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What is Penetration Testing?

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

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.

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 will systematically infiltrate your systems to find weaknesses in your defence plan and expose vulnerabilities.

Network Security Test

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 test

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 App security test

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 test

The sets of rules used within your firewall software can fast become out of date and thus increase security risks.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 security test

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.

App and API code security test

Programmers can introduce security risks within the software that they create. An app and API code security test takes a manual approach of attacking your systems API source code and backend app logic software.

Host configuration security test

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.

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. A penetration test will demonstrate your companies commitment to security, and identify and prioritise high-risk security areas for future investment. A pen test will also let your company achieve compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), ISO 27001, and PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) standards.

How penetration 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. With the information contained within the comprehensive report, your business will be able to develop clear operation policies and procedures, in which to safely and securely operate. A strategy to address your company’s system shortcomings will protect you, your employees, and your customers against future attacks.

Internal Penetration 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. An internal penetration test will Identify holes in your security where individuals can get access to sensitive data and confidential documents. This data may include customer information and credit card details. A complete audit of your procedures, policies, and security access levels will show who in your company can access critical systems and data.

External Penetration 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. There are three types of external pen tests: Black box pen test – This is carried out under the umbrella of someone knowing nothing about your systems, prior to the test. This represents a real-world view of what can be exploited during a malicious attack. White box pen test – This is carried out under the assumption of someone who has more detailed knowledge of your systems. This knowledge might include someone knowing your system architecture, user accounts, and user passwords, representing an educated attack. Grey box pen test – This incorporates a combination of white box and black box testing techniques, representing a more targeted threat. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Automated security testing of your computer systems is known as a vulnerability scan. This technique uses automated tools to search for vulnerabilities that are already known.

Penetration testing should be carried out by a CREST accredited company that uses ethical hackers who are Offensive Security Certified Professionals (OSCP).

There are many factors that dictate how long a penetration test will take. These factors include whether there is an internal test, external test, the scope of the test, the network size, and whether or not the network credentials and company information is shared.

All businesses should have an annual pen test, as well as a pen test during/after any major change to the company network.

The methodology of a penetration test is to first gain access to your computer network and to then move across the system to attempt to gain higher-level privileges.

Remote penetration testing is carried out during an external test but this alone will not test the security of your wireless or internal network.  

Penetration testing will not affect or have a very minimal effect on the day-to-day operations of your business.

A pen test report is a customised report that details the weaknesses and risks of your computer systems and networks. A penetration test report will also outline the remedies for the security risks that have been identified.

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