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
What is penetration testing?
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.
46% of organizations uncovered a critical flaw which could have put their business at risk using penetration testing
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 application penetration testing
This penetration testing service is used to discover application vulnerabilities in web services. Pen testers use different skills and attack simulation techniques to identify security flaws such as SQL injection and XSS in proprietary as well as open source applications with the aim to gain access to sensitive data. For applications that get updated often and need regular testing, it's worth considering pen-testing-as-a-service for better cost efficiency.
Mobile application 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 reputation damage. Clear remediation instructions are provided with consultant assisted remediation guidance, helping you understand and secure your mobile applications running on IOS and android.
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.
Social engineering penetration testing
This type of pen test focuses on the people and process element of security, using a variety of phishing techniques to trick users into sharing sensitive information or opening a malicious file. It’s a great way to evaluate the security awareness of your employees and their adherence to company policies.
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
Key elements of a success penetration test
Your guide to penetration testing
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 proving and meeting regulatory and indsutry compliance standards such as PCI, GDPR and CIS controls.
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
Testing for regulatory compliance or proof of security