ISO 27001 Penetration Testing

Any organisation that is serious about information security management will already be aware of ISO 27001. It provides a robust framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving information security controls and processes.


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What is ISO 27001?

As an internationally recognised standard, it sets out best practices for managing the integrity and confidentiality of the information that is held within an organisation.

With the range of threats growing along with the number of malicious actors, robust testing methods are essential to ensure the security of information security management systems (ISMS). One means by which ISMS security can best be thoroughly assessed is through ISO 27001 pen testing.

What is ISO 27001 Penetration Testing?

ISO 27001 penetration testing is a form of security testing, that has been developed to specifically assess an organisation’s information security controls in relation to ISO 27001. Penetration testing is a comprehensive method of testing security that simulates real-world attacks on an organisation’s networks, systems and applications to locate any potential weaknesses.

Pen testers then attempt to exploit those vulnerabilities to assess the organisation’s security posture, and to recommend how it could be improved.

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Who needs ISO 27001 Penetration Testing?

While penetration testing isn’t mandatory for ISO 27001 it is highly recommended. An penetration test should be carried out as part of an organisation’s ongoing risk assessment, internal auditing and risk management processes.  In most cases, any organisation that is serious about the security of its ISMS and obtaining the standard will undertake a pen test.

ISO 27001 validates the effectiveness of your security controls while ensuring that you comply with the standards. Organisations will usually carry out ISO 27001 pen testing once or twice a year, depending on the size of the company and industry requirements.

The Types of ISO 27001 pen testing

There are two broad categories of ISO 27001 pen testing, which, when taken together, provide a comprehensive overview of the security and potential vulnerabilities of an organisation’s ISMS.

Internal Penetration Testing assesses the security of the organisation’s internal network, applications and system. It identifies vulnerabilities that could be exploited by internal attackers. Internal vulnerability testing will focus on specific areas within the organisation’s internal environment such as infrastructure components and wireless networks.

External penetration testing, on the other hand, evaluates the security posture of external-facing systems. This will typically include network infrastructure, public-facing servers and web applications.  External vulnerability testing addresses particular areas of potential weakness such as network infrastructure and applications.

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ISO 27001 Pen Testing from Equilibrium Security

At Equilibrium Security, we help your organisation obtain and maintain ISO 27001 through our robust pen testing processes. We understand that threats are continually evolving, and our testing methods ensure that every possible vulnerability is identified and addressed.

If you’re looking to ensure the strongest security posture for your ISMS, then our pen testing can make the critical difference.

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