The Penetration Testing Company Making a Difference

Proactive testing is the primary strategy to help prevent incidents before they happen. Preserve corporate image and customer loyalty: find out how we can help your organisation.

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A powerful tool

A penetration test is a form of ethical hacking where an authorised individual attempts to find gaps in the security of an organisation’s IT infrastructure, applications or processes with view to testing accessibility to crucial assets. 

The purpose is to review the robustness of security and provide management with an assessment of the cyber health and risks involved for an organisation. Ultimately, the aim is to help shape cyber strategies and frameworks: penetration testing helps test, validate or invalidate the efficacy of defensive controls and determine what needs to be done to bolster them.

Cyber incidents undo years of efforts​

Data breach and cyber crimes are the corporate nightmare of today: the dreaded scenario no one wants to face but many inevitably do. A PwC report in 2020 highlighted that 85% of customers no longer want to do business with a company if they are worried about its data practices. Each cyber incident that compromises a company’s image can be costly, negatively affecting sales and ruining reputations.

Gridware Differentiator

Gridware is marked by its unique approach, from our proprietary methods that offer a robust examination of existing infrastructure and processes, to our leading team based in Sydney and Melbourne. Gridware is uniquely positioned to offer rapid turnaround, coupled with a depth of experience and an enviable list of commercial and government clients.

We are proud to be CREST (Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers) Australia and New Zealand Certified, demonstrating that we are leaders in the industry. Employing the highest quality cybersecurity talent in the market, we continue to offer our clients results that speak for themselves and have averted financial loss, reputational damage and lost time for a large number of organisations.

Penetration Testing Services: The Gridware Approach

Our approach helps rapidly and efficiently determine the extent to which your network and assets can defend against cyber threats by testing them against common exploits and vulnerabilities. We perform our testing from the perspective of an attacker, utilising in-house tools, vulnerability scanning and manual scripts to emulate attack incidents.

  • Information Gathering

We conduct reconnaissance using open-source intelligence (OSINT) techniques to identify sensitive design and configuration information of the application, systems, and organisation that is exposed both directly (on the organisation’s website) or indirectly (on a third party website). 

  • Port Scanning

We scan and map common and uncommon ports on both public facing and internal servers to identify exposed services for potential attack vectors that may exist within your environment. 

  • Enumeration

We pursue active connections to target systems and servers to discover potential attack vectors in the system. Enumeration involves gathering information about a system such as the hosts, services, connected devices, along with usernames, group information and related data. 

  • Exploitation

We look at how effective your existing countermeasures are at preventing exploitation. This is accomplished with attempts to establish access to a system or resource by bypassing security restrictions and weaknesses in the design and development of applications, systems and networks 

  • Vulnerability Analysis

Combining automated scans and manual tests, we work to discover flaws in the system and application which can be leveraged by an attacker. In this phase, we undertake deep-analysis of vulnerabilities with our advanced testing methodologies. 

  • Analysis and Reporting

We undertake data analytics on the results, and provide them (as well as a detailed exploitation report identifying any vulnerabilities) to management. 

Game-changing:

Key Benefits

Gridware helps organisations proactively take preventive action to avoid the cost of downtime, financial loss and reputational damage. It can be a game-changing move in helping organisations take their systems from below-average to strategically in tune with the latest threats and challenges in cybersecurity.

  • Independent verification of an organisation’s cybersecurity exposure
  • Mitigation of key cyber risks
  • Ensure compliance with PCI DSS, International Standard ISO 27001 and NIST
  • Avoid costly data breaches, fines and irreparable reputational damage
  • Compliance with local legislation
  • Build the right cybersecurity and awareness culture within an organisation
  • Give customers the confidence they need to do business with you

Penetration testing is a proactive way of shaping mature cybersecurity strategies by testing systems and processes before something can go wrong.

Gridware is proud to be CREST (Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers) certified.

Penetration Testing FAQs

Penetration testing is way of demonstrating reasonable efforts made to test the integrity of your business infrastructure and applications. It shows your company has put effort into protecting confidential and sensitive business data to regulators such as ASIC or AUSTRAC. With new legislation passing in Australia, businesses are required to demonstrate they’ve regularly checked their systems are compliant with the industry standards and that checks have been made to ensure there are no vulnerabilities which can be easily utilised by attackers.

A penetration test (or pen test) is a series of intentional attempts to gain unauthorised access through the use of specialised tools available to attackers and professionals. It is like a stress test for your business systems and applications. It assess the integrity of your business ensuring confidential data is secure, access permissions are appropriate, and that applications are compliant with the latest patches and free from vulnerability of exploits.

Penetration tests should be conducted by an external service provider to ensure there is no bias in the testing, that it is run independently from the business by technical experts who are familiar with the latest developments in exploits and both international and industry standards.

 

Gridware regularly conducts external penetrations tests, from the perspective of an attacker, internal penetration testing, from the perspective of a rouge employee after restricted information and network and firewall tests to ensure the integrity of your infrastructure. We also recommend running regular penetration testing on Wireless (wifi) networks as well as testing remote social engineering in electronic attacks such as phishing or directed human effort at compromising your systems.

 
 

All our penetration testers are qualified to conduct penetration tests and are certified ethical hackers CRESTCISSP, ISO 27001 Auditors, GSECGWAPT and CEH.

 

Regular scans will only check and ‘compare’ to data that is often outdated or no longer applicable with the latest developments in the security industry. You need to ‘do as they do’ and perform tests from the perspective of an attacker with the tools attackers utilise to bypass your defences.

 

All business applications, even when used in the cloud, are subject to vulnerabilities and exploits. It’s only a matter a time before commonly used applications are compromised and then subsequently patched. We need to check that the patch management process is keeping up with the latest developments, and that they are being patched against exploits. The cloud will only act as a host and cannot guarantee the integrity of any application it hosts.

 

The cost of penetration testing will depend on the systems, infrastructure and complexity of your business applications. In our experience, most companies looking to undertake both external and internal penetration testing, can require between 7-14 days of testing and consulting to complete. There are other factors to consider that affect the price, including any regulatory or legal requirements affecting your industry which reflects into the price.

 

In our experience, Penetration testing can take anywhere between 5-15 business days to complete. When less testing is required, or if testing is focused on a single application, systems or process, testing can be completed in 2-3 business days.

 

Gridware primarily looks for security vulnerabilities at the network and host level configurations. This is a fundamental step in ensuring your systems are not publicly accessible to unauthorised users. We also focus server/cloud configuration, email servers, and all major operation system and browser exploits that are commonly seen.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gridware has acted for hundreds of companies and helped them recover from potentially disastrous situations. Read about how our services have helped others:

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