Network Penetration Testing

Our advanced penetration testing improves your security and keeps you in control.

What is Network Penetration Testing?

Essential an ethical hacking assessment, to identify cyber security vulnerabilities in your on-premises and cloud environments. Internal network penetration testing looks for vulnerabilities from the inside, while an external penetration test is focussed on internet-facing assets such as Firewalls, VPN’s web, mail and FTP servers and typically takes place remotely.

Testing allows an organisation to evaluate the security of its infrastructure against the latest threats.

What is External Infrastructure Penetration Testing?

An External Security Test is conducted remotely, targeting systems specified by the Client. This assessment can be performed in two ways:

Vulnerability Testing – Assessing the network to highlight key vulnerabilities and weak systems that can be abused by an attacker.

Goal based testing – This assessment attempts to simulate a real-world attack scenario, with the Client being able to carry out a specific scenario. The Client specifies a key system (or systems), and the Consultants attempt to compromise the specified host using a multiple, appropriate attack types.

Both assessments aim to highlight vulnerabilities and misconfigurations of systems, privilege escalation, data theft or gain a foothold in the supporting network.

The methods used for each assessment will be different, depending on the network, organisation and type of environment, and will take into account client concerns and risk appetite.

Along with assessing the actual technical risk, our consultants use analysis techniques to help your organisation mitigate the issues as quickly as possible. This will help reduce the risk posed to your company and users, reducing the likelihood of reputational damage.

After reporting the issues discovered during the assessment, Cognisys consultants are also available for further follow-up calls to clarify certain issues or help your organisation understand the risks posed. Our service can be fully tailored to the needs of your business, with reporting delivered in your preferred format where possible.

Overview

  • The following high-level areas
  • are included within the assessment:
  • Host discovery & port scanning
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Manual identification
  • and fingerprinting of services
  • Privilege escalation
  • Password evaluation
  • Cryptographic storage analysis
  • Exfiltration of data
  • Assessment steps
  • Discovery and enumeration

The hosts are scanned, with exposed services being assessed using a combination of manual and automated techniques. This includes a vulnerability assessment of all exposed hosts and their services.

Assessment

The assessment commences, analysing the findings and attempts are made, where safe and permitted, to exploit any vulnerabilities discovered. If access is

gained to the internal network, attempts will be made to access key systems on the internal network.

Reporting

The assessment is documented in a simple, easily digestible format.

What is Internal Penetration Testing?

An Internal Security Assessment is conducted on client premises, or more recently due to COVID-19, by using a SmartScan Box- shipped directly to site, targeting systems specified in advance by the Client. This assessment can be performed in two ways:

Vulnerability Assessment – Assessing the network to highlight key vulnerabilities and weak systems that can be abused by an attacker.

Goal based testing – This assessment attempts to simulate a real-world attack scenario, with the Client being able to carry out a specific scenario.

The Client specifies a key system (or systems), and the Consultants attempt to compromise the specified host using a multitude of attack types, as well as any machine attached to the network.

Both assessments aim to highlight vulnerabilities and misconfigurations of systems, which can allow a user who is not on the domain to perform privilege escalation, data theft or gain a foothold into another attached network.

The methods used for each assessment will be different, depending on the network, organisation and type of environment, and will take into account any client concerns and risk appetite.

Along with assessing the actual technical risk, our consultants use analysis techniques to help your organisation mitigate the issues as quickly as possible. This will help reduce the risk posed to your company and users, reducing the likelihood of reputational damage.

After reporting the issues discovered during the assessment, our consultants are also available for further follow-up calls to clarify certain issues or help your organisation understand the risks posed.

Our service can be fully tailored to the needs of your business, with reporting delivered in your preferred format where possible.

Overview

The following high-level areas can be included within the assessment:

  • Host discovery & port scanning
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Manual identification
  • and fingerprinting of services
  • Privilege escalation attempts to access the “crown jewels” of the network
  • Password evaluation
  • VLAN hopping
  • Analysis of VOIP services
  • Cryptographic storage analysis
  • Exfiltration of data
  • Assessment steps
  • Discovery and enumeration

The hosts are scanned, with exposed services being assessed using a combination of manual and automated techniques. This includes a vulnerability assessment

of all exposed hosts and their services.

Assessment

The assessment commences, analysing the findings and attempts are made, where safe and permitted, to exploit any vulnerabilities discovered. If access is gained to the internal network, attempts will be made to access key systems on the internal network.

Reporting

The assessment is documented in a simple, easily digestible format.

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“It was obvious, very quickly, that the Cognisys team knew exactly what they were doing. The speed that they uncovered some major issues justified our selection of them. I’d be more than happy to recommend them.”

Dan Mitchell

Head of IT – Clarion Solicitors

Alex Martin

Cyber Security Expert
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