How do we perform Penetration Testing UK?
To identify weaknesses before attackers do, ConnectDS carries out a penetration testing assessments by organising a coordinated real-time simulated cyber attack using our professional team of ethical hackers to attack business systems. This simulated cyber attack aligns to penetration testing frameworks and is an all-encompassing assurance service. ConnectDS offer a fully consultative service to work with your business to understand and scope your business for your Penetration testing requirements. We do this by understanding your environment, limitations, and business requirements for security testing; click the button at the bottom of this page to get pricing for your penetration test requirements. Our pen testing services identify vulnerabilities and measures their effect through safe exploitation. Based on your objectives, our penetration testing can be either:
- External Penetration test – Our security experts target your internet facing business assets using specialist penetration testing tools to identify security vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be leveraged by an attacker at your network perimeter.
- Internal Penetration test – Our security professionals simulate an attack in your internal network and behind the firewall. This provides insight to vulnerabilities of business systems that communicate with external networks or systems that attackers may have direct access to upon local network access via a successful system compromise or direct network access.
Once the extent of the assessment and commercial aspects are agreed, ConnectDS formalise the statement of work with the security consent needed before performing any testing work – This statement makes sure all participants are aware of the process, timelines, and assessment scope.
Throughout the testing process, our pen testers collate all testing stages and findings into the main report, which outlines the necessary action that you must take in the short-term. The report includes insights for essential measures that you can take as an ongoing strategy to minimise security risks and reduce the chance of a successful cyber incident to a minimum. Products we provide at the end of and during the engagement include a formal penetration test report that contains details on your current security posture and remediation advice and mitigation strategies.
As companies are increasingly relying on technology, the need to make sure your technology systems are secure from malicious attackers and that the impact of a security incident does not compromise the integrity and operations of your business. Security Pen tests are an essential part of improving your company’s cyber security position, it is recommended that these assessments are performed by a professional external company and that can provide a consultative method of validating your existing security controls and assessing and identifying weakness that could be exploited in the real world with detrimental effects to your business, such as:
- Loss of client trust
- Damaged reputation
- Loss of income
- Loss of confidential information
- Compliance violations
- Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fines
ConnectDS offer retest services to validate remediation of vulnerabilities as identified in the initial penetration test report. ConnectDS also perform social engineering assessments to measure the susceptibility of staff members of clicking a targeted email; this identifies the risk of employees clicking on suspicious links and phishing campaigns and allows for tailored staff security training.