Penetration Testing

Protecting your organisation from cyber threats requires staying ahead of the game and knowing the weaknesses in your environment.

Penetration testing, also known as pen testing or ethical hacking, is a proactive approach to assessing the security of your computer systems, networks, or web applications. Through conducting regular penetration tests, businesses can meet regulatory and compliance standards, such as PCI DSS 4.0 and ISO27001. For more information about compliance, visit our GRC overview.

At Secon, we partner with qualified and experienced CREST and CHECK penetration tester providers who uncover weaknesses and vulnerabilities that could potentially compromise your systems or compromise sensitive information by simulating real-world cyber-attacks.

Which Penetration Test is right for your organisation?

When it comes to penetration testing, there are various types, each tailored to address specific aspects of your organisation’s security. Depending on your business requirements and objectives, selecting the right type of penetration test is crucial to effectively identify vulnerabilities and mitigate risks.

Infrastructure Penetration Test (External)

The external network-layer penetration test provides a ‘real world’ understanding of your internet-facing environment and what could be exploited by threat actors. Conducted off-site, this test identifies weaknesses in the configuration of internet-facing system components and any security flaws due to missing patches or misconfigurations. External penetration testing can also be conducted against cloud-based infrastructure.

Infrastructure Penetration Test (Internal)

The internal network-layer penetration test provides a ‘real world’ understanding of how your environment looks and what could be exploited by threat actors. Typically conducted on-site, this test can also be performed remotely based on the scope. It identifies weaknesses in the configuration of internal system components such as firewalls, routers, switches, servers, desktops, laptops, tablet devices, etc., and any security flaws due to missing patches or misconfigurations. Internal penetration testing can also be conducted against cloud-based infrastructure.

Web Application Penetration Test (External)

Web application penetration testing is conducted from our secure data centre and aims to identify application layer vulnerabilities. The application undergoes both automated and manual tests to determine susceptibility to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) top-10 list of application vulnerabilities. Further testing is available for specialist areas including the OWASP mobile top 10, SANS, NIST, or compliance framework-based testing. Web application penetration tests can also be conducted for internally facing web-based applications.

Web API Penetration Test (External)

Web API penetration testing is conducted from our secure data centre and aims to identify vulnerabilities in web-based application programming interfaces. Generally RESTful or SOAP implementations used to securely exchange data between systems, APIs are tested using the OWASP API Security Project Framework. Internal APIs can also be tested.

Mobile Application Test

In the modern world, organisations are pushing out mobile apps to clients and staff members—these apps pose a significant risk of data loss, making regular testing essential. We test features such as application sandboxing, mobile platform usage, data transmission and storage, authentication mechanisms, and cryptographic mechanisms. Mobile application testing is generally conducted against Apple iOS and Android platforms, with accommodations for other platforms as needed.

Wireless Infrastructure Test

Wireless infrastructure tests are conducted on-site and cover internal, approved wireless network configuration and security, guest, third-party, or internet-only wireless network configuration and security, and identification of any unauthorised wireless devices. Our wireless infrastructure testing supports PCI DSS requirements.

Network Segmentation Test (Internal)

Network segmentation tests ensure that sensitive business functions are isolated from other areas of the network. This testing ensures effective and appropriate isolation, enabling sensitive business functions to remain secure. Our network segmentation testing supports PCI DSS requirements.

Cloud Systems Penetration Test

Internal, external, and segmentation testing can be conducted against cloud-based infrastructure. Standard virtual machines, network security groups, and Docker-based microservices managed by Kubernetes can all be tested for vulnerabilities to ensure system configurations are correct and security patches are up-to-date.

Red/Blue/Purple Teaming

Our comprehensive Red, Blue, and Purple Teaming services combine the strengths of offensive and defensive security approaches. Our Red Team simulates real-world attacks to identify vulnerabilities, while our Blue Team focuses on defending and improving your security posture. The Purple Team facilitates collaboration between the Red and Blue Teams, ensuring continuous improvement and adaptive security strategies. This integrated approach provides a thorough assessment of your security measures and enhances your organisation’s resilience against cyber threats.

Why Choose Secon for Your Penetration Testing Needs?

At Secon, we understand that robust cybersecurity is critical for protecting your business against evolving threats. Here’s why you should choose Secon as your trusted partner for penetration testing:

Expertise and Experience

We collaborate with highly skilled and certified penetration testers from leading suppliers, including CREST and CHECK accredited professionals, who bring a wealth of experience in identifying and mitigating security vulnerabilities. Through our partnerships, we have extensive experience working with organisations across various industries, allowing us to tailor our services to meet the unique security needs of your business.

Comprehensive Testing Services

From infrastructure and web application penetration testing to mobile application and wireless infrastructure assessments, we offer a comprehensive suite of services designed to cover all aspects of your cybersecurity. Our trusted suppliers use the latest tools and methodologies to simulate real-world attacks, ensuring a thorough examination of your security posture.

Regulatory Compliance

We help you meet regulatory and compliance standards, such as PCI DSS, ISO27001, GDPR, and more, through rigorous testing and detailed reporting provided by our expert suppliers. Our team and our suppliers stay current with the latest regulatory requirements and cyber security trends to ensure your organisation remains compliant and secure.

Collaborative Approach

We work closely with your team and our suppliers to understand your specific needs and customise our penetration testing services accordingly. Through our Red, Blue, and Purple Teaming services, we foster collaboration between offensive and defensive security teams, driving continuous improvement in your security measures.

Commitment to Excellence

We prioritise building long-term relationships with our clients, offering dedicated support and guidance throughout the penetration testing process. Our proactive approach, supported by our expert suppliers, helps you stay ahead of potential threats, enhancing your organisation’s resilience and overall cyber security posture.

Choosing Secon for your penetration testing needs means partnering with a team dedicated to safeguarding your business through expert, comprehensive, and collaborative security solutions. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help secure your organisation’s infrastructure and applications.

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