What is network penetration testing

A network penetration test identifies vulnerabilities in applications and systems using malicious techniques to evaluate the network’s security or lack of response. 

Similar to vulnerability assessments, a network penetration test, also known as a pen test, aims to exploit vulnerabilities identified in a network.

However, unlike a vulnerability assessment, a penetration test simulates a potential attack on harder to find vulnerabilities in a network.

SecuriCentrix penetration testers have extensive network penetration testing experience, helping organisations identify exposures across on-premises and cloud environments.

Types of network penetration testing

Network penetration testing, or Infrastructure penetration testing, can be performed either inside or outside your organisation’s network perimeter. 

  • Internal network penetration testing
    An internal network pen test is performed to gauge what an attacker could achieve with initial access to a network. An internal network pen test can mirror insider threats, intentionally or unintentionally performing malicious actions or an attacker inside your network.
  • External network penetration testing
    An external network pen test tests the effectiveness of perimeter security controls to prevent and detect attacks and identify weaknesses in internet-facing assets such as web, mail and FTP servers.

The Challenges Of Network Infrastructure Testing

With threats constantly evolving, the recommendation is that every organisation should undertake penetration testing at least once a year, but more frequently when: 

  • Making significant changes to infrastructure
  • Launching new products and services
  • Undergoing a business merger or acquisition
  • Preparing for compliance with security standards
  • Bidding for large commercial contracts
  • Utilising and developing custom applications

The Benefits Of Network Infrastructure Testing

A SecuriCentrix network pen test follows a tried and tested methodology to identify, exploit and help address vulnerabilities. Here’s how we approach an external network assessment: 

Scoping
SecuriCentrix’s network and infrastructure testing experts work with you to define any networks and assets in scope and devise an appropriate assessment strategy.

Reconnaissance and intelligence gathering
Our network penetration testers use the latest intelligence gathering techniques to uncover security and technical information to help them access your network.

Active scanning and vulnerability analysis
Using a combination of manual and automated tools, our testers identify security weaknesses and develop a strategy to exploit them.

Exploitation
Our experienced network penetration testers exploit all identified vulnerabilities but safely avoid damage and disruption.

Reporting
Once a network assessment is complete, our testers document important findings and supply prioritised remediation guidance to address any identified exposures.

Approach

SecuriCentrix is a CREST-accredited provider of penetration testing services. Our ethical hacking engagements, including network penetration testing and web application testing, help organisations to achieve PCI DSS pen test standards by identifying weaknesses that could enable card payment details to be compromised by criminal attackers. 

We perform extensive network penetration testing. The vulnerabilities detected by our network penetration testing service include:

Why choose Securicentrix for penetration testing?

Securicentrix is a CREST-accredited and award-winning provider of penetration testing services. Our ethical hacking engagements, including network penetration testing and web application testing, help organisations to achieve PCI DSS pen test standards by identifying weaknesses that could enable card payment details to be compromised by criminal attackers. 

Our services

SecuriCentrix’s security services are designed to provide the vital assistance needed to make tangible improvements to your organisation’s cyber security posture. 

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