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Penetration Testing

We conduct a Pen Test (Ethical Hacking) to find out your cyber security vulnerabilities.

Cyber penetration testing, often referred to as Penetration Testing or ethical hacking, is a proactive security assessment technique used to evaluate the security of computer systems, networks, and applications.

 

The primary goal of penetration testing is to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that malicious attackers could exploit to gain unauthorized access, steal information, disrupt services, or cause other forms of harm.

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What is Pen Testing?

A penetration test simulates real-world attacks by utilising a combination of manual and automated techniques to identify security flaws. It involves a systematic and methodical approach to identify vulnerabilities and assess the overall security posture of the target system. The process typically includes the following steps:

Planning and reconnaissance: The penetration tester gathers information about the target, such as its infrastructure, systems, applications, and potential vulnerabilities.

Threat modelling: The tester identifies potential attack vectors and develops a strategy to exploit vulnerabilities effectively.

Vulnerability scanning: Automated tools are used to scan the target system for known vulnerabilities. This helps in identifying common security issues like outdated software, weak configurations, or misconfigurations.

Exploitation: The tester attempts to exploit identified vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access, escalate privileges, or perform other malicious activities.

Post-exploitation: If successful, the tester explores the compromised system, expands their access, and attempts to maintain persistence to gather further information.

Analysis and reporting: The results of the penetration test are documented in a comprehensive report, which includes the vulnerabilities discovered, their potential impact, and recommended remediation steps.

The overall goal of cyber penetration testing is to help organisations identify and address security weaknesses before they can be exploited by malicious actors. By conducting regular penetration tests, organizations can assess the effectiveness of their security controls, improve their incident response capabilities, and make informed decisions regarding security investments and enhancements.

It's important to note that penetration testing should only be performed by authorised professionals with the necessary skills and permissions. Unauthorized or poorly executed penetration testing can disrupt services, cause damage, or violate laws and regulations.

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