Types of Penetration Testing

Learn about the various types of testing we provide and see how they could benefit your organisation's security posture.

Types of Penetration Testing

What is Web Application Testing?

Web Application Penetration Testing is the process of identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in traditional web applications. Attackers frequently target websites to access sensitive and personal user information (PII), perform website defacement or cause disruption/denial of service.

Importance of Web Application Testing

Web application testing is vital for security, helping identify and fix vulnerabilities to prevent unauthorised access and data breaches. It ensures a reliable and high-performance user experience while also aiding compliance with industry regulations. Regular testing is essential for maintaining trust, protecting sensitive data, and upholding an organisation's reputation.

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What is Internal Network Testing?

Internal network penetration testing involves ethical hackers assessing an organisation's internal network for vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Examples of threats within the network that may be examined include unauthorised access to sensitive data, exploitation of misconfigurations in servers or network devices, and potential insider threats attempting to compromise the integrity and confidentiality of critical assets.

Importance of Internal Network Testing

Internal network penetration testing is crucial in identifying vulnerabilities and mitigating potential threats originating from within, thereby minimising the risk of data breaches and financial losses. By proactively addressing security risks, organisations can enhance the resilience of their internal networks and protect against the rising cyber threats that could compromise their valuable assets.

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What is External Network Penetration Testing?

External security assessments focus on the security of your public-facing and internet accessible systems and services beyond websites. These systems present access points into your internal network. Ensuring their protection from the latest threats is therefore critically important to overall organisational security.

Importance of External Network Testing

External Infrastructure is subject to daily automated and manual attacks, targeting all services which are configured to be publicly accessible. Remote authentication services are subject to brute force password guessing attacks and unpatched systems are regularly compromised.

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What is API Penetration Testing?

An Application Programming Interface (API) Assessment reviews your public facing APIs to identify vulnerabilities which can be used by an attacker over the internet. API interfaces make it simple to access content and functions. This ease of access also provides a convenient interface for malicious attackers.

Importance of API  Testing

API penetration testing is crucial for ensuring the security of web applications by identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in the interfaces that enable communication between different software systems, safeguarding against potential cyber threats and data breaches.

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What is Remote Access Penetration Testing?

A Remote Access Assessment evaluates the security of the systems which your organisation uses to provide your staff members with the remote access they need to conduct their day to day activities when outside of the office.

Importance of Remote Access Testing

Remote Access solutions are often targeted by automated tools and malicious attackers seeking to acquire access to systems, services and sensitive data. Remote access solutions are frequently used in ransomware attacks. Attackers will often generate a likely list of usernames for these remote services and target the weakest configured passwords for your users. This initial access can be used to further attack your organisations network and begin targeting internal resources and services.

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What is a Phishing Assessment?

A phishing assessment is where malicious emails are sent to members of staff within an organisation. The aim is to attempt to coerce staff members to follow provided links, open file attachments or provide access to sensitive information or systems.

Importance of Phishing Assessments

Phishing and pretexting represent 98% of social incidents and 93% of breaches. In the past year, phishing was a primary factor in 30% of Ransomware attacks. With email forming a core requirement in an organisations ability to operate, understanding your users susceptibility to sophisticated phishing attacks is required.

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What is Wireless Penetration Testing?

Wireless security testing is the process of identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities within wireless networks used by your organisation. A successful attack allows an attacker access to your internal network leading to the exposure of sensitive information or direct access to business critical devices.

Importance of Wireless Penetration Testing

Wireless networks are often compromised, not through targeted and determined attacks, but as a crime of opportunity. Weak encryption standards, insecurely configured network segmentation or individual devices connected to multiple networks are a number of ways in which a wireless network can present a security risk to your organisation.

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What is a Social Engineering Assessment?

A social engineering assessment in penetration testing involves evaluating an organisation's susceptibility to manipulation and deception by simulating various tactics used by malicious actors. This includes testing employees' response to phishing emails, phone calls, or other methods aimed at tricking them into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that could compromise security.

Importance of Social Engineering Assessments

All of the defensive measures that are taken to protect your company assets may be thwarted by an individual who can simply walk into your building. Securing your physical premises, ensuring staff are well trained and know how to respond to an unknown individual should therefore be an important consideration for any organisation when considering their security policies and procedures.

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