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Verify your business’s cyber security for vulnerabilities with safe and comprehensive penetration testing (pentesting) of your network and IT systems.

Penetration testing analyses your business’s cyber security by replicating a genuine cyber-attack to scan your IT systems and network for vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Pentests are an important aspect of cyber security and reducing the risks of cyber-attacks on your business: The report produced as a result of the test will highlight areas of weakness in your IT systems to be addressed and resolved before they can be exploited by cyber-criminals.

Through our trusted partners, Carrera UK carry out penetration tests on your business’s IT infrastructure and provide solutions to improve upon vulnerabilities to ensure that your business is as secure as possible.

Penetration testing (pentesting) of networks, IT systems and IT infrastructure

When your penetration test is complete, your business will receive a detailed report on the results of your security scan. Any findings will be categorised using a severity rating so that a plan can be created to implement fixes for any vulnerabilities, starting with the most severe. Fixes like improvements on your network can usually be conducted remotely, but in some cases, new hardware like routers may need to be implemented. By carrying out the improvements recommended as a result of the pentest, you can be assured that the risk of cyber security breaches has been reduced.

Not only to pentests demonstrate to clients and business partners that your business have a continuous commitment to cyber security, your business may be asked to have a penetration test or vulnerability assessments as verification of a secure IT infrastructure by network providers, insurance providers, or certification auditors. Cyber insurance providers may not provide coverage until a comprehensive assessment has been carried out on your business to verify that your IT systems and network are secure. If your business is in the process of gaining its Cyber Essentials Plus or ISO27001 certifications, a penetration test report will also demonstrate compliance with the certifications’ cyber security requirements.

It is recommended that penetration tests are carried out once a year but they may be required more frequently by some insurance providers. Additional pentests may also need to be conducted after significant IT infrastructure changes, undergoing business mergers, and when conducting work for large commercial clients, or clients that handle sensitive data such as health professionals.

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Penetration testing is a simulated cyber-attack on an IT system, network, or web application to evaluate its security and identify vulnerabilities. The results of the test are then used to improve the system’s security and prevent potential data breaches or other security incidents.

Penetration tests are used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Identifying vulnerabilities: Penetration testing can be used to identify vulnerabilities in business’s IT systems that could be exploited by an attacker.
  • Evaluating security controls: Penetration testing can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a business’s security controls in preventing or detecting an attack.
  • Compliance: Many businesses are required to comply with specific security standards, such as ISO 27001.
  • Risk assessment: Penetration testing can be used to assess a business’s risk exposure and identify areas where additional security controls are needed.
  • Auditing: Penetration testing can be used as an independent assessment of a business’s cyber security for internal or external audits and regulatory compliance checks.
  • Preparing for incident response: Penetration testing can help businesses understand the impact of a cyber-attack and create incident response plans.
  • Continuous Security: Regular penetration tests can identify new vulnerabilities that may arise as systems and infrastructure are updated, or new technologies are deployed.

Whether a business should have a penetration test depends on the type of information the business handles, and the requirements of the stakeholders. In general, businesses that handle sensitive or confidential information should consider penetration testing as a part of their overall security strategy. This includes businesses in industries such as finance, healthcare, and e-commerce, as well as government agencies. These businesses may be more likely to be targeted by attackers and may have more to lose in the event of a successful attack. On the other hand, if your business does not handle sensitive or confidential information, the risks may be lower and the costs of a penetration test may not be justified. However, even small businesses can still be a target of cyber-attacks and it’s still important to have cyber security measures in place. Penetration tests may also be required by insurance providers and regulatory bodies, or when conducting certain contract work.

It is recommended that penetration tests are conducted at least once a year. It may be appropriate to conduct tests more regularly if your business handles confidential information. Extra penetration tests should be carried out if your business undergoes significant expansion, changes in IT infrastructure, or changes in how your business uses its IT systems.

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