The Challenge

Whether an organisation is small or large, public or private, it is likely to hold information that if compromised could cause harm to staff, customers and the organisation’s reputation.

Weaknesses in internet facing networks and applications can occur due to poorly patched, configured or unsupported systems. Where these vulnerabilities occur, it increases the possibility that they may be exploited by malicious attackers to compromise or steal data. Therefore, it is essential to identify these weaknesses and understand how they can be remediated to defend against damaging attacks.

Regular penetration testing, particularly after the introduction of new functionality or infrastructure is an essential facet of security best practice. Periodic penetration tests improve security and minimise the chance of cyber attacks.

The Service

Penetration testing identifies security vulnerabilities within computer systems, networks or web applications and exploits these to ethically imitate a real-world hack.

It is an effective way of testing the security controls in place and whether they are adequately protecting systems and sensitive data.
External network and web application tests are performed over the internet, and can be carried out remotely.

Using a mixture of tools and manual processes, depending on whether targets are at the infrastructure or application layers, we check for weaknesses such as:

  • Network vulnerabilities
  • Network architecture and the use of security zones
  • Web browsing controls
  • Firewall configuration and segregation of zones
  • Software vulnerabilities at the infrastructure and server level
  • Business Logic vulnerabilities
  • Input validation issues
  • SQL Injection, cross-site scripting and all OWASP top 10 vulnerabilities
  • Access control & authentication issues
  • Password strength and susceptibility to brute-force attacks
  • Session management vulnerabilities

Our experienced and specialist security consultants carry out the testing, analyse results and provide a tailored report with the issues identified, ranked in order of priority with practical remedial actions and recommendations. Additionally, we discuss the key findings with clients to ensure the impact of our findings are fully understood and where necessary provide further details.

This service can be carried out remotely.

The Benefits

  • Test and better understand the security posture of your network or application (web or mobile)
  • Identify vulnerabilities, determine the likelihood of these being exploited and the potential impact
  • Align with industry standards and regulations
  • Better align with current data protection regulations such as the GDPR
  • Provide assurance to your customers of the security of your services and systems

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