlled manner, keeping in view the fragility of the assets in scope and agreed to objectives. Password testing (cracking & analysis), vulnerability research, lateral movement, post-exploitation activities belong to this section.
Reporting: This is amongst the most important parts of any security test. The information must make sense to customers investing their time and resources. All our reports include raw data, supporting screenshots, tactical and strategic recommendations, management reports, and technical reports. There is a debrief call at the end of every security assessment to ensure the customer has an understanding of the findings and has a remediation plan in mind.
Remediation: This is an optional remediation consultancy to help mitigate risks identified during penetration testing. Due to security skill-set and environmental complexities faced by organizations, our approach involves risk focussed approach towards risk remediation.