Behind every high-profile data-breach headline, there are 100s of other similar stories of cyber attacks that cause major financial pain and reputational loss to their victims. The fact is that cyber crime is no longer a backroom activity but a growing business, driven by hacktivist groups, organised criminal gangs and state-sponsored cyber terrorists. And attacks are no longer directed only at government organisations, large financial institutions and corporations. Companies of all types and sizes are now facing increasing internal and external threats.
Despite more investment in strengthening corporate IT defences, it is impossible to be 100% secure. What is important is that companies discover where their security weaknesses are and take measures to mitigate the risks before someone else finds these vulnerabilities and exploits them for their own means.
The best way to do this is through simulating real-world malicious attacks with the latest and most sophisticated techniques used by cyber criminals. A comprehensive penetration test will see just how easy it is to break into a network or computer system and steal valuable data or – in the case of ransomware - deny access to critical assets.
Demand for this very skilled and technical investigation and analysis is on the rise, but with hundreds of companies offering their services, how can you have confidence and trust in the people you choose to do this sensitive work. You need to be sure that you are working with professionally qualified and skilled individuals in companies with the appropriate processes and methodologies to protect data and integrity.
That’s why at Cyberis, we think it is extremely important to be a member of CREST.
CREST is a not-for-profit body established in 2006 by the technical security industry with the support of the UK Government to provide internationally recognised accreditation for organisations and certification of individuals providing penetration testing, cyber incident response and threat intelligence services. All CREST member companies undergo stringent assessment every year and sign up to a strict and enforceable code of conduct; while CREST qualified individuals must pass the most challenging and rigorous examinations in the industry worldwide, to demonstrate knowledge, skill and competence.
How does a penetration test work?
Before conducting a penetration test, we will consult with you to explore the threat landscape of your business, your internal security requirements and concerns, to ensure that the work is tailored appropriately for your needs.
The penetration test itself comprises a comprehensive examination of the infrastructure environment under assessment, reviewing available systems and services to determine if and how these could be abused by a real-world attacker to gain unauthorised access to information assets or compromise integrity.
Once the testing is complete, we will ensure all relevant parties are fully briefed and that a prioritised mitigation plan can be produced, aligned with your organisation's risk appetite. Where patterns of vulnerability have been identified, we will perform a root cause analysis to help your business address the problem at source, rather than treating individual symptoms.
- Understand your current exposure and risk profile in the context of your infrastructure environment, allowing you to protect your assets and your brand
- Receive constructive and pragmatic remediation advice to help target your resources to reduce residual risk in the most cost-effective way
- Identify flawed information security processes and address these at the root cause
- Meet internal and external compliance requirements
- Demonstrate due diligence in protection of confidential information
Penetration testing is just one of a wide range of technical assurance services we offer at Cyberis, from simple vulnerability assessments to in-depth advanced Red Team targeted attacks. In addition to putting your infrastructure to the test, we can also look at application security to assess all elements of functionality from simple flaws such as input validation errors to complex weaknesses including the poor implementation of business logic. This extends to testing the security of mobile applications.
With the highest calibre of CREST-certified technical consultants, we can provide the knowledge, experience and trust to help you identify and manage risks before these become threats.
If you don’t want to feature in the next data-breach news headlines, you need to stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals. So, come and talk to us about our services and how we can help safeguard your business against financial loss, reputational damage and harmful publicity.