External Network Penetration Testing

In today’s digital-first world, securing your network from external threats is more critical than ever. This is where external network penetration testing steps in, playing an essential role in your Cyber Security strategy

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Understanding External Network Penetration Testing

External network penetration testing is a proactive, authorised attempt to evaluate the security of the IT infrastructure by safely exploiting vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may exist in operating systems, service and application flaws, improper configurations, or risky end-user behaviour. 

The Purpose of External Network Penetration Testing

The primary purpose of external network penetration testing is to identify exploitable vulnerabilities in a network before attackers do. It helps an organisation to understand its network security weaknesses and implement effective security measures to mitigate the risks associated with those vulnerabilities. 

Certified by CREST and Offensive Security, our qualified testers employ real-world hacking techniques to uncover profound insights.

Internal vs. External Networks: Differences and Similarities in Testing

The difference between internal and external networks is primarily based on the source of potential threats. Internal networks refer to threats originating from within the organisation, while external networks pertain to threats outside of the organisation. 

While the testing methodologies may vary, the ultimate objective stays the same in both internal and external penetration testing – safeguarding your network by identifying vulnerabilities and rectifying them. 

External Network Penetration Testing Methodology

External network penetration testing follows a structured approach, beginning with planning and reconnaissance to gather information about the system. This is followed by scanning and enumeration to identify potential attack vectors. 

Next, vulnerabilities are exploited to gain access, followed by maintaining that access to determine whether the vulnerability can lead to persistent network compromise. Finally, a detailed report is prepared, documenting the vulnerabilities identified and recommended remedial measures. 

External Penetration Testing vs Vulnerability Scanning

External penetration testing is a manual, hands-on approach that involves attempting to exploit identified vulnerabilities. In contrast, vulnerability scanning is an automated process that scans a system for known vulnerabilities. 

Both internal and external network penetration testing are an important component of a robust Cyber Security strategy. The in-depth analysis and active exploitation attempts provided by external penetration testing often yield more detailed and context-specific insights into your network’s security. 

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Benefits of Engaging External Penetration Testing Companies

Choosing an external company for penetration testing comes with several advantages. External companies bring a fresh perspective, free from internal biases.

They also possess a wide range of experience from working with different clients across various sectors, allowing them to bring industry best practices to your organisation. 

Moreover, external penetration testing companies stay up to date with the latest hacking techniques, tools, and methodologies, ensuring your network is tested against the most recent threats. 

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Choosing Equilibrium for Your External Penetration Testing Needs

At Equilibrium, we offer external network penetration testing that meets the highest industry standards. Our testers are CREST certified, demonstrating our commitment to providing reliable, high-quality penetration testing services

With Equilibrium, you can trust that your external infrastructure penetration testing is carried out by experienced professionals who prioritise your organisation’s security as much as you do. 

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We've been working with Equilibrium for the last 2 years now to keep on top of our security requirements. They have provided excellent services on our penetration testing and secure code reviews.
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It was a pleasure working with the Equilibrium team - they were very understanding of our needs, worked very well with my team, and most importantly were very patient and understanding of the limitations of my team to provide the information required when needed due to other priorities.