Identifying and assisting with the remediation of hidden security vulnerabilities within the organization.
What is penetration testing?
Penetration testing, also known as pentesting, describes the assessment of computer networks, systems, and applications to identify and address security weaknesses.
Simplify IT's range of penetration testing engagements help organisations to effectively manage cyber security risk by identifying, safely exploiting, and helping to remediate vulnerabilities that could otherwise lead to data and assets being compromised by malicious attackers.
Why is a pen test necessary for your organization?
Prevents cybercriminals from exploiting vulnerabilities
Independent verification of security controls
Enhances awareness and comprehension of cyber security threats
Consistently demonstrates a commitment to security
Supports PCI DSS, ISO 27001 and GDPR compliance
Provides the context necessary for prioritizing future security investments
Due to the constant evolution of threats, it is recommended that every organization conduct penetration testing at least once a year, but more frequently when:
Making significant infrastructure changes
Commercialization of new products and services
Undergoing a merger or acquisition of a business
Getting ready to comply with security standards
Competitive tendering for large commercial contracts
Utilization and/or creation of customized applications
Types of penetration tests
Our penetration testing methodology
Common Security Flaws
Certain vulnerabilities are simply not detectable by automated software tools. Simplify IT's ethical hacking and security penetration testing services enable you to understand and significantly reduce your organization's cyber security risk by identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities that evade automated online scanning assessments and providing clear help and advice on how to resolve issues.
Simplify IT conducts all pen testing engagements in a confidential manner and, unlike real-world cyber-attacks, is not designed to cause damage or disruption. A pentest conducted by Simplify IT will assist in identifying vulnerabilities such as the following:
We check that the encryption methods being used to protect and transmit data are secure enough to prevent tampering and eavesdropping.
We look for open ports, use of weak password credentials and unsafe user privileges, as well as deep configuration issues that can be exploited to achieve network access.
We test whether cookies and tokens used by software applications can be exploited to hijack sessions and escalate privileges.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a pentest?
A penetration testing service is a form of ethical cyber security assessment designed to identify and safely exploit vulnerabilities affecting computer networks, systems, applications and websites so that any weaknesses discovered can be addressed in order to mitigate the risk of suffering a malicious attack.
What is the difference between a vulnerability scan and a pentest?
A penetration test is a more in-depth assessment that uses a combination of machine and human-driven or even physical approaches to identify hidden weaknesses, whereas a vulnerability scan only uses automated tools to search for known vulnerabilities.
Who performs pentests?
Simplify IT's experienced team of accredited ethical hackers conducts the testing, and they have a thorough understanding of the latest threats and adversarial techniques.
What are the steps involved in a pentest?
A systematic methodology is used by penetration testing services. Once the scope of the engagement has been established, the pen tester will conduct extensive reconnaissance, scanning, and asset mapping in order to identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited. After gaining access to the network, the pen tester will attempt to move laterally across the network in order to obtain the higher-level privileges needed to compromise additional assets and achieve the pentesting engagement's goal.
How is a penetration test conducted?
Penetration testing as a service makes use of the same tools, techniques, and procedures that criminal hackers use. Phishing, SQL injection, brute force, and the use of custom malware are all examples of blackhat techniques.
What tools are typically used for penetration testing?
The testers at Simplify IT do not rely on automated scanning software. To discover hidden and complex vulnerabilities, they manually perform tasks such as network and asset discovery, attack surface mapping, and exploitation using a variety of open source and commercial pentesting tools.
How frequently should testing be conducted?
All businesses should conduct a penetration test at least once a year, as well as following any significant network upgrades or modifications. Due to the rapidity with which new exploits are discovered, Simplify IT recommends performing quarterly tests. Penetration tests on a regular basis are frequently required to ensure compliance with regulations such as the PCI DSS.
What occurs following the conclusion of the testing?
Following each engagement, the team assigned to the test will create a custom written report that details and assesses the risks of any weaknesses discovered, as well as outlining recommended corrective actions. Following the submission of the report, a meeting will will be called to discuss the report.
Is a pen test likely to have an adverse effect on business operations?
Simplify IT penetration tests adhere to the most stringent legal, technical, and ethical requirements. Tests are built to detect and exploit vulnerabilities securely and effectively whilst minimizing the possibility of affecting company processes.