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Penetration Testing

Find Weaknesses Before
They Find You

Penetration Testing or Pen-Testing is like having a friendly hacker test-driving your company’s network, simulating real-world cyber attacks so we can find and deal with unknown vulnerabilities and threats to your business before a before a cyber criminal can exploit them

How We Run a Pen-Test

Sleuthing and Planning

Before our simulated cyber attack, we tailor a strategy unique to your business. We dive into your systems and collect intelligence just like a real attacker would, making sure we leave no stone unturned.

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Hacker Role Play

This is where we put on our white hats and play the hacker’s game.

Some common tactics we might perform include:

  • Exploitation of software bugs
  • System misconfigurations
  • Attack weak security controls

We use our expertise to challenge your defences, revealing vulnerabilities and rigorously evaluating your cybersecurity.

Insights and Advice

After the penetration test, we gathered our evidence and insights and prepared a dedicated report. We then sit down and guide your team through any findings, addressing crucial security upgrades, identified or exploited vulnerabilities, and any other concerns we find.

We include key strategies like enhanced WAF rules, DDoS mitigation, and improved validation processes that will help bolster your defence against cyber threats.

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The biggest difference is the techniques that we use to identify the threats to your business. Pen Testing simulates real-world attacks by exploiting vulnerabilities to assess a system or network whereas vulnerability scanning uses automated tools to identify any known vulnerabilities without exploiting them. 

Despite the differences, both methods are crucial to your comprehensive cybersecurity strategy.

SMEs are in a unique position when it comes to cybersecurity. As SMEs continuously striving to grow and innovate, they often find themselves navigating a complex digital world filled with risks like phishing scams and advanced ransomware attacks.

A common misconception is that threat actors are only interested in the big players. The reality is that cyber threats don’t discriminate based on the size of a business. Unlike larger corporations with vast resources, they often don’t have the same budget for internal cybersecurity teams or the budget for state-of-the-art security infrastructure. This can make SMEs feel like you’re constantly playing catch-up in a game where the rules keep changing.

For SMEs, even a small missed update can invite big cyber threats. Vulnerabilities can be as inconspicuous as a neglected update on a single piece of software. These hidden risks can lead to data breaches and harm customer trust

A data breach can be just as devastating for SMEs, if not more so, than for a large corporation. The costs of recovery, not to mention the potential damage to your hard-earned reputation, can be crippling. This is where the pain points hit home for SMEs – the balance between maintaining a competitive edge and ensuring your digital assets are well-protected

Regularly conducting penetration tests to uncover vulnerabilities might seem daunting for many SMEs. There’s the concern about the costs involved, the disruption to our day-to-day operations, and the uncertainty of how to even begin addressing the uncovered issues. It’s a lot to take on, especially when juggling the many other responsibilities of running an SME.

However, embracing a proactive approach to cybersecurity is no longer just a nice-to-have; it’s a necessity. Ignoring the potential risks could expose you to the real consequences of cyber attacks – from costly downtime and data loss to a tarnished reputation. As challenging as it may be, strengthening your network is an investment in your business’s long-term health and success.

Think of penetration testing as a friendly hacker service. It’s like hiring a detective to find the weak spots in your home security before a burglar does. This testing focuses on your public-facing systems – websites, email servers, and any other services with a public IP address. It’s all about understanding what a malicious attacker would see if they looked at our systems from the outside.

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