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Penetration testing is the safest way of finding out how well your security protocols protect your system. Ethical hackers (Pentesters) expose the weaknesses in your security, giving you the heads up on what needs to be done to reduce your level of risk.

Penetration Testing forms a vital part of any ongoing cyber assessment and vulnerability management programme.

Penetration testing can be broken down into multiple phases. What happens in each phase will vary depending on the type of organisation as well as the type of tests conducted, but the methodology is basically the same.

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Taking the next step

Penetration testing is a vital tool used to identify the risks and vulnerabilities within your organisation and objectively assess the current state of your cyber security controls. 

Simulating the behaviour of a real cyber criminal, a penetration test will uncover the critical security issues of your systems, how these vulnerabilities were exploited - as well as steps required to fix them (before they are exploited for real).


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