Penetration testing

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What is penetration testion?

A penetration test is an assessment designed to find weaknesses and vulnerabilities in your company’s defences. A pen test exploits authentication issues, cross-site scripting problems, source code flaws, logic flaws, and insecure network configurations. It is a test of all of the software and technical infrastructure that keeps your computer systems up and running.

Network security

This test has been carefully designed to stringently test your computer network for a wide variety of weaknesses. The malicious accessibility of the data that your company holds is tested to bring to light any vulnerabilities that might exist. A plan is then put in place to mitigate these risks from future attacks.

Wireless network security

Wireless networks can be a security risk if they are unsecured. A wireless network security test will attempt to access your network with the intention of stealing valuable data. The wireless security test report will identify weaknesses and recommend how your defences can be strengthened.

Web application security

With much of a business’s operations and services taking place online, it is vital to test your website for security flaws. This test targets information such as the personal and financial details of your clients. The web app security test will help protect the reputation of your brand and ensure compliance with PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).

Firewall configuration

The sets of rules used within your firewall software can fast become out of date and thus increase security risks. Unsafe firewall configurations are assessed during this test and recommendations of configurational changes are made.

Mobile application security

In an effort to increase convenience for customers, mobile apps are increasingly commonplace, allowing customers to purchase products and services through their phone or tablet. The latest security testing tools and development frameworks are reviewed during this assessment.

Host configuration

Cyber defence touches all aspects of your business data and host configuration security testing will evaluate host apps and operating systems. The recommendations made as a result of this test will allow you to harden your defences from advanced threats.

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Why penetration test?

Penetration testing is the only way to test the defences that are protecting your data from ever-evolving criminal threats. An internal and external pen test of your cybersecurity will give your company a confirmation of the security controls in place, through an independent test.

A pen test will help your organisation understand the cybersecurity threats and gain a better awareness of them. You can then fix vulnerabilities prior to them being exploited by criminal hackers.

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How pen testing works

Penetration testing is carried out by ethical hackers who use manual and penetration testing tools to exploit weaknesses in your systems. This stress testing of your internal and external security defences uses real-life techniques used by the most sophisticated and intelligent cybercriminals. The results form the basis of a comprehensive report that shows issues and gives clarity to where your security systems are weak.

The pen test report will recommend and address exactly how to remediate these weaknesses.

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Internal pen testing

Internal penetration testing is a process that will allow you to fully understand the potential threats from within. The test is designed to help you reduce the risks that are posed by individuals who have legitimate access to your computer systems and your network.

Our ethical hackers will simulate an insider attack to see how far into your systems an insider can get while remaining undetected. The hacking test will highlight what information can be extracted or accessed from within your premises and environment.

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External pen testing

External penetration testing removes the uncertainty and risks of an external attack on your computer systems. It simulates an outsider attack and again identifies the weaknesses in your systems and/or website.

An external penetration test will help your company Identify and address weak spots, where sensitive information can be exposed. The resulting report will highlight systems that an outside attacker could take control of.

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The low down

Penetrating testing is your protection against the latest threats, tools, and techniques of criminal hackers. A pentest explores the vulnerabilities and weaknesses in your business’s defences and highlights what action your business needs to take, to protect against the identified threats.

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CREST accredited

We are a CREST accredited company that employs Offensive Security Certified Professionals (OSCP), also known as ethical hackers. Under a defined scope set out with your company, our hackers systematically infiltrate your systems to find weaknesses in your defence plan and expose vulnerabilities.

Frequently asked questions

Browse our frequently asked questions or Contact us if you have any futher enquiries.

Penetration testing uses the procedures, techniques, and tools of a genuine criminal hacker to gain access to your systems and data. Hacking methods include brute force, SQL injection, phishing (email attempts to get employees to reveal sensitive data), and vishing (telephone attempts to get employees to reveal sensitive data), with the intent to steal data or deploy custom malware.

Every organisation needs a pen test at least once per year, but more frequently during changes, mergers, customer app-development, and during new service or product launches.

The cost of a pen test depends on the scope of the test agreed and its stated objective. You can contact OmniCyber Security to receive a custom quote for your business.