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      PENETRATION TESTING

      Assess the integrity and security of your network with outsourced Penetration Testing for London and the South East
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      What Is Penetration Testing?

      Penetration testing is a way of assessing potential vulnerabilities that exist within your IT infrastructure. It’s a valuable exercise to undertake as an organisation’s infrastructure grows or an organisation’s working patterns change.

      Against this background, organisations have had to cede a certain amount of control over how people and systems interface with their systems. It is in this environment that cyber criminals can take advantage, and why you need to understand where the gaps are in your defences.

      Penetration testing allows you to get into the head of the enemy trying to gain access to your systems, from their first contact with an internet-connected device to the type of access they are, in theory, able to achieve.

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      Penetration Testing Approaches

      Akita offers two types of testing depending on an organisation’s requirements.

      The most common form of testing that we provide is external penetration testing. This looks at all parts of your company’s network with an IP address that is visible on the internet and assesses where there could be unauthorised access.

      External penetration testing also assesses any web applications, company websites, email servers, legacy systems and domain name servers (DNS). It can therefore give a strong indication of potential points of entry into an organisation’s IT.

      We also offer internal penetration testing. This looks at any devices or systems attached to your network that are visible to someone already behind your firewall.

      This type of testing identifies risks from within your organisation. This could be a system that could be targeted by a rogue employee or somebody who has had their password stolen. But as nearly 90% of breaches come from user error, it also accounts for user security errors.

      Alongside internal penetration testing, we also offer phishing testing. This simulates an email cyber attack and tests how aware users are of security risks.

      By performing both phishing and internal penetration testing, organisations take the best measures possible to safeguard themselves from threats originating within their systems.

      Akita’s consultants can advise on recommended testing based on your security concerns, IT setup and risk profile.

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      Vulnerability Levels

      As part of the penetration test, we’ll assign a vulnerability level to each IP address tested. As part of the testing, not only would we identify and explain any vulnerabilities found, we would summarise what actions need to be taken to remedy the issue.

      Minimal

      Intruders can collect information about the host (for example open ports, services etc.)

      Medium

      Intruders can collect more sensitive information from the host such as what software versions are installed. Attackers can then exploit known vulnerabilities – demonstrating the importance of patching.

      Serious

      Intruders may be able to gain specific information about the host, including security settings. Potential violations include partial disclosure of file contents, access to certain files, directory browsing, denial of service attacks and unauthorized use of services, such as mail-relaying.

      Critical

      Intruders could possibly gain control of the host, with potential leakage of highly sensitive information. Vulnerabilities may include full read and write access to files and listing of users on the host.

      Urgent

      This is the highest category of vulnerability which means that an intruder could gain complete control of your host and with it compromise your entire network security. Attackers could read and write to files, execute remote commands and find any backdoors to your system.

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      The Threat Landscape

      Ransomware is on the rise, and other cyber-attacks are ever-growing in quantity and scope. However, even with the emergence of new ways to attack, criminals are still reverting to tried and tested ‘traditional’ methods, for example DDoS and phishing scams.

      With a penetration test, you can learn what devices are posing a threat. For example, a relic from a previous legacy setup, that remains visible to the internet, could be the way-in for an attacker.

      Penetration Testing should be considered as part of a package of cyber security methods, all working in concert to ensure your network security is operating at its peak performance.

      We recommend that all organisations have disaster recovery plans in place to ensure business continuity if they do fall victim to a cyber attack. The price paid in monetary and reputational cost to your organisation if a breach occurs can be extensive.

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      About Akita

      We’re a cyber security-focused IT managed service provider.

      With a 25-year history, we work with organisations of between 10 and 200 users across London and the South East on all aspects of their IT security.

      We have extensive in-house expertise and are even accredited assessors for Cyber Essentials.

      And with locations in Kent, London and Surrey, we’re well positioned to deliver a proactive IT support service as well.

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