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Penetration Testing

With attackers constantly developing new threats, creating new exploits and identifying new vulnerabilities. Regular Penetration Testing is critical to ensure your organisation's assets are protected.
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Evaluate the resilience of your security & identify threats

Penetration Testing involves our security consultants attempting to breach your network to identify the vulnerabilities which exist in your security. Once the weaknesses have been identified in your systems and networks, the next step is to provide remediation advice and strengthening your defences.

Our approach to Penetration Testing

To deliver the best results, all Penetration Testing undertaken by SES’s consultants is performed manually by certified Penetration Testers who follow the same tried and tested methodologies used by both the private and public sector.

SES's consultants perform Penetration Testing in the same way a malicious attacker would operate to discover the weaknesses in your security which automated tools may not be able to identify. This is essential to access the security of your business-critical applications such as booking or e-commerce websites. 

SES recommends performing Penetration testing every year and after each major version change or upgrade, to ensure any weaknesses are identified and can be remediated before they can be exploited. SES would also recommend performing regular Vulnerability Assessments in addition to Penetration Testing to regularly examine your systems for known vulnerabilities. 

Types of Penetration Testing

Exploitable vulnerabilities are not limited to your organisation's networks and security. Vulnerabilities can be found in every aspect of your business from the hardware you use to the processes you follow. SES understand this and offer a range of Penetration Testing options, designed to cover all risk areas.

Infrastructure Penetration Test

Infrastructure Penetration Testing aims to identify weaknesses across your organisations IT infrastructure that could expose you to risk.
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Web Application Testing

Examining public-facing and internal web applications.
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Wireless Testing

Examining your organisations wireless networks, access points and encryptions.
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IT Health Check

An enhanced Penetration Test required by government departments, public sector bodies and organisations connected to government systems.
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Benefits of Penetration Testing

Manual testing techniques

Utilises manual testing techniques to demonstrate how a malicious individual would attempt to breach your organisation.

Comprehensive reporting

The comprehensive final report details the resilience of your existing defences and key areas of weakness for remediation.

Minimise your risk profile

Regular testing helps minimise your risk profile and contributes greatly to the protection of your income, clients and reputation.

Protection

Essential for organisations with a large web presence or remote access as there are many different attack vectors to exploit.

Security of personal data

With the introduction of GDPR, regular Security Testing is a good way of evidencing the security of personal data processed on IT networks.

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Our expertise. Your questions answered

What’s the easiest thing to implement in my office?

There are many controls every organisation should put in place to ensure good defence against cyber threats - from the basics like using anti-virus, email filters and firewalls, to more in-depth activities, like Penetration Testing and Phishing Assessments. One of the basic controls you can implement easily in both your professional and personal lives is good password hygiene. In some cases, your password is often the only thing keeping cyber criminals away from your sensitive information; length is the primary factor when creating a strong password—the longer it is, the more guesses will be needed by hackers to get it right.

Am I investing my Cyber Security budget correctly?

You could take a blanket approach and cover every possibility, but that’s an expensive strategy and your Finance Manager or CFO probably wouldn’t be happy to spend money unnecessarily. Every business faces different threats, so what the organisation in the next office needs to defend against isn’t necessarily what you need to invest in. It’s important to get an understanding of your threat profile and align that with the risks you’re willing to take (or not take). From there, you can decide what you should be investing in.

How do I educate my team to handle cyber threats?

The cyber threat is ever-changing and even with the best technical defences in place, the end-users (i.e. humans) are usually the weakest link. That is not to say that cyber security should only be non-technical, but it is important to have the right balance. Knowing where to start for cyber security generally can be difficult and working out what your team needs to know is a bit overwhelming. Like knowing where to invest your budget, how you train your team also starts with understanding your specific threats.

What do I do when something goes wrong?

Frustratingly, you’ve put in place all these useful security controls, but with the threats changing so often, keeping up can be hard. Therefore, it’s important to have the mindset that, it’s not about if you get breached, it’s about when you get breached and then how you handle it. Having a plan in place will ensure the consequences of a breach don’t undo of all your hard work in developing your organisation and building your reputation. 

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