What is network penetration testing?
Secure and robust infrastructure is fundamental to your organisation’s cyber security. Given the financial costs of suffering a breach, it is advisable to perform regular internal and external penetration testing to identify and help address vulnerabilities.
Redscan’s CREST-accredited team, including Certified Infrastructure Testers (CCT INF), have extensive network penetration testing experience, helping organisations to identify exposures across on-premises and cloud environments.
Internal network penetration testing
External network penetration testing
Redscan’s network and infrastructure testing experts work with you to define any networks and assets in scope and devise an appropriate assessment strategy.
Reconnaissance and intelligence gathering
Our network penetration testers use the latest intelligence gathering techniques to uncover security and technical information that could be used to help them access your network.
Active scanning and vulnerability analysis
Using a combination of manual and automated tools, out testers identify security weaknesses and develop a strategy to exploit them.
To obtain initial access to your network, our experienced network penetration testers exploit all identified vulnerabilities, but in a safe way that avoids damage and disruption.
Once a network assessment is complete, our testers document key findings and supply prioritised remediation guidance to help address any identified exposures.
- What is the purpose of a network penetration test?
A network penetration test is a type of ethical hacking assessment designed to identify cyber security vulnerabilities that could be used to compromise on-premises and cloud environments. Network pen testing can include assessment of perimeter security controls as well as devices such as routers and switches.
- Can an internal pen test be performed remotely?
In many scenarios, internal penetration tests can be performed remotely via a VPN connection, but it’s generally recommended that an internal pen test is performed on-premises. If your organisation’s network is segmented, you may need help to decide upon the best physical location for internal pen testing to be conducted.
- How are pen test findings reported?
To help ensure that infrastructure pen test results are clearly communicated to technical and non-technical stakeholders, every Redscan penetration test includes a written report detailing all vulnerabilities discovered, the level of risk each vulnerability posed, the difficulty of exploitation and recommendations to assist swift remediation.
- What is the difference between internal pen testing and external pen testing?
An internal pen test is performed within an organisation’s network, looking for vulnerabilities from the inside. An external pen test is conducted remotely, with an ethical hacker searching for security vulnerabilities in internet-facing assets such as web, mail and FTP servers.
- What information is required to scope a network penetration test?
The information needed to scope an infrastructure penetration test is dependent upon whether an internal pen test or an external pen test is required. Information typically sought by a network pen test provider includes the total quantity of internal IPs and external IPs to be tested, subnets, and the number of physical locations.
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About our penetration testing services
Redscan’s CREST-accredited penetration testing services are designed to identify and safely exploit security vulnerabilities in infrastructure, systems and applications. As with Internal & External Penetration Testing, all our assessments are designed to pinpoint hidden security risks and provide the support and guidance needed to address them.
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Types of penetration test
Network infrastructure testing
Redscan rigorously investigates your network to identify and exploit a wide range of security vulnerabilities. This enables us to establish if assets such as data can be compromised, classify the risks posed to your overall cyber security, prioritise vulnerabilities to be addressed, and recommend actions to mitigate risks identified.
Unsecured wireless networks can enable attackers to enter your network and steal valuable data. Wireless penetration testing identifies vulnerabilities, quantifies the damage these could cause and determines how they should be remediated.
Application and API security review
Vulnerabilities contained within software are commonly exploited by cybercriminals and are easily introduced by under-pressure programmers. Redscan’s ethical hackers conduct automated and manual penetration tests to assess backend application logic and software and API source code.
Remote working assessment
If your organisation is embracing mass remote working for the first time, it’s important to ensure that it is doing so securely. Ensure your networks, applications and devices are protected and fully secured with a custom remote working security assessment.
Web application security testing
Web applications play a vital role in business success and are an attractive target for cybercriminals. Redscan’s ethical hacking services include website and web app penetration testing to identify vulnerabilities including SQL injection and cross-site scripting problems plus flaws in application logic and session management flows.
People continue to be one of the weakest links in an organisation’s cyber security. Redscan’s social engineering pen test service includes a range of email phishing engagements designed to assess the ability of your systems and personnel to detect and respond to a simulated attack exercise.
Mobile security testing
Mobile app usage is on the rise, with more and more companies enabling customers to conveniently access their services via tablets and smartphones. Redscan carries out in-depth mobile application assessments based on the latest development frameworks and security testing tools.
Firewall configuration review
Firewall rule sets can quickly become outdated. Redscan’s penetration testers can detect unsafe configurations and recommend changes to optimise security and throughput.
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