PENETRATION TESTING SERVICES IN THE UK
Uncover the unknowns in your environment in order to prepare and defend against cyber attacks. Cyphere is a leading UK penetration testing company, based in Manchester, offering independent security testing services. Secure your business by identifying, analysing and mitigating cyber vulnerabilities.
What is Penetration Testing?
Penetration testing is a technical cybersecurity exercise aimed at finding security weaknesses in a company’s internal and external networks, web applications or systems. This cybersecurity assurance is provided against an organisation’s assets.
By utilising pen test services to identify security vulnerabilities, businesses are able to find out the extent to which their assets (people, process and technology) are exploitable and can then take the necessary steps to reduce the risk. This type of security testing, also known as ethical hacking, is more about manual approach and is targeted to find vulnerabilities in real-world scenarios outside the reach of vulnerability scanners or a vulnerability assessment (See the difference in FAQ section below).
Our cyber security services are tailored to help your business stand against security incidents such as data breaches and cyber attacks.
Benefits of Penetration Testing Service
Pen Testing Vulnerabilities
Secure hardening vulnerabilities across networking, security, telecommunications & other internal equipment, operating system and endpoint vulnerabilities.
Logging and monitoring controls are reviewed to identify flaws in event collection, analysis and threat identification.
We identify security flaws and check against the configuration and use of encryption methods used for data at rest and transit. This ensures data is safe against tampering and eavesdropping attacks.
Penetration Testing Manchester Offerings
There are many different types of security services offering different benefits and uses. Our penetration testing service cover a broad spectrum of domains such as cloud, wireless, mobile, stealth campaigns, phishing, IoT, external & internal network infrastructure, social engineering and solutions.
Network Penetration Testing
Internal & external network infrastructure pen testing service covers multiple scopes ranging from single build reviews, segregation reviews to network-wide assessments such as active directory or a cyber health check.
Web Application Penetration Testing
Our team of penetration testers will test and perform penetration tests on your web applications and web services/APIs.
Web app pentesting includes source code reviews, API security testing, threat modelling and database security.
Cloud Penetration 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.
Mobile Application 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.
Red Team Operations
Our Red Team testing operations aimed at simulating a real-world cyber attack to check your attack preparedness.
Our key service features include flexible pricing, actionable outcomes and an adversarial mindset helping customer upskill blue team capabilities.
Bespoke Security Reviews
This comprehensive cybersecurity audit covers supply chain risk, M&A due diligence, IoT and a range of advanced penetration testing scenarios and bespoke projects that can be tailored for the security needs of your company. Remote working security assessment falls under this category.
Penetration Testing Methodology
Assessment methodology defines the depth and breadth of how and on what basis test cases are generated. Cyphere’s pentesting engagement methodology, also known as Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT), is broken down into five phases:
- Initial Scoping & Objectives Agreement: This is a conversational phase to go through pain points/primary security concerns and discuss the assets in scope, out of scope and the objectives for the security test. Communication protocols, fragile components, third-party service providers authorisation, pre-requisites and planning falls into this phase.
- Reconnaissance: The recon process involves collecting information about the target network, application, systems or devices as much as possible. This sets the ground for attack layout preparation.
- Scanning: This is an activity aimed at finding what services (such as email services, web services hosting applications, file transfer services/protocols) are running on each of the targets in scope. Activities such as network mapping, service enumeration, vulnerability scanning are part of this phase to identify network and operating system vulnerabilities.
- Exploitation: The vulnerability exploitation phase involves exploiting the identified vulnerabilities to measure the extent of the breach of a security vulnerability. It is performed in a controlled manner, keeping in view the fragility of the assets in scope and agreed objectives. Password testing (cracking & analysis), vulnerability research, lateral movement, post-exploitation activities belong to this section.
- Reporting: This is amongst the most important parts of any security test. The information must make sense to customers investing their time and resources. All our reports include raw data, supporting screenshots, tactical and strategic recommendations, management reports and technical reports. There is a debrief call at the end of every security assessment to ensure the customer has an understanding of the findings and have a remediation plan in mind.
- Remediation: This is an optional remediation consultancy to help mitigate cyber security risk to the relevant asset identified during penetration testing. Due to security skill-set and environmental complexities faced by organisations, our approach involves risk focussed approach towards risk remediation.
Pen Testing Services Frequently Asked Questions
To identify network vulnerabilities (or application, various levels) in the networks, applications, systems or devices that could negatively impact their business or reputation if they led to the compromise or abuse of systems. We ensure all our deliverables clearly mention whether a vulnerability has been manually verified with a scanner or cannot be exploited. This realistic check is important to know when calculating how many vulnerabilities in your network are actually exploitable.
Three different penetration test types are black box (without prior knowledge), grey box (with some knowledge) and white box (with all prior knowledge) assessments. All pen tests are aimed at uncovering vulnerabilities that may allow threat actors to gain access to your systems.
A vulnerability assessment takes an automated approach useful to identify low level hanging fruits such as missing patches or common vulnerabilities, it does not cover in-depth reviews of an asset.
A penetration test (using a manual approach) goes a step further by safely exploiting the identified weaknesses, establishing if they are not just false positives and uncovers flaws such as business logic issues that are otherwise uncovered during an automated test. It is performed by qualified penetration testers with world-class security expertise.
In order to maintain quality and add value to customer investment, we do not utilise automated scanners that run and report tests. A range of open source and commercial pentest tools in addition to multiple scripts/utilities are utilised to uncover hidden and complex vulnerabilities. These tool-sets differ in line with the scope of the project such as web app, API, mobile app, networks.
The scope of the test depends upon the asset functionality. For instance, an internal network may consist of an active directory environment covering 2000 users and an external network may have 5 servers. Similarly, 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.
Our Cyber Security Health Check Service is designed to help customers who have never performed penetration testing in their environment. This exercise covers multiple security assessments such as internal (active directory, servers, network equipment) and external infrastructure security assessment, secure firewall configuration and wireless network security review.
It helps customers to assess their current security posture and prepare remediation plans to protect their critical information against the most common attacks.
IT health check scopes can be tailored to suit customer requirements and business objectives.
Communication plays an important role in 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 in all our pen testing services.
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. It is followed by mitigation advice along with related references to help customer teams with remediation and improve the security posture of their organisation.
Pentest remediation is sometimes a complex process due to the specialist security skill-set needed for IT teams. As part of our aftercare support, we provide help in preparing a remediation plan for all our customers.
Optionally, we provide remediation consultancy to ensure all agreed findings are mitigated in line with best security practices.
The following image explains pen-testing types. All pen tests are aimed at uncovering vulnerabilities that may allow threat actors to gain access to your systems, however, the focus and threat scenarios assessment changes based on the selection