Penetration Testing Services

Robust penetration testing solution to secure your environment

Penetration Testing Services

Robust penetration testing solution to secure your environment

Proactive is always the best strategy

At Cleared Systems, we understand that high regulatory companies need robust and reliable cybersecurity measures to protect their sensitive data and assets. That’s why we offer expert Penetration Testing Services to help identify vulnerabilities in your systems before they can be exploited by attackers.

We offer customized Penetration Testing Services for high regulatory companies in various industries, including finance, healthcare, and government. We design our services to fulfill industry-specific compliance requirements like PCI DSS, NIST, DOD, HIPAA, and FISMA actively.

Our Penetration Testing Services include:

External Penetration Testing

We test the security of your external-facing systems and applications to identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers outside your network.

Wireless Network Penetration Testing

We test the security of your wireless network to identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers who are within the range of your wireless network.

Internal Penetration Testing

We test the security of your internal systems and applications to identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers who have gained access to your network.

Social Engineering Penetration Testing

We test your organization's awareness of social engineering attacks by attempting to trick your employees into revealing sensitive information.

Leave nothing to chance

Our Penetration Testing Services are designed to simulate real-world attack scenarios and help you understand your organization’s security posture. We follow a rigorous methodology that includes the following steps:

  1. Planning: We work closely with you to understand your business objectives and define the scope of the penetration testing engagement.
  2. Reconnaissance: We gather information about your organization’s systems, networks, and applications to identify potential attack vectors.
  3. Vulnerability Scanning: We use state-of-the-art tools and techniques to identify vulnerabilities in your systems.
  4. Exploitation: We attempt to exploit the identified vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to your systems.
  5. Reporting: We provide a detailed report of our findings, including recommendations for remediation.

Penetration testing, often referred to as pen testing, is a simulated cyber attack against your computer system to check for exploitable vulnerabilities. In the context of web application security, penetration testing is commonly used to augment a web application firewall (WAF). Pen testers, acting as potential attackers, attempt to breach the application’s systems and networks, using the same tools and techniques a real attacker might use. This process helps identify security weaknesses as well as the strength of the application’s defense mechanisms. By conducting penetration testing, organizations can proactively detect and patch security vulnerabilities before they are exploited by malicious actors. Learn more here.

An effective penetration test consists of several key phases. Initially, there’s a planning and reconnaissance phase, where objectives are defined and information about the target system is gathered. This is followed by scanning, where the tester identifies how the target system responds to various intrusion attempts. The next phase is gaining access, where the tester uses web application attacks, such as cross-site scripting, SQL injection, and backdoors, to uncover a system’s vulnerabilities.

Maintaining access is crucial to understand if the vulnerability can be used to achieve a persistent presence in the exploited system—mimicking advanced persistent threats. The final phase is analysis, which involves compiling the results of the penetration testing, identifying vulnerabilities, and recommending mitigation strategies. This report helps an organization improve its security posture, patch vulnerabilities, and better understand potential security weaknesses. Effective penetration testing also requires clear communication with the client, ethical conduct, and legal compliance to ensure the test does not cross into unauthorized activity.

The end result of a penetration test is a detailed report that provides valuable insights into the security posture of the system being tested. This report typically includes:

  1. Summary of Findings: An overview of the vulnerabilities discovered, classified by their severity levels.

  2. Detailed Vulnerability Analysis: A comprehensive breakdown of each vulnerability, including how it was discovered, its potential impact, and the ease of exploitation.

  3. Evidence of Exploits: Proof-of-concept or actual instances where vulnerabilities were successfully exploited during the test.

  4. Risk Assessment: An evaluation of the risks associated with each vulnerability, considering the likelihood of exploitation and the potential impact on the organization.

  5. Recommendations: Actionable steps to remediate identified vulnerabilities, enhance security measures, and prevent future breaches.

  6. Best Practices and Security Guidance: Suggestions for improving security policies, training, and ongoing monitoring to mitigate risks.

The goal of penetration testing is not only to identify security weaknesses but also to help organizations prioritize and address them effectively. By understanding and acting on these findings, organizations can strengthen their defenses against actual cyber attacks.

The cost of penetration testing can vary widely depending on several factors. These include the scope of the test, the size and complexity of the environment being tested, the type of testing (e.g., black box, white box, grey box), the level of expertise required, and the geographical location of both the client and the testing firm.

  1. Scope of Test: Testing a small website or application might cost a few thousand dollars, while a comprehensive test of a large, complex network could run into tens of thousands.

  2. Complexity of Environment: More complex environments with a variety of systems and applications will require more time and resources to test thoroughly.

  3. Type of Testing: Different approaches to testing (like black box, where the tester has no prior knowledge of the system, or white box, where they have full information) can affect the cost.

  4. Expertise Level: The cost can also be influenced by the level of expertise of the pen testers. Renowned or highly specialized firms may charge more due to their expertise and reputation.

  5. Geographical Location: Rates can also vary by region due to differences in living costs, demand, and availability of services.

On average, small to medium-sized businesses might expect to pay between $4,000 to $15,000 for a standard penetration test. However, this is a rough estimate, and for specific pricing, it’s best to obtain quotes from several providers to understand the expected cost for your particular needs. Remember, the cost should be weighed against the potential losses from a security breach, making penetration testing a valuable investment in your cybersecurity strategy.

Penetration testing is needed for several critical reasons in the realm of cybersecurity:

  1. Identifying Vulnerabilities: Penetration testing uncovers exploitable weaknesses in systems and applications that could be used by attackers to compromise network integrity, steal data, or cause disruptions.

  2. Validating Security Measures: It helps validate the effectiveness of existing security measures and strategies, ensuring that they work as intended against potential attacks.

  3. Compliance with Regulations: Many industries have regulations that require regular security assessments, including penetration tests, to protect sensitive data. For instance, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) mandates regular testing for systems that handle credit card information.

  4. Avoiding Costly Breaches: A security breach can be expensive, not just in terms of financial loss but also in reputational damage. Penetration testing helps prevent breaches, saving potentially huge costs.

  5. Security Awareness and Training: These tests also serve as a practical exercise to train IT and security teams in recognizing and responding to real-life cyber threats.

  6. Continuous Improvement: Cybersecurity is an evolving field, and penetration testing provides insights for continuous improvement of security policies, processes, and practices.

  7. Customer Assurance: Demonstrating a commitment to security through regular penetration testing can build trust with customers and stakeholders, assuring them that their data is protected.

In essence, penetration testing is an essential practice in any robust cybersecurity strategy, helping organizations stay ahead of potential threats and ensuring the integrity and security of their systems and data.

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Cleared Systems custom solutions and great support have made our cybersecurity worries a thing of the past. We're in good hands
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19:55 12 Feb 24
Cleared Systems has been a lifesaver for our small business. No more sleepless nights worrying about security threats. Their team is friendly and the 24/7 monitoring is fantastic
Reweg WefjReweg Wefj
13:52 12 Feb 24
I've had a fantastic experience with Cleared Systems. They're really smart, clear about what they do, and quick to get things done. I'm super thankful for how they spot and fix security problems before they even happen. With Cleared Systems looking out for us, we can avoid damage to our reputation, losing a lot of money, getting hacked, and paying fines. Big shoutout to Carl and his team for all their help!
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13:25 07 Feb 24
We got on board with Cleared Systems back in February 2022, and I've got to say, it's been an amazing journey. They're not just another team; they're problem-solvers, especially when it comes to the tough challenges. Moving to GCC High could have been a headache, but they made it feel seamless, handling the migration with such efficiency. They didn't just move us over; they also enhanced our system with some smart integrations along the way. Their fast response and ability to get things done have been a massive boost for us.
Bradley RileyBradley Riley
08:02 21 Jan 24
Appreciate the quick and helpful response. Always responsive to our cybersecurity needs.
Leighton CookLeighton Cook
08:22 10 Jan 24
Awesome company and great people. I highly recommend them.
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