Penetration Testing Consulting
Penetration testing
As connectivity increases,
so do the threats.
With information technology now embedded in all business activities, security is an enterprise concern.

Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking

Sense of Security's penetration testing (ethical hacking) service tests the security of your IT systems, by identifying and exploiting weaknesses. We profile your organisation from the perspective of its most likely threats, looking at your business processes, information flows and the technology that supports your operations. This allows us to determine the resilience of your environment to malicious attempts to penetrate your systems.

Penetration Testing Methodology and Tools

Sense of Security has a documented, and tried and tested, penetration testing methodology based on industry best practices such as the OSSTMM (Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual). This ensures that you receive quality and repeatable results, and minimises the risk to your systems under test.

Our team uses an arsenal of penetration testing tools similar to those used by attackers on the internet - in conjunction with in-house developed, commercial, and the best of breed open source penetration tools. Indeed, keeping up to date with the latest security vulnerabilities, trends and hacking techniques is our business.

We produce a comprehensive report covering the approach taken, the techniques applied, and the vulnerabilities identified and make procedural and strategic recommendations to ensure that your systems are secure against future attack.

Vulnerability Assessment vs Penetration Testing (Ethical Hacking)

Vulnerability assessments use testing tools (vulnerability scanners) to identify security vulnerabilities in a system or environment. While they highlight the technical threat, they do not qualify the business threat nor do they assess common attack methods. Thus, the major distinction between a vulnerability assessment and a penetration test (sometimes referred to as Ethical Hacking) is that the vulnerability assessment does not actively exploit the identified problems to determine the full exposure or validate its existence which can lead to inaccuracies in the report (false positives).

Unfortunately, many organisations claiming to perform penetration tests actually "oversell" their services and just provide vulnerability assessments using scanning tools. Although the initial cost may be less, attack scenarios can be overlooked which can lead to a later security breach. Sense of Security does not engage in these practices, and all identified security issues are reported with step by step instructions and screenshots on how to replicate the exploitable condition. Demonstrating the real risk visually provides value to management who may be unable to grasp some of the complex technical concepts involved in this line of work . and highlights the urgency in fixing some issues.

Types of Pen Tests

Our pen testers can perform a range of assessments that simulate attack testing scenarios from individuals with varying degrees of knowledge and access to your systems.

  • External penetration test - casual or focused intruders on the Internet with limited knowledge
  • Internal penetration test - disgruntled or careless employees or contractors with legitimate access to the corporate network
  • Extranet penetration test - business partners who are part of the corporate Extranet
  • Remote access penetration test - casual or focused intruders from known and unknown remote access entry points

Sense of Security penetration testing specialists are also experienced with performing tests which address the PCI DSS quarterly vulnerability scan (ASV) and annual penetration test requirements.

Penetration Testing as Part of Corporate Governance

Penetration tests are a requirement for meeting regulations such as PCI DSS, SOX, and HIPAA. It is also defined in industry standards such as ISO 17799 and ISO 27001 as important security tests an organisation should regularly undertake.

Key Penetration Testing Technology Focus Areas

Traditional pen testing disciplines:
  • Network penetration testing (infrastructure penetration testing), e.g. router, switch, firewall, etc.
  • Server penetration testing, e.g. operating system, application, etc.

Advanced penetration testing technology disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Vulnerability Management and Protection

Our penetration testing service can be provided as a one-off assessment, or you can leverage our security expertise to provide you with automated, continuous, cost-effective, vulnerability management protection where we work with you to develop a recurring vulnerability assessment program for different segments of your environment. With a recurring program we can highlight current exposures in a timely fashion, and provide you with trending data that allows you to monitor the progress of your IT security initiatives over time.

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Our penetration testing experts are among the best in Australia, and have performed engagements for many of the countries leading organisations. This is backed by our committment to IT Security Research and the publication of regular IT Security Advisories which set us apart from the competition.

Contact us if you require any additional information on the services that we offer, or for a free no obligation systems security consultation.

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