External Penetration Test FAQs
An external penetration test identifies and remediates all weaknesses to your external environment, to prevent costly and damaging exploitation from hackers. Once weaknesses have been found, Gridware will provide their respective remediation activities for your company to implement, followed by re-verification testing to ensure that all changes have been made correctly.
A black box security audit is carried out in settings similar to an external attack performed by a remote unknown attacker. This means that no (or very little) information is provided to Gridware’s penetration testers prior to the start of the tests.
A black box security audit is carried out in settings similar to an external attack performed by a remote unknown attacker, with little-to-no information provided to Gridware’s penetration testers.
Contrary to the black box, a white box penetration test means that the maximum amount of information is shared with with Gridware’s penetration testers before the audit.
During a grey box penetration test, Gridware’s penetration testers start with information about their target. This allows more in-depth testing, with a better understanding of the context.
Just as you would check the locks of your door and your office alarm, it is crucial to regularly test your external cyber environment. By doing so, you can guarantee that cybercriminals will not gain unauthorised access to your external network and private data, as well as ensure that your organisation will not experience costly downtime and damaging reputational damage that is associated with a data breach.
External penetration testing should be performed by an external provider to guarantee that there is no bias in the analysis and that it is done separately from the company by CREST-accredited experts who are up to date on vulnerabilities and are familiar with both international and industry standards.
The cost of an external penetration test will generally depend on the type of assessment (whitebox, blackbox or greybox testing). In our experience, most companies looking to undertake an external penetration test can require between 6-10 days of testing and consulting services. There are other factors to consider that affect the price, including any regulatory or legal requirements affecting your industry.
In our experience, an external penetration test can take between 6-10 business days to complete, depending on whether the assessment requires whitebox, blackbox or greybox testing.
Gridware’s unique and accredited approach to penetration testing will ensure that your business will experience no downtime while the assessment is taking place. By doing so, Gridware ensures that your organisation will have no disruption to its everyday functions.