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What is cyber security testing and why is it important?

Cyber security assessment and testing aims at identifying includes technical and operational weaknesses that when addressed help to develop and maintain cyber readiness of an organisation.

Cyber security assurances are sought at various stages of business transactions. Multiple tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) are used during testing to check the effectiveness of an organisations’ defensive controls.

Proactive cyber security approach demands regular testing to input risks based on likelihood and impact into the internal vulnerability management process. It ensures that business is analysing, classifying and mitigating risks to develop and maintain cyber resilience.

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How do you test cyber security controls?

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Designing and implementing strong security controls is one side of the coin. One of the primary objectives of a cyber security management program is to verify the controls in place. Without cyber security assessments, there is no way to figure out if the established controls are working as intended. 

The following metrics collectively help a business to continuously assess, analyse and improve its cyber security program:

  • Define specific objectives to measure security performance in the organisation. This is usually a mix of operational security and performance-related facts and figures unless compliance goals are part of the plan. 
  • Regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing on the target assets to assess the effectiveness of secure configuration baselines, patch management, logging, monitoring and a number of other security areas. 
  • Internal team review of security policies, procedures and implementation of risk remediation measures from assessment findings.  

Benefits of security assessments

What are the different types of security testing?

The proactive approach ensures timely identification and mitigation measures to help protect your business and its interests whether it’s your organisation or your supply chain. Cyphere’s cyber security services help customers identify and assess the weaknesses in context of their business. 

Penetration Testing

Pen testing engagements to identify weaknesses in people, processes and technological controls. 

These assessments vary in scope based on target assets such as web or mobile applications, networks, servers or entire organisation.

Web Application Testing

Our security consultants test and perform assessment across your internal, external web applications, web services based on OWASP methodology.

It includes source code reviews, threat modelling and database security reviews.

Cloud Pen Testing

Most organizations are migrating to cloud due to ease of use and 24 x 7 availability. 

As an end user of cloud hosted solution, it is your responsibility to ensure that the security of any operating systems and applications hosted in the cloud are continuously maintained and tested.

Vulnerability Assessments

Vulnerability assessments provide insight into vulnerabilities affecting your internal and external networks.
It helps to identify and quantify the potential risks threatening your environment while minimising internal costs.

Mobile App Penetration Testing

Ensuring the safety and security of user data is paramount to running any mobile applications. 

Our tailored services are designed to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities in your mobile applications and devices.

Bespoke Security Tests

These cybersecurity audits are tailored in varies scopes such as supply chain reviews, M&A due diligence, IoT, remote working security and a range of advanced penetration testing scenarios. These projects can be tailored for the security needs of your company. Get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Three different test types are black box (without prior knowledge), grey box (with some knowledge) and white box (with all prior knowledge) security testing. Based on the threat scenario and access to the consultant, each type involves different scope.

Our security assessment methodology encompasses OWASP Top 10, SANS Top 20 Critical Controls and CIS, NIST 800-115. Any other standards needed for specific projects can be included as per customer request. See our pen test blog post for a detailed article on penetration testing.

In order to maintain quality and add value to customer investment, we do not utilise automated scanners that run and report tests. A mixed approach involves a range of open source and commercial pentest tools in addition to multiple scripts/utilities are utilised to uncover hidden and complex vulnerabilities.

Scope of the test depends upon the asset functionality. For instance, an application is estimated based on its functionality, dynamic content and form fields, authentication, APIs, third-party modules.
Unauthorised or authorised exercises differ in timescales due to the lead time required to build knowledge about the functionality of the asset.

Communication plays an important role during security assessments. We always prompt customers to inform us about fragile components during project initiation meetings. Low level attacks, Denial of Service attacks are explicitly deemed out of scope for all assessments.

Majority of the pentesting projects can be conducted remotely via a VPN, IP restrictions, or similarly controlled setups. Wireless pen tests are most effective when performed onsite.

Cyber security assessment approach

Customer Business Insight

The very first step remains our quest to gain insight into drivers, business, pain points and relevant nuances. As part of this process, we understand the assets that are part of the scope.

Services Proposal

It is important to gain grips with the reality, therefore, we always stress on walkthroughs or technical documentation of the assets. After asset walkthroughs, a tailored proposal ensures detailed services and rules of engagement.

Execution and Delivery

Cyphere’s approach to all work involves excellent communication before and during the execution phase. Customer communication medium and frequency are mutually agreed, and relevant parties are kept updated throughout the engagement duration.

Data Analysis & Reporting

Execution phase is followed by data analysis and reporting phase. Cyphere performs analysis on the testing output, evaluates the risk impact and likelihood of exploitation in realistic scenarios before providing action plans to remediate the identified risks. All our reports address business as well as the technical audience with supporting raw data, including mitigation measures at strategic and tactical levels

Debrief & Support

As part of our engagement process, customers schedule a free of charge debrief with management and technical teams. This session involves remediation plan, assessment QA to ensure that customer contacts are up to date in the language they understand.

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