External Network Penetration Testing

COVID-19: remote delivery options

We want to reassure our clients that all training and consultancy services will go ahead as scheduled during the COVID-19 situation. Our delivery methods allow us to provide consultancy services, penetration tests and training remotely where necessary. For more information, please refer to our COVID-19 policy.

What is external network penetration testing?

An external network or infrastructure penetration test assesses your network for vulnerabilities and security issues that might be exploited by both opportunistic and determined attackers.

It involves:

  • Identifying vulnerabilities in the defined external infrastructure;
  • Attempting to exploit any identified vulnerabilities; and
  • Providing a report that contains an ordered list of issues, their associated risk, and remediation advice for identified vulnerabilities.

It uses both advanced manual testing techniques and automated scans to simulate real-world attacks to identify risks within your business, and covers:

  • Secure configurations
  • Network traffic
  • Secure passwords
  • Patching
  • Secure authentication
  • Encryption
  • Information leakage

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Did you know?

Breaking into external (Internet-facing) systems can be relatively simple if they have not been properly patched and secured against the latest threats.

Once an external attacker has gained access to your network, they can access sensitive data, modify data, cause the system to operate abnormally or crash the system.

Benefits of an external network penetration test

Our external network penetration tests will help you:

  • Identify and understand the technology-related vulnerabilities affecting your external infrastructure;
  • Understand the potential business impacts of vulnerabilities;
  • Demonstrate a strong security posture to clients by providing third-party assurances that your external infrastructure is secure;
  • Comply with ISO 27001, the UK DPA (Data Protection Act) 2018 and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), and other laws, regulations and contractual obligations; and
  • Protect brand loyalty and corporate image by reducing the likelihood of a security breach.

Is an external network penetration test right for you?

If you are responsible for your external network, you should ask yourself:

  • Are my systems fully patched and properly configured?
  • Are any systems or applications secured with weak or default passwords?
  • Have I accounted for all the services exposed to the Internet?
  • Could malware be present on my system?
  • Is every device secured by a correctly configured firewall?
  • Is my confidential information properly segregated or secured?

Our methodology

IT Governance’s External Infrastructure Penetration Test follows our proprietary security testing methodology, which is closely aligned with the SANS and OSSTMM (Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual) methodologies.

This service can examine any number of targets on your organisation’s external network perimeter, including file servers, web servers, etc. The tester will assess any external target that you provide an IP address for.

IT Governance uses both automated scans and advanced manual testing techniques to assess your security and identify vulnerabilities.

Select your external network penetration test

We offer two levels of penetration tests to meet your budget and technical requirements.

Level 1


  • A fixed-scope testing package that combines a series of manual assessments with automated scans to assess your external infrastructure’s vulnerability to cyber attack.
  • Allows you to evaluate your security posture and make more accurate budgetary decisions.
     

Please contact us to purchase one of our quick, affordable and fixed-price penetration tests.

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Level 2


  • Scoped according to your specific requirements, a level 2 test attempts to exploit the identified vulnerabilities to see whether it is possible to access your assets and resources.
  • Provides a more thorough assessment of your security posture, enabling you to make more accurate decisions about investing in securing your business-critical systems.

Please contact us to request a quote, for further information or to speak to a penetration testing expert.

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How IT Governance can help you 

CREST-accredited

CREST-accredited penetration testing services give you all the technical assurance you need.

Choose your test

You can choose the level of penetration test to meet your budget and technical requirements.

Straightforward packages

We are pioneers in offering easy-to-understand and quick-to-buy penetration testing.

Reports you can understand

We provide clear reports that can be followed by technical and management teams alike.

Our penetration tests comply with the Microsoft Rules of Engagement

For Azure clients, this means we take care to limit all penetration tests to your assets, thereby avoiding unintended consequences to your customers or your infrastructure.

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