Why choose Bulletproof penetration testing
Continuous Security Protection
Protect your business 24/7 with automated scans included with every penetration test
Competitive Pen Test Prices
Bulletproof prices are highly competitive without sacrificing quality, keeping you protected
CREST Certified Security Experts
Pen test teams are qualified by industry recognised certification bodies, including CREST
Modern Dashboard Driven Platform
Our simple to use dashboard prioritises test results and gives you key remediation guidance
What is penetration testing?
Penetration testing, also known as pentesting or ethical hacking, is where a pen testing company attempts to access and compromise your network, system and application security. By simulating the actions of a real-world attacker in a controlled environment, pen testing provides a list of your security weaknesses. The goal of penetration testing is to help you fix your vulnerabilities before they’re exploited by a cyber criminal. Penetration testing services from a reputable pen test provider is widely considered standard best practice, and pen testing should be a foundational component of your risk management programme. Penetration tests are also required for many certification standards, including PCI DSS, SOC2, ISO 27001 & more.
Benefits of penetration testing
Uncover your security weaknesses
Penetration testing uses human skill & insight to uncover threats
Automated security scans
Continuously uncover the latest security threats to your business
Results delivered in a modern dashboard-driven platform
Key remediation advice
Fix issues fast with remediation advice included with each threat
Support sales growth
Give customer confidence that you take their security seriously
Helps with compliance
Meet ISO 27001, PCI DSS, GDPR, SOC2 requirements & more
What are the different types of penetration testing?
We offer a variety of pen tests which can be delivered as one-offs to spot check your security, or on a recurring basis as part of an on-going security strategy. The exact type of penetration test you require will depend on your security objectives and compliance needs, and we may recommend combined testing – such as a mix of web application and infrastructure testing – to ensure we meet your goals.
Web application penetration testing
- Identify all security risks, including OWASP Top 10
- Authenticated, unauthenticated & API testing
- Includes DAST methodology and SDLC integration
Network & infrastructure pen tests
- Check services, patch levels and configurations
- Multiple test types, including external and internal testing
- Follows PTES best practice methodology
Cloud penetration testing
- Includes AWS, Azure, GCP & more
- All cloud technology tested, including IaaS & PaaS
- Includes configuration reviews and 365 testing
Mobile application penetration tests
- Proven expertise in iOS, Android & more
- SAST and source code reviews
- Uncover insecure functionality
Social engineering pen tests
- Maximise employee security vigilance
- Regular tests & training
- Tailor campaigns to your security objectives
Why your organisation needs a penetration test
Penetration testing services are widely recognised as the best way to stay on top of evolving cyber threats and prevent data breaches. It’s recommended to perform a pen test at least once a year, and on significant change to your infrastructure.
- Prevent data breaches & reputation loss
- Bid for commercial contracts & tenders
- Meet or maintain compliance requirements
- Due diligence & supply chain security
- Inspire customer confidence
- Secure software development (SDLC)
Boost your compliance with penetration testing
Given its position as an essential best practice, penetration testing is either recommended or required for a wide range of information security and cyber security standards. Using a reputable pen test service provider will directly help your business meet compliance with:
- PCI DSS
- ISO 27001
- SOC 2
- FTC Safeguards
- And more
For more information on penetration testing for compliance, including top tips on how to configure a compliance pen test, read our blog on penetration testing for compliance.
Pen testing services you can trust
Expect more from your penetration testing company than just a list of vulnerabilities. As one of the leading UK security testing companies, Bulletproof gives you actionable intel to power faster, more effective remediations.
- All findings detailed in our dashboard-driven platform
- Remediation guidance included for each & every threat
- Insight into business impacts, likelihood & ease of exploitation
- At-a-glance prioritisation to track threats & manage remediation progress
- Make strategic improvements to your security posture
Learn more about penetration testing (FAQ)
What is a pen test?
A penetration test, often called a pen test or pentest, is a methodical simulated attack on your IT infrastructure, with the aim of discovering security vulnerabilities. The methods and tools of the security testing vary depending on what’s being tested, such as network, systems, web apps, mobile apps or the cloud. Pen testing is requirement of many compliance standards, including PCI DSS, ISO, SOC 2, HIPAA, FTC & more.
Which penetration test should I buy?
As a trusted penetration testing service provider, Bulletproof offers a variety of pen tests, as one-offs to spot check your security or on a recurring basis as part of an on-going security strategy. The exact type of penetration test you require depends on your security objectives and compliance needs, such as PCI DSS pen testing. We often find that combined testing – such as a mix of web application and infrastructure/network security testing – gets the best outcome.
What’s the difference between pen testing and vulnerability scanning?
Vulnerability scanning, sometimes called automated penetration testing, uses scanning software to methodically and simply scan for a list of known vulnerabilities. Penetration testing on the other hand uses in depth analysis and human ingenuity to uncover security flaws that can’t be found by vulnerability scanning alone.
Automated testing and vulnerability scanning are an important part of your defences, such as helping regular patching, whereas a penetration test provides detailed reporting and remediation advice from cyber security experts. Penetration testing companies will use both tools in their arsenal to make sure your business is protected against cyber threats.
Can penetration testing be automated?
Bulletproof’s seasoned pen testers use a variety of commercial and bespoke tools to help their pentesting activities. This includes automated security scanning, custom scripts and tailored exploits to compromise your cyber defences. Our CREST certified penetration testers always use the right tool for the job, using different tooling and technology for asset enumeration, network discovery, attack surface mapping, exploitation and more. Automated tooling is a key weapon in our pen tester’s arsenal, but automated scans alone are not the same as a true penetration test.
How much does a pen test cost?
Penetration testing projects vary in length and complexity depending on a number of factors, including what apps and infrastructure are being tested, the aims of the test, and the testing parameters. As a leading UK penetration testing service provider, we take the time to understand your aims and objectives, so we can scope a best-fit security test that delivers value for money. As a specialist penetration testing company, we have dedicated pentest scoping experts to help you get the best outcome for your pen test.
How long does a pen test take?
Pentesting engagements vary in their duration depending on the scope of the test. There are several factors to consider, such as if the pentest is internal or external, network size and complexity, and how much information is disclosed upfront. Bulletproof’s dedicated SaaS portal powers our intelligent reporting, meaning that more time is spent delivering penetration testing services, and less time taken up by report writing. This means your business gets a better understanding of the results, and your test is more cost effective.
How often should penetration testing be carried out?
Best practices, compliance standards and security professionals all agree that penetration testing should be conducted at least once a year. In addition, extra pentesting should be performed upon significant change or upgrades to your infrastructure. This schedule of security testing is even mandated by certain compliance standards, including PCI DSS.
Will my business be disrupted during penetration testing?
Bulletproof penetration testing is specifically designed to safely identify and exploit vulnerabilities with minimal risk of disrupting your business operations. Testing can be also performed against a non-production replica of your live environment, such as a UAT/QA environment. A common specification on testing is ‘no denial of service (DoS)’, meaning tests will have a negligible impact on your day-to-day operations.
Why is CREST certified penetration testing important?
CREST is an internationally recognised body that promotes the highest standards of security testing. Bulletproof is a member of CREST for penetration testing and security scanning, and our expert pentesters additionally individually hold CREST certifications. Selecting a CREST certified penetration testing company gives you confidence that your pen testing services will be carried out to the highest technical and ethical standards.
Can penetration testing be done remotely?
Bulletproof has innovated our own technology solutions so that almost all types of penetration testing can be performed remotely. Whereas other providers will insist on on-site access for their pentesters, Bulletproof can perform pen testing services remotely.
What happens after a penetration test is complete?
At the end of the technical operations, the lead pentester assigned to you will create the comprehensive report and make it available in the Bulletproof threat management portal. The report will detail each threat, the business impact, likelihood of exploitation, how easy it is to fix. Crucially, remediation guidance is included for each and every pen test finding, and the dashboard makes tracking remediations easy. This makes it easier and quicker to improve your security posture. A thorough debrief call is also available, depending on the scope of the test.
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What our customers say
Bulletproof took the time to understand our penetration testing objectives, which showed in the results. The pen test was delivered on our tight timeframe and the threat management platform made it easy for us to remediate the penetration test results quickly and effectively.
Bulletproof's security qualifications
With OSCP & CREST certified expert pen testers and 7+ years in the industry, Bulletproof penetration testing services have a proven track record of finding flaws and helping businesses stay ahead of the hackers.
Penetration testing methodology
While the penetration testing exact methodology will depend on the type and nature of test, most penetration testing services follow the same high-level methodology. Learn more about the fundamentals of penetration testing, plus tips for how to get a good outcome, download our free Essential Guide to Penetration Testing White Paper.
Based on your defined goals, we’ll work with you to develop a tailored testing strategy.
Intelligence gathering & threat modelling
In this reconnaissance stage, our experts use the latest groundbreaking techniques to gather as much security information as possible.
Using the latest tools and sector knowledge, we’ll uncover what’s making your critical assets vulnerable and at risk from attack.
Using a range of custom-made exploits and existing software, our penetration testers will test all core infrastructure and components without disrupting your business.
The team will determine the risks and pivot to other systems and networks if within the scope of the test. All compromised systems will be thoroughly cleaned of any scripts.
Our security team will produce a comprehensive report with their findings. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and request further information on key aspects of your test.
New threats are discovered every day, so Bulletproof includes automated security scans to help you keep on top of new security weaknesses.
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Meet our pen test team
Bulletproof takes pride in building and nurturing the best cyber talent to ensure our penetration testing services always get the best security outcomes for our clients. Our global teams of OSCP & CREST penetration testers are highly skilled, speak at security events and have discovered CVEs.
I take pride knowing that my team are always thinking creatively to get the best outcomes for our pentest customers. They think like the attacker and are always improving their knowledge to stay on top of emerging threats. JordanBulletproof Penetration Testing ManagerFollow Jordan on Linkedin
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