External Network Penetration Testing
Evaluating your organisation’s external network security.
What is External Network Penetration Testing?
External network penetration testing is the process of evaluating an organisation’s external network infrastructure’s security in order to identify vulnerabilities and potential threats.
Expert security professionals perform this testing, which involves simulating attacks and assessing the network’s security posture.
The results of an external network penetration test can assist an organisation in improving the security of its external network infrastructure and protecting itself from actual attacks.
The importance of External Network Testing
External network penetration testing assists in identifying vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to gain unauthorised access to an organisation’s network, sensitive data, or disrupt network operation.
Businesses can identify weaknesses in the security of their external network infrastructure, prevent potential security breaches, and improve overall security posture by conducting a thorough penetration test.
External network penetration testing on a regular basis can assist organisations in meeting industry regulations and standards that require them to assess the security of their external network infrastructure.
Identifying and addressing security vulnerabilities:
External network penetration testing assists in identifying and correcting security flaws such as incorrect network settings, unpatched systems, or insecure firewall configurations. This can help prevent unauthorised access to sensitive data while also protecting the company from financial loss, reputational damage, and legal liabilities.
Improving security controls:
External network penetration testing assists businesses in strengthening their security controls by identifying weaknesses in the security posture of their external network infrastructure. This includes installing or updating firewalls, encrypting sensitive data, and taking other precautions to make it more difficult for attackers to gain unauthorised access.
Meeting compliance requirements:
Compliance often necessitates regular external network penetration testing. To protect sensitive data, many industries require regular security testing of external network infrastructure. Penetration testing on a regular basis can assist businesses in meeting compliance requirements and avoiding penalties.
Why choose us?
We offer a comprehensive and tailored external network penetration testing service to meet the specific needs of your business.
We are an experienced cybersecurity team that uses cutting-edge tools and techniques to simulate real-world attacks and identify vulnerabilities in your external network infrastructure.
Our approach is highly collaborative, and we work closely with our clients to understand their specific needs and deliver actionable, easily understood results.
At Samurai Security, we believe that accurate scoping is the foundation of every successful penetration testing project. That’s why we start by gathering as much information as possible about the system in question. If additional information is needed, we will invite you to complete a scoping document or schedule a scoping call to discuss the requirements in more detail.
Our in-depth scoping document helps us accurately scope your penetration testing assessment. It gathers key information regarding the systems in scope of the assessment. If you prefer, we can fill out this document on a scoping meeting instead.
After completing the scoping document, we peer-review it to ensure accuracy and completeness. If additional information is required, we’ll request a scoping meeting.
In this scoping meeting, we’ll request a screenshare demonstration of the systems in scope, discuss any additional testing requirements and expected outcomes, giving both teams the opportunity to ask and answer questions on the scope and testing approach. Once the scoping has been completed, we conduct a final peer-review process and then share the finalised scope of testing with both parties in the form of a proposal.
We will provide you with a formal proposal that will include the scope of works, methodology of testing, project timelines, client requirements and commercials.
In most cases, project timelines will have been agreed in the proposal. However, if timelines have not yet been agreed, Samurai will provide a number of available dates when testing can be conducted. The client will have an opportunity to agree with the proposed dates, or request different dates.
Based on the availability from both teams, we will then formally book in the project and share the final project timelines with all parties. Once the project timelines are agreed, best efforts must be made by both parties to ensure the timelines are adhered to.
Once the project timelines have been confirmed, both teams will work together to gather the technical requirements for penetration testing, these will be covered in the proposal and typically include:
Availability of dedicated point of contact
Written permission to conduct Penetration Testing
Adding our IP address to allow lists on relevant systems
Agree on the full technical scope of the assessment
Ensure necessary backups have been made prior to testing
Conducting Penetration Testing
We approach penetration testing projects in line with the industry standards such as the OWASP testing methodology, and combine this with our own testing methodology which has been built up from years of experience conducting penetration tests.
We follow a high-level approach:
- System Mapping
- Vulnerability discovery & potential exploitation
To ensure limited impact to operations and critical systems, we will communicate with the client before conducting any extensive scans or running a malicious exploit. We will not conduct any Denial of Service (DOS) attacks unless requested. All of the tools used by Samurai technical team are tested in the lab environment for accuracy and behaviour before they are used in client engagements.
Throughout the assessment, the client will need to be available in order to answer any technical questions and to enable access to the systems in scope. The technical consultants will contact the client immediately if any Critical or High level vulnerability is found.
At the end of each working day, a summary of the testing findings will be sent to the client. If required, meetings are offered to provide context around these findings on the day. Finally, a full email summary of all the findings from the penetration test is sent on the last day testing.
Our comprehensive report includes:
Scope of Assessment:
We provide a detailed list of the systems, applications, and network components that were tested during the engagement. This helps clients to understand the areas where potential security issues were identified.
Methodology of Penetration Testing:
We provide an overview of our high-level testing methodology and the specific tools and techniques used during the engagement. This helps clients to understand the approach we took and the testing techniques we employed.
Comprehensive risk findings:
This section presents a succinct and concise summary of the key findings, including those that require immediate action, persistent problems, and other general findings.
Findings and Vulnerabilities:
We provide a comprehensive list of all vulnerabilities discovered during the testing, including their severity rating and the likelihood of exploitation. This information helps clients to understand the potential impact of the vulnerabilities and the risks associated with them.
We provide actionable recommendations for remediation of the discovered vulnerabilities, including prioritisation based on severity. This helps clients to understand the steps they need to take to address the identified security issues.
After every engagement, we offer a focused meeting to discuss the assessment and its outcomes. This allows the business and risk owners to ask specific questions and ensure that all parties understand the context of the risks, as well as their likelihood and impact of successful exploitation. The potential mitigation steps will be discussed, allowing for the implementation of robust measures and an understanding of the effort required.
A formal document outlining the agreed plan to remediate vulnerabilities, including deadlines and assigned responsibilities for tracking progress. This information presented in a GANTT view provides visibility to the management team and ensures that all necessary actions have been taken to safeguard the business.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the scope of an external network penetration test?
The scope of an external network penetration test typically includes testing the security of your external network infrastructure, such as firewalls, routers, and servers, as well as any web applications or other externally accessible services.
What methodology do you use for external network penetration testing?
We use a variety of industry-standard methodologies, such as Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), as well as our own customised methodologies, to ensure a comprehensive and thorough assessment.
How long does an external network penetration testing take?
The duration of the testing depends on the size and complexity of your network infrastructure. Typically, an external network penetration testing can take between 5-10 days.
Will the testing affect the performance of my network infrastructure?
Our testing methodology is designed to minimise the impact on the performance of your network infrastructure. However, there may be a slight impact on performance during testing. We work closely with our clients to schedule testing during off-peak hours to minimise any impact on their business operations.
What happens if you find vulnerabilities during the testing?
If we find vulnerabilities during the testing, we will provide a comprehensive report detailing the findings and our recommendations for remediation. We can also work with our clients to develop and implement a remediation plan to address the identified vulnerabilities.
Identifying vulnerabilities before they become issues
Our service simulates a simulated cyber attack designed to exploit the vulnerabilities of your network.
Identifying risks and vulnerabilities
Our service identifies, quantifies, and prioritises the vulnerabilities in your cyber systems.