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Does ISO 27001 Compliance Require Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing and ISO 27001 vulnerability analysis is an important part of ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification. Annex A.12.6 of ISO 27001 standard refers to A.12.6.1 ‘technical vulnerability management’ and A.12.6.2 ‘restrictions on software installations. Objective A.12.6.1 states that ‘information about technical vulnerabilities of information systems being used shall be obtained in a timely fashion, the organisation’s exposure to such technical vulnerabilities evaluated and appropriate measures taken to address the associated risk’.

A pen test is carried out to assesss the new and emerging threats as well as known vulnerabilities found during testing, that may consist of inadequate passwords usage, lack of hardening of network equipment or wireless devices (or wireless and guest networks). The resultant findings are snapshot of an organization’s exposure based on security threats highlighted in the results.

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What is an ISO 27001 penetration test?

A technical security assessment is aimed at identifying, exploiting, and remediating cyber security vulnerabilities in a timely fashion. This ISO 27001 security assessment is conducted once the information security management systems scope is identified. 

Our tests are tailored to meet ISO 27001 penetration testing requirements during risk assessment or continual improvement stages. These assessments are conducted by experienced security consultants to consult security measures who have industry-leading certifications and sector-specific experience to communicate in technical and functional languages. 

As part of our ISO 27001 penetration test engagement approach, all deliverables are customised to demonstrate compliance requirements.


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Common Questions about ISO 27001 Pentesting

Penetration test is an essential component of ISO 27001 security standard. Before you conduct a compliance audit, an ISO 27001 pen test is a pre-requisite. If you notice ISO 27001 objective A.12.6.1, it requires an organisation to implement effective ISO 27001 vulnerability assessment. To gain insight into quantifying the risks posed by digital assets, penetration testing work is recommended where they identify vulnerabilities that are exploited to assess real risk as opposed to a vulnerability scanner risk rating.

A vulnerability scan (also known as an automated scan or a security scan) is useful to identify vulnerabilities or low-level hanging fruits such as missing patches, it does not cover in-depth reviews of an asset because no manual exploitation is carried out. This is often cheaper in terms of pricing.

A penetration test (using a manual approach) goes a step further by safely exploiting the identified weaknesses such as SQL injection, weak passwords, encryption flaws, data leaking and security issues, establishing if they are not just false positives, and uncovering flaws such as business logic issues that are otherwise uncovered during an automated test.

Just like the payment processing industry PCI DSS compliance, ISO 27001 penetration testing frequency is generally recommended as once a year to comply with certification standards. This could change where major infrastructure changes have impacted the environment configuration and altered the state of its systems. With modern technological complexities and evolving threat landscapes, interim assessment t is often conducted before in-depth annual penetration tests or upon changes to the infrastructure.

ISO 27001 penetration testing pricing takes into account the number of assets in scope. Based on the number of hosts, networks, or devices and if they are internal (inside the firewall) or internet-facing, pricing is calculated based on the time needed. Our custom proposals provide you with flexibility and transparent breakdowns of costs and options. Prices are significantly cheaper than ISO pen test prices. However, it does not provide any depth as ISO 27001 pentest does.

Security testing adds significant value to both compliance projects and organisation ISO 27001 endpoint security objectives. This is carried out during multiple stages such as part of the risk assessment process to uncover vulnerabilities, as part of the risk remediation to assess the controls are performing as they were meant to, and as part of the continual improvement process to maintain ISO 27001 compliance.

A custom-written report is prepared based on the findings. This report serves both technical and non-technical audiences with specific sections dedicated to strategic and tactical recommendations, raw/supplemental data, proof of concepts, and risk details such as impact, likelihood, and risk scorings. This is followed by mitigation advice along with related references to help customer teams with remediation.

Types of ISO 27001 penetration testing services

Based on the scope of information security and its associated assets, any of the following types can be aligned to ISMS project requirements to assess associated risk. These assessments are carried out with the white box, gray box and black box methodologies based on the objectives.

Network Penetration Testing

Network security penetration testing cover a broad spectrum of levels, including single build reviews, and segregation reviews to network-wide assessments such as internal infrastructure and company-wide assessments such as cyber health checks to meet the firm's ISO 27001 security objectives.


ISO 27001 Web Application Security

Our team of Cybersecurity experts will do ISO 27001 web application security and perform security assessments against web applications and web services/APIs in the scope. Other services include code reviews, and threat modeling in operating systems.


Cloud Penetration Testing

Most organisations are migrating to the cloud due to ease of use and 24 x 7 availability. As an end user of a cloud-hosted solution, it is your responsibility to ensure that the security of any operating systems and applications hosted in the cloud is continuously maintained and tested.


Vulnerability Assessments

ISO 27001 Vulnerability assessments provide insight into such vulnerabilities that are affecting your internal devices, or external networks. Best practice vulnerability scanning helps to identify and quantify the potential risks.


Managed Security

Our MSS offering involves continuous assurance exercises such as vulnerability scanning and managed services around Open Source Intel, Phishing, External and Internal networks and applications.


Mobile Penetration Testing

Ensuring the safety and security of user data is paramount to running any mobile application. Our tailored services are designed to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities before it's too late.


Why choose Cyphere for ISO 27001 Pen Testing Services?

Benefits of ISO 27001 pentesting & vulnerability analysis

By uncovering vulnerabilities in your environment you can identify and fix security issues and relate them to identifiable threats. This makes your environment more secure and reduces the risk of a security breach.

Additionally, knowing about the vulnerabilities due to poorly coded websites or identifying vulnerabilities in your environment allows you to take steps to protect yourself against them. For example, you can use vulnerability scanning tools to find out which systems are vulnerable and then apply patches or other security measures to protect them.

ISO 27001 penetration testing validates security controls by verifying that the organisation’s risk treatment plan is effective.

One of the primary goals of penetration testing ISO 27001 and vulnerability assessment is to help identify and prioritise areas to continually improve within an organisation’s security management programme. By reducing the likelihood of a compromise, organisations can protect their data, systems, and operations from potential harm such as a data breach or being part of data breaches outside your organisation.

An information security management system is a framework of policies, procedures, and controls that organisations put in place to protect their information assets. It ensures that systems are demonstrating data security and following good practices to thwart malicious attacks, protecting the CIA triad and ensuring legal compliance. ISO pentest certification proves that an organisation has implemented an effective information security management system. It also indicates that the organisation is committed to data security and is capable of protecting its clients and supply chain data as well as adhering to security standards.

Performing penetration testing ISO 27001 is one of the key activities that is used to assess the security of an organisation’s systems and networks. By demonstrating the effectiveness of its pen testing process, an organisation can show its management the level of risk that is being mitigated by its security controls. This can help to justify investments in further security improvements.

Our Engagement 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 (such as external IP addresses,  internal network size and other regulatory compliance requirements) that are part of the scope prepared after taking into account regulatory and contractual requirements.

Services Proposal

It is important to gain grips with the reality, therefore, we always stress walkthroughs or technical documentation of the assets. After asset walkthroughs, a tailored proposal is designed to meet your business’ specific requirements.

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 upon, and relevant parties are kept updated throughout the engagement duration.

Data Analysis & Reporting

The execution phase is followed by the data analysis and reporting phase. Cyphere performs analysis on the testing output and 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 to debrief with management and technical teams. This session involves a remediation plan, and assessment QA to ensure that customer contacts are up to date in the language they understand.

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