Penetration 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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Infrastructure Testing

Testing your infrastructure is a critical step in securing your environment and ensuring that systems are deployed in a way that enhances the security of your employees, customers and any other IT resources owned or used by your organisation.  

External infrastructure testing assesses the security posture of your public facing networks, the networks that can be found over the internet. As these networks are required to be publicly accessible, this makes them an easy, high-risk target. North Star will test to ensure that only the services you expect are present and that these services do not offer an attacker a route inside the organisation.

Internal infrastructure testing focuses on the security of your internal networks, those that are available to people within or connected to your organisation. The most likely exposure here is from an insider threat. However, it can also include external threat actors who have managed to gain access to your internal network.

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What we do

Features

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Reveal vulnerabilities

Penetration testing lets you know if your controls are working correctly and that your infrastructure is as secure as you believe it to be. Our report will let you know if any known security vulnerabilities exist and allow you to plan for their remediation

Show real risks

Our expert testers will demonstrate what a real world attacker could do via the exploitation of any vulnerabilities present. They will also be able to inform you if a theoretical vulnerability is not applicable to your infrastructure due to other controls or configurations – something automated tooling alone cannot do.

Test your cyber-defence capability

Whilst the testing is being performed you can verify if the actions taken by the tester would have been detected by your defensive solution. If you are not getting full visibility from your solution, post breach is too late to find out.

Ensure business continuity

If critical infrastructure is vulnerable, testing allows you to identify this ahead of an incident and allow to not only remediate the issues you are facing but also determine if your business continuity plans are adequate.

Follow regulations and certifications

Regular testing is required for many reasons including compliance (such as PCI or ISO-27001) as well as legal reasons (such as cyber insurance)

Maintain trust

Being able to demonstrate that you take security seriously and undertake regular testing of your systems helps promote confidence for partners, suppliers and customers.

Methodology

How we work

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Contact

Get in touch and speak with one of the team.

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Strategy

Strategic scoping call with our leading technical advisor to find out your exact requirements

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RoadmaP

Tailor a roadmap to exactly what you need. We look to partner with our clients and be the trusted advisor they need

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Onboarding

Our onboarding process is streamlined and smooth to ensue there is little to no disruption to your service

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Continuous service

Your continuous security plan will give you the confidence in your security trusting an accredited professional partner is on hand 24/7

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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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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 obtain information about available services, potential versions of the services and 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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