You don't really know how secure your IT network is until someone tries to breach it. Obviously, we don't want to learn that lesson when a Cyber Criminal tries to breach your network, it's much better for someone trusted to do it instead, and report back any vulnerabilities they find in the process.
When you consent to have your systems breached by someone performing a simulated cyber attack to find flaws, the process is called "ethical hacking" or "white-hat hacking".
With our Penetration Testing solution, you can have a complete diagnostic of your network and it's vulnerabilities, and vitally, how to address them.
A vulnerability scanner is usually the first port of call for a comprehensive penetration test. As the name implies, a vulnerability scanner is a computer program that automatically detects your network, software and apps for known weaknesses in your security posture. Vulnerability scanning will clear up any of the low-hanging fruit that a cyber attacker might try and score a quick win with.
External Penetration Test
One of the first types of penetration tests (pen tests as it's often abbreviated) we perform is the external penetration test. An external pen test is a security assessment of all of the systems which are directly reachable via the internet, these are called 'perimeter systems'. By being the most accessible systems in your network, it makes sense that because they're the most out-in-the-open, they're also the most easily and regularly attacked.
The aim is to find ways to gain access and compromise your external systems and services, gain access to sensitive information, and discover methods an attacker could use to attack your clients. External pentesting is to replicate the perspective of an attacker with no prior information or knowledge of your systems and or networks.
Internal Penetration Testing
Conversely, internal pen testing is from the perspective of someone who has already gained a foothold in your computer system or is even physically in the building. This sort of pen testing shines a light on the sort of damage that a disgruntled employee could do, who wishes to access areas of the business outside of their normal level of clearance.
This type of pen test will involve someone tapping into your network on-site, so the tester will need to be given access to your access similar to that which an employee will have.
Alternatively, they could start in your cloud infrastructure depending on the scope of the testing and whether it's applicable.
Blind & Double-Blind Pen Testing
Blind Pentesting imitates a real cyber-attack with the only difference that the company has authorised it. The information given to the ethical hacker is extremely limited and has to figure out the business's weaknesses and information, similar to that of an unethical hacker.
Double-Blind Pentesting is the same in every way as Blind Pentesting, except only a limited number of those within the business know what's going on. This is to gauge the reaction of the IT/ security team, any issues that might arise from this sort of situation can be extremely educational and resolving them can be vital.
We offer a simulated phishing attack so you can gauge how your staff reacts to suspicious emails, this can inform the areas of the training which need the most attention because if every member of staff falls for the simulated phishing emails, you really need to address that!
Our phishing simulations replicate a real phishing attack that someone on your team may encounter, replicating the methods that a real cybercriminal would use.
Knowing how to best secure yourself against phishing, and how to spot a phishing email is the base level when it comes to having a secure business, you can have the best cybersecurity systems in the world. But as soon as someone is tricked into handing over their login details, it all becomes redundant. A business is only as secure as its weakest link.
Phishing is the most common form of cyberattack that you'll be confronted with, the best form of immunity you can have against cyberattacks is a well-trained and informed staff.
Phishing simulations can be performed by our cybersecurity experts on a regular basis so you can gauge the level of risk members of your team might be putting the business under so the issue can be addressed.
This is the opposite of Double-Blind Pentesting, in that the IT/ Security teamwork with the ethical hackers. So that they can understand each other's methods. This can give valuable insight to the IT team into the thought process and methods that go a hacker uses and how to avoid falling victim to them. If you have an onsite IT team, any comprehensive User Awareness Training Solution would include training your IT teams in this way.
What's in it for you?
Pentesting can be the best and most effective way of securing your system and enabling your IT/ Security teams to properly protect you and your business from cyber threats. Certain industries, especially those which deal with people's payment information, are mandated to get pentested regularly. Ultimately, a penetration test is the best way to truly gauge how good your cybersecurity controls are and how effective they will be at protecting your business against the real and growing threat.
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