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At ids, we know how vital it is that you have a security testing service that is thorough, repeatable and accurate. We created iSecurityTesting to offer all this and more, this rigorous testing service will ensure that your software, application or programme will be secure enough to withstand the complex and dynamic world of cyber-security. We have years of experience in the world of security testing, sometimes known as pen testing, and feel confident that our bespoke services will be the perfect solution for your security testing needs.

What Is Security Testing?

Security testing is the use of offensive testing techniques to verify the effectiveness of existing security controls and verifying the full impact of any identified vulnerabilities should they be exploited by a malicious attacker.

Different offensive testing techniques can be used depending on an organisation’s security objectives. These techniques range in scope and coverage from initial vulnerability assessments, which have a bigger focus on the breadth of coverage, to penetration testing which are a more in-depth examination of specific assets (such as web applications, networks or mobile applications). Penetration testing then leads onto and forms part of larger, more complex and in-depth attack simulations which span multiple domains of information security (people, process and technology) to identify vulnerabilities across the organization.

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Types Of Security Testing

Vulnerability Scanning

The majority of cyber-attacks are caused by the use of known vulnerabilities or poorly configured devices. A vulnerability scan looks at a network either from the outside, inside or both providing valuable insight to the level of risk an organisation has and will quickly identify any major issues that an attacker could use to compromise the confidentiality, integrity or availability of a network or website.

Pen Testing

A Penetration Test can identify and suggest remediation on a number of issues, often used in conjunction with a vulnerability scan a Penetration Test adds an experienced tester’s knowledge and experience to allow them to identify more advanced risks that automated scans cannot find on its own. In addition, a penetration tester can provide suggestions on how to remediate these threats and reduce the chance of them happening in the future. It is a simulated real-world attack on a network, application, or system that identifies vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Penetration tests are part of an industry recognised approach to identifying and quantifying risk. They actively attempt to ‘exploit’ vulnerabilities and exposures in a company’s infrastructure, applications, people and processes.

Internal Penetration Test

An internal penetration test looks at the possibility of gaining access to sensitive information from within the organisation’s systems and firewalls.

External Penetration Test

This involves examining an organisation’s infrastructure from outside its firewalls (public-facing) and attack from there. This method imitates the role of an external attacker that would typically gain access through a company website, email addresses or domain name server.

Benefits Of Pen Testing

Manage Risk

Having a penetration test conducted on a regular basis allows an organisation to manage its risks. A penetration test identifies vulnerabilities in an environment and enables them to be remediated. Penetration tests are a proactive approach to cybersecurity. Rather than just sitting back and hoping for the best, a penetration test allows the business to protect itself against the threat before it happens.

Protects Clients, Partners And Third Parties

With the increase in data sharing between different entities, the business now holds sensitive data for a number of stakeholders. Penetration testing allows a business to not only minimise the risk of their own business but also to those who have dependencies and relationships with that business. A major benefit of penetration testing is that it demonstrates to clients that the business takes cybersecurity seriously, and it builds trust and a good reputation.

Identifies Unknown Weaknesses

Penetration testing looks for the backdoors into a businesses network. A cyber-attack won’t always be obvious to a business, it looks for weaknesses and ways in that a business does not have the skillset or time to identify. Penetration testing identifies these hidden weaknesses so that the business can patch, ensuring they do not suffer an attack from this vector.

Allows You To Understand The Environment

Penetration testing has huge benefits when it comes to having a better understanding of the cybersecurity environment. A penetration test allows a business to understand what is going on in the environment, and it helps understand the types of cyber-attacks that the business may face. If a business can understand the types of risks and the fact that it’s not if it will happen, but when, the business will have greater success in protecting itself.

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How Does Penetration Testing Work?

An experienced professional penetration tester examines IT systems for any weaknesses that could be used by an attacker to disrupt the confidentiality, availability or integrity of a network and associated data.

We work with the organisation to identify the appropriate penetration testing services. This ensures business requirements are met and provides assurance of an organisation’s security posture and risk.

Following testing, we provide a technical-level report giving detailed findings and recommended resolutions in a management summary.

Reports include and provide:

  • The goals of a penetration test
  • Determine feasibility of a particular set of attack vectors
  • Identify any vulnerabilities which are present, including any that are high-risk which result from a combination of lower-risk vulnerabilities exploited in sequence
  • Identify vulnerabilities that may be difficult or impossible to detect with automated network or application vulnerability scanning software
  • Assess the potential business and operational impacts of successful attacks
  • Test the ability of network defenders to detect and respond to attacks
  • Justify increased investment in security personnel and technology
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Why Do Organisations Need Penetration Tests?

The cyber landscape has evolved significantly, and the flow of data has increased exponentially. Whether it’s through 4G on-the-go or Wi-Fi networks, data is consumed through mobile apps, social media and general internet browsing throughout the day. The boundaries of an organisation’s infrastructure have sprawled outside of the physical constraints of the office. Data now resides in the cloud, in apps and in the third-party supply chain.

This change in the landscape has intensified the need for businesses to carry out penetration testing and making themselves aware of the potential holes in their security processes and how a cybercriminal would best gain access. Businesses can no longer install a firewall application and just sit back hoping it will protect your data and financial assets. Businesses need to be proactive in testing these applications, find the gaps and patch them up. Cyber-attacks are continually becoming more sophisticated and criminals are finding new ways to access infrastructure and data.

When Should A Company Conduct Penetration Testing?

There are several factors that need to be considered when deciding the regularity and business justification for carrying out penetration testing:

Changes in the environment

cybersecurity is a perpetually evolving world. It’s constantly changing and adapting, and cybercriminals are finding new ways to enter your networks and data each and every day. This is why it is recommended that a penetration test is undertaken whenever there has been a major change in the environment. This could be following a data breach, or if a new threat actor threatens your business with an attack.

Organisation structure changes

over time organisations grow and change, and with that comes new people, processes and technology. It is best practice to carry out tests of the business on a regular basis to make sure the latest technology is secure, and that your employees have been educated to the highest standards to avoid a cybersecurity breach through social engineering approaches.

Compliance requirements

some organisations need a penetration test as part of a requirement. For example, to become PCI DSS accredited, an organisation must make sure that “system components, processes, and custom software should be tested frequently to ensure security controls continue to reflect a changing environment”. This requirement states that a penetration test should be carried out on an annual basis, however, for the reasons above it is recommended that testing is carried out if any major changes have taken place.

Interested In High-level, Repeatable Security Testing? Contact ids

If you’re working for a company or in an institution in any location across the UK and want to implement bespoke security solutions that are constant, repeatable and on-demand then iSecurityTesting is the tool for you. Get in touch with the team at ids today to discuss your security needs, we can’t wait to hear about how we can help you.

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