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Penetration Testing

In order to know how to protect your business you need to know where all your assets are and any weaknesses they may have. North Star Cyber Security are a CREST accredited organisation for penetration testing offering the highest degree of standards throughout our services.

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What is Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing is the process of assessing networks, systems, software, people or physical environments to identify and address security weaknesses.

North Star are industry-leading penetration testing experts. Holding qualifications such as CHECK Team Leader and CHECK Team Member whilst accredited by the industry recognised accreditation body CREST. We help our clients manage cyber security risk by finding and exploiting vulnerabilities before attackers do.

Penetration Testing

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Web Application Testing

Web Application Testing

Web applications are often a reliable platform for generating business, advertising and promoting a product. It is common for web applications to use payment functions and process Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and other sensitive data and if compromised could result in reputational damage, regulatory fines or worse.

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Mobile Application Security Testing

Mobile Application Security Testing

Mobile applications are becoming an essential part of how companies interact with their customers, enabling data to be accessed and shared efficiently and conveniently.

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Social Engineering and Red Team Testing

Social Engineering and Red Team Testing

Social engineering is used for a broad range of malicious activities accomplished through human interactions. Employees can facilitate attacks if not tested and trained to spot incidents even with the best technical control measures.

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Wireless Security Testing

Wireless Security Testing

Wireless networks are a very common method to allow employees access to the internet, company networks and applications. They are also commonly offered to guests and visitors to a business. Since wireless networks can often be reached outside of the boundaries of the business, especially in shared offices, they can often introduce significant risks if not securely configured

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Cloud Security Testing

Cloud Security Testing

Cloud computing has become an attractive approach for both small and large enterprises alike. Some of the more common reasons organisations turn to cloud computing services include cost and security.

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Configuration Reviews

Configuration Reviews

A configuration review will provide a detailed insight into the security configuration of your software products, ensuring all the relevant security features are enabled and correctly configured. Where applicable, these will be aligned with an internationally accepted standard such as those produced by the Center for Internet Security.

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API Security Testing

API Security Testing

An Application Programming Interface (API) is the backbone of many applications, enabling data to be accessed and shared efficiently. APIs can use application logic and store sensitive data such as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and have become a common target for attackers.

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Infrastructure Testing

Infrastructure Testing

Infrastructure is vital to the day-to-day operation of any organisation, whether that be the entire enterprise network or just critical infrastructure. Were a threat actor able to gain access to a network, it could have wide-ranging consequences and could ultimately lead to them gaining full access to critical internal resources and potentially even preventing its operation, e.g. ransomware

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How we do it?

Pre-Engagement

North Star will engage with the client to determine their requirements and ensure that the engagement is correctly scoped to deliver on those requirements and make sure all of the correct legal requirements are satisfied.

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Reconnaissance

This phase helps in obtaining information about services that are available, potential version of the services as well as get a general understanding of the environment that will be tested.

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Threat Modelling

Using all of the information gathered in the reconnaissance phase, North Star will determine where the potential risk of exploitation lies and create a plan to verify those findings.

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Exploitation

During this phase, and as agreed with the client in the pre-engagement phase North Star will attempt to exploit any vulnerabilities or misconfigurations identified in the previous phases to confirm that the risk exists.

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Post-Exploitation

Depending on the agreed approach for exploitation, North Star may also attempt to gain further access from the compromised host(s) further into the client’s network or attempt to obtain sensitive information.

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Reporting

As with all of North Star services, we will provide detailed expert advice in our report to help align your infrastructure with industry best practice security standards.

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Clean-up

As far as is possible, the systems tested will be returned to their pre-test state to remove any uploaded files or elevated accounts that were created.

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From a business perspective, North Star provide an efficient, thorough, and cost-effective security service which has benefitted thinkmoney considerably over the course of the last year.

Glenn Sproule
CISO thinkmoney
thinkmoney

From a business perspective, North Star provide an efficient, thorough, and cost-effective security service which has benefitted thinkmoney considerably over the course of the last year.

Glenn Sproule
CISO, thinkmoney
SSE Utilities Solutions

Their knowledge in the subject matter was excellent and I found them easy to engage, personable and approachable.

Ian Cheshire
Enterprise IT Lead Solution Architect, SSE Utilities Solutions
Connected Tech Group

It’s really refreshing to work with experts who act as an extension of our team. North Star don’t stop at identifying issues, they are happy to work with us to solve them too.

Andrew Cockayne
CEO, Connected Tech Group
Pickfords

If you are looking for a company to really deliver on the service they are offering, I would look no further. Very quick and easy process. They completed the report within a tight timeframe and offered plenty of helpful advice!

Waseem Akram
Group IT Manager, Pickfords
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