Penetration Testing

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How can you know if your business is secure without testing? Our range of in-house penetration testing services allows you to fully evaluate your IT security so that you can address any issues and rest easy.

We can help you establish whether your IT infrastructure is sufficiently safeguarded against cyberattacks. We can assess the effectiveness of your firewall, antivirus, website and even your staff’s security awareness.

The list of threats and potential weak spots for your systems and data is wide ranging – and we offer the penetration testing solution to match. Our authorised experts make planned, pre-agreed and safe attempts to gain access to your IT systems and data – so you can review all aspects of your IT security.

Our cyber security team will ethically replicate the techniques used by hackers to uncover any vulnerabilities that could leave your business exposed to cybercrime.

Network penetration testing

Your network, the core of your IT, must be secure. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which it may be attacked, but we have network penetration tests (pen tests) to assess your infrastructure’s protection from a range of attacks. These include:

  • External pen testing – replicating cybercriminal tactics to attempt accessing your network – exploiting any weaknesses in your systems, services and applications that are connected to the internet.
  • Internal pen testing – assessing the threat of someone attacking your business from the inside. This could be the potential impact of a successful phishing attack or the actions of a rogue member of staff.
  • Blind testing – simulating a realistic attack. As the name suggests, this is done “blind”, with minimal prior knowledge of your business and your IT, leaving our experts to their own devices, as a cybercriminal would be – but with your team fully aware.
  • Double blind testing – this puts your team in the dark too. This is as real as it gets and arguably gives the most accurate picture of your network’s security and your team’s response to a real attack.

All of these tests will help you identify fundamental and less obvious vulnerabilities and weaknesses in your IT systems, so that you can make everything more secure.

Web application penetration testing

Your websites and web services are likely to be critical to your business’ success, and that’s a big part of why they attract cybercriminals. Hackers want to take advantage of the potentially vast amounts of sensitive financial and personal data that might pass through them.

The security of these applications can be overlooked, or insufficiently addressed. If this is true in your case, your data and, ultimately, your business could be vulnerable.

Our services are fully aligned with the top ten security risks set out by OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project). We’ll identify and detect insecure practices in the design, coding or publishing of websites and web services that could leave you vulnerable. We can thoroughly assess APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), custom or third-party integrations and much more.

We’ll work with you to identify and fix any weaknesses so that your company is less vulnerable to attack through its website and the web applications it uses.

Wireless penetration testing

Unless sufficiently protected and managed, a wireless internet connection can be a vulnerability for your business. We can evaluate the security of your Wi-Fi networks to identify any weaknesses that could leave you susceptible to a cyberattack.

We’ll assess every part of your wireless infrastructure, including company and guest Wi-Fi networks. We’ll search for any exploitable vulnerabilities in these networks, such as:

  • Unsecured encryption protocols
  • Misconfigurations
  • Weak access controls

With our wireless pen testing, you’ll be able to secure your Wi-Fi networks and know they’re as safe as can be. We’ll make it easy for you to identify and iron out any creases and give you peace of mind when people access your wireless internet.

Social Engineering Penetration Testing

Want to gauge and establish the quality of user awareness? The majority of successful cyberattacks involve an element of human error, and it’s difficult to avoid considering the sophisticated tactics of cybercriminals.

We can simulate real-life cyberattacks against your employees, in a safe environment. This will allow you to see how adept your team is at recognising social engineering attacks – where a cybercriminal deceives a target into divulging information or even transfer money.

Get in touch and we can take you through penetration testing in more detail and provide you with the options that work for you.

Penetration Testing FAQs

Penetration testing is a way of finding out how vulnerable your IT infrastructure is to cybercriminals. A qualified professional will ethically replicate the various tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used by real-life cybercriminals in order to reveal any vulnerabilities that could be exploited.

Penetration testing should be carried out regularly, at least once a year – this is in fact a legal requirement for businesses that need to comply with PCI DSS or ISO 27001.

White box penetration testing involves sharing all of your network and system information, including network maps and credentials, with the tester in advance. This is a good option if you wish to simulate a targeted attack on a specific system using a wide variety of methods.

Black box penetration is where the tester goes into the test with no inside information whatsoever, authentically recreating the scenario of an unprivileged attacker attempting to compromise an organisation.