Penetration Testing Services

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What is Penetration Testing?

A penetration test (pen test) is an authorised attack simulation against an organisations network or applications identifying vulnerabilities and security issues. Discovered vulnerabilities exploited confirming the severity of the issue and compromised machines. Machines compromised during an assessment are used to gain access into an organisations network, this process is carried out to help identify the level of access potential attacker could obtain.pen testing company

Summary:

Aptive are a UK based penetration testing company, providing cost effective IT security assessment services for infrastructure and applications. We help our clients improve security and remain compliant with regulatory compliance standards such as ISO 27001 and PCI DSS.

Service Overview:


Cyber security penetration testing performed by OSCP & CREST CCT certified consultants

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Penetration Testing Types

Below are Aptive’s primary cyber security assessment services, additionally we provide custom and bespoke security assessments for VoIP and IoT devices.

Network Penetration Testing

The process of assessing an organisations network infrastructure externally or internally to identify vulnerabilities and security issues. After discovery, vulnerabilities are safely exploited, confirming if the vulnerability exists. The process is manual, removing false positives typically returned by automated tools and vulnerability testing.

External Penetration Testing

Aptive provide external penetration testing, an assessment of an organisations network infrastructure, typically performed offsite to simulate the same set of conditions a real-world attacker would have. Working remotely gives Aptive the flexibility to perform penetration testing out of hours, further reducing impact and risk to the clients organisation.

Internal Penetration Testing

Aptive provide internal penetration tests onsite or by deploying an appliance allowing our team to connect remotely. Deploying an appliance onsite gives our team the flexibility to perform work out of hours, reducing costs and risk of disruption.

Web Application Security Assessment

Web application penetration testing simulates a real-world attack, identifying security issues within your organisations website and web services such as REST and SOAP API’s. Identified security issues are documented in a severity ordered report with clear recommendation instructions, allowing your organisation to fix and secure identified security issues.

Mobile App Security Assessment

Mobile app security testing is a consultant lead manual deep dive assessment conducted against a mobile application. Assessment is typically dynamic (conducted while the application is running) however, the client has the option to make the source code available for the penetration test. Providing source code optimises testing time by allowing for faster discovery and validation of security issues, and removes the need to reverse engineer binaries.

Advantages of Performing Cyber Security & Penetration Testing

Identify cyber security issues and risks, providing your organisation with a realistic overview of the current state of your IT security. Help assess your organisations current standing in relation to various compliance standards such as PCI DSS and ISO 27001. Go a step further than a vulnerability assessment and have a certified consultant confirm the existence of the identified security issues.

  • Gain an insight to the current state of security – assessment will identify a risk and severity ordered list of discovered security issues for your organisation
  • Address compliance requirements – many regulatory and compliance standards such as the GDPR, ISO 27001 and PCI DSS recommend or require annual penetration testing
  • Protect your companies brand and reputation – by identifying security issues you’re taking a step to help prevent a data breach (the GDPR states all data breaches must be reported no later than 72 hours)
  • Manage resources – using the severity ordered remediation plan, accurately assign your organisations resources to remediate high severity issues first
  • Justify budget – using Aptive’s report you can reach out to non-technical budget controllers or stake holder and justify additional budgets for resources / hardware to improve your organisations cyber security
  • Test existing controls – many organisations spend large amounts of their budgets implementing security protection devices such as firewalls, WAFs, and vulnerability management. Assessment will help identify if controls are configured correctly and are working as expected

Why use Aptive

Certified Penetration Testers

Performed by OSCP certified and CREST registered testers.

Free Retesting

Free retesting on discovered security issues.

Proven Methodology

Aptive performs security assessments based on the OWASP testing methodology.

Easy to Understand Reports

Discovered security issues in severity order with remediation instructions.

Fixed Price Proposals

Transparent costs and fixed price proposals, giving you peace of mind.

Custom Penetration Testing

Custom Testing tailored to your business requirements.

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  1. Scoping

    Working with you to identify all systems / applications that require pen testing.

  2. Testing

    Security testing is conducted by our CREST certified penetration testing consultants, following our internal methodology.

  3. Reporting

    Delivering clear easy to understand severity ordered reports, detailing identified issues and providing concise remediation steps.

  4. Debrief

    Further explanation and demonstrations of vulnerabilities / exploits.

  5. Retesting

46% of UK businesses overall identified cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 – GOV.UK

45% of breaches were micro/small businesses

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 – GOV.UK

66% were medium to large businesses

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 – GOV.UK

74% of UK businesses where directors or senior management say cyber security is a high priority

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 – GOV.UK

How often should Penetration Testing be conducted?

Penetration testing should be performed on a regular basis to ensure newly discovered threats and vulnerabilities are discovered and resolved before any potential attacker detects and exploits them in the wild. In addition to regular security assessments demanded by regulatory and compliance standards, network security audits should also be completed when:

  • New changes to network infrastructure
  • External servers or applications are deployed (including cloud / external servers)
  • Significant upgrades or modifications to infrastructure or applications
  • At new office locations
  • After the company acquires other companies (including mergers)
  • After security patching to ensure applications and infrastructure are no longer vulnerable

Below is an overview of Aptive’s penetration testing methodology typically used for external infrastructure (network) penetration testing.

Discovery / Reconnaissance

Discovery takes place before any penetration testing is conducted, the process involves collecting as much information about the organisation or application as possible. The information gathered at the discovery stage of testing is used to help identify weaknesses directly or provide information that can help with later stages of testing. Typically all publicly available information is enumerated such as:

  • WHOIS
  • Github
  • Pastebin
  • DNS
  • Web forums
  • Email addresses
  • Search engine recon

Network Mapping / Enumeration

In scope addresses are manually enumerated for useful information such as services and versions.

Service Enumeration

As much information as possible is gathered / enumerated from each exposed service.

Vulnerability Assessment

After enumeration of the server(s) / network a Vulnerability assessment is completed, helping identify known public vulnerabilities. This process helps identify information that can be manually assessed in the next step.

Password Testing

Depending on client requirements, discovered forms or password hashes are tested using the latest password recovery techniques, helping identify if current password policies are sufficient.

Vulnerability Research

Services revealed at the enumeration and vulnerability assessment stage are researched for public exploits and or known exploit methods.

Exploitation

Discovered services are manually and safely tested or exploited to confirm if they are vulnerable.

Ex-filtration

Successfully compromised machines are locally enumerated for valuable data, if possible (scope permitting) user privileges are escalated to admin root. Screenshots of account privilege level or discovered data are taken for evidence.

Pivoting

Compromised machines are used to route traffic, allowing the pen testing consultant to access the internal network or other machines / network subnet. This demonstrates the risk of a potential breach and how far an attacker may get within the target companies network.

Reporting

All discovered security findings are documented in severity ordered report with clear concise remediation instructions and their associated risk and impact.

Retesting

All our penetration testing services come with free retesting on reported findings.


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Penetration Testing Costs

All our penetration tests are performed manually using methodologies based on industry-approved frameworks such as OWASP. If you would like to sample the quality of our work you can request an example report.

TypeStarting PriceDescription
External Network Request PricePrice for an external test for up to 10 external IP addresses, pen testing assesses an organisations network & infrastructure externally, helping identify vulnerabilities & security issues.
Internal Network Request PricePrice for internal test for up to 25 internal addresses, pen testing is performed inside the corporate network, assessing operating system & infrastructure security vulnerabilities. *
Web Application Request PricePrice for a manual security assessment of a single web application consisting of less than 25 static or dynamic pages, 1 level of authentication. The web app security test includes file upload testing and all areas of the OWASP top 10.
Mobile Application Request PricePrice for a manual mobile app security assessment for a single iOS or Android application, mobile apps are assessed using a methodology based on the OWASP mobile testing framework.
Wireless Request PriceWireless network security audit, performed manually. Price is for a single AP as part of an internal pen test, additional AP's can be added for an additional charge.

Prices are in GBP + VAT

Prices are provided as examples to help potential clients.

* custom services and web applications are not included.

All our security services meet the requirements / recommendations for PCI DSS 3.2 and ISO 27001.


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