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Penetration testing services

From classic pen testing services, attack simulation to red teaming, our penetration testers apply the logic used by cybercriminals to uncover your security weakness

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Penetration testing is a simulated cyber attack against an organization to identify security exposure in a system and business process. Our penetration testers will attempt to breach any software and hardware from a hacker’s perspective to uncover exploitable vulnerabilities and logic errors that could put your business at risk. Insights gathered from the testing services can be used to verify security controls and improve your organization’s vulnerability assessment and management process.

A well scoped penetration test is essential for identifying business risks present in an operational system and providing assurance for security best practice.

Penetration testing types

Network penetration testing

The purpose of this common type of pen test is to detect security vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the network environment including servers, firewalls and IT equipment before they can become exploitable by hackers.

Web app & API penetration testing

Our CREST certified penetration testing service offers comprehensive web application and API penetration testing, from highly automated to in-depth manual penetration testing.

Mobile app penetration testing

Mobile application pen testing provides a complete assessment of your mobile application to identify security issues that can endanger your users, expose sensitive information and cause reputational damage. 

Physical penetration testing

This pen test simulates a real-world attack whereby a penetration tester attempts to compromise physical security to access a business’s network, building, or personnel with a goal to launch a cyber attack to identify security gaps.

The economics of penetration testing for web application security

Discover more about the true cost of pen testing that nobody tells you

  • The true cost of application pen testing
  • Why it’s important to use a combination of pen testing and automated scanning in modern threat landscape
  • How to get the best value from your security solution

Penetration testing solutions by Outpost24

Knowing what could go wrong is key to improving cyber defense. We offer a holistic testing approach from classic penetration testing to advanced breach assessment and scenario-based attack simulation to explore hidden threats
Penetration testing & compliance
Classic pen testing services including exploitation on a pre-defined scope for network infrastructure, web and mobile applications. This can also be used to report regulatory obligations such as PCI, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley or internal policy compliance like CIS controls
Digital footprint assessment 

The use of cloud services and web applications has skyrocketed and so has the risk of cyber attacks. Our pen testers gather info about your business' internet facing systems through OSINT and puts your external network to the test by formulating potential attacks to reveal the effectiveness of your perimeter defense

 Assumed breach assessment

The mass migration to home working has created new security challenges for remote workers. Our operatives will assess your security measures from inside and out in the event of a breach from passive network monitoring to active exploit for a true picture of your defense mechanisms

Red team assessment

For companies with mature security controls, a scenario-based attack simulation in which our pen testers will try to obtain pre-defined crown jewels using adversarial tools, tactics and procedures relevant to uncover attack paths provides the ultimate validation for your defensive response and cyber resilience

Securing Iceland's largest bank from scanning to business risk management

We helped our client address and better understand security threats to achieve compliance, and securing existing vulnerabilities to prevent a potential attack. Learn how we helped them to level up their cyber defense and ward off hacking attempts.
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Hákon Åkerlund IT Security Manager at Landsbankinn, Landsbankinn
“We selected Outpost24 because it was the best option in our thorough evaluation. We were impressed with the full solution and service delivery”
Key elements of a penetration test
Planning and Scoping

In this planning phase it's critical to define your goals for the security assessment. Agree the pen test scope and your objectives with the chosen service provider including on or off-site requirements, the volume of servers and assets involved and the timing and duration of the penetration test

Pre Attack Phase

A pre-attack exercise is required when your testing service starts to create an in-depth plan for execution to deliver the best result. During this reconnaissance phase, testers will gather open-source intelligence or any publicly available information and data that they can use to exploit your systems

Attack Phase

Once a list of potential weak points has been established pen testers will attempt to gain access using a variety of social engineering and hacking techniques to exploit known vulnerabilities and gaps in business proces and security awareness with a simulated attack to ascertain how far they can go


Once the test is completed a detailed report including a list of vulnerabilities, evidence and analysis of the findings will be shared. This will help you better understand how these issues could increase your risk of cyberattack and best practice for improving security measures

Top reasons to get a pen test

  • Increased cyber attacks since the global pandemic
  • Unsure about your risk level and security awareness of your employees
  • Need to validate the effectiveness of your defensive mechanism
  • Assess security exposure for strategy and planning
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Your guide to penetration testing

What is a pen test? ⇘

A Penetration test is an authorized simulated attack on a computer or physical system, performed by penetration testers to evaluate the security of the system. It's often used to complement an organization's vulnerability management process to ensure security hygiene for better risk management.

Who is involved in a penetration test? ⇘

A pen test is instructed by an organization on a predefined scope and objective. Following best practice like OWASP Testing guide, penetration testing execution standards (PTES) and others, Pen testers will discover and assess vulnerabilities for further analysis and report back to the client for action and compliance checking.

Why is a pen test important? ⇘

Pen testing is an effective way to detect flaws in your application or infrastructure before they turn into a serious threat to your business. A pen test is where organizations set real scenarios for ‘ethical-hackers’ to attempt an attack and the results highlight where your organization’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities lie.

How long does a pen test take? ⇘

It depends on the scope and size of your organization. For a network pen test it can take around 2-3 days. However, for an application pen test processing vast amounts of data could be up to 10 days and a larger scale physical assessment can take several weeks.

What is the difference between penetration testing and vulnerability assessment? ⇘

Vulnerability assessment automatically scans a predefined set of systems for known vulnerabilities. Whereas a penetration test is a manual examination, conducted by a pen tester to identify logic errors that a scanner might miss to better understand any exploitable weaknesses in your system. They are both critical to monitor and improve an organization’s security posture.

What happens when a pen test is done? ⇘

The pen testers will share a report with their findings. Security teams and IT teams should work together to assess the findings and develop an action plan to implement the necessary patches. Change requests will be raised to other internal teams to rectify issues identified. In Pen test as a services scenario, this process happens continuously through automation.

What is the difference between penetration testing and red teaming? ⇘

They serve different purposes depending on an organization’s security maturity and testing goal. Penetration testing takes a general view to testing by finding and exploiting as many vulnerabilities and insecure business processes as possible in a given timeframe. Whereas Red Teaming is a scenario-based attack simulation testing an organization's detection and response capabilities for ransomware and phishing attempts to provide actionable recommendations for improvements.

How much does a penetration testing cost? ⇘

Cost of a pen test depends on scope and time it takes to complete. A web application pen test can cost anything between $7,500 to $20,000 including planning and reporting. It’s not just the financial implications but the time it takes to run from start to finish can be longer than you think.

What does CREST certified mean? ⇘

CREST is a certification body representing the information security industry. All CREST member companies must undergo a rigorous assessment of their services, processes and quality to ensure consistency of knowledge against the evolving security backdrop. Outpost24’s penetration testing services in the web application product portfolio is CREST certified.

What are the main benefits of a pen test? ⇘

The main benefits of a penetration test are being able to identify security vulnerabilities in your systems; reduce the risk of hackers finding and exploiting weaknesses to prevent costly data breach; and providing and meeting regulatory and industry compliance standards such as PCI, GDPR and CIS controls.

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