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Penetration Testing

Penetration Testing

Penetration testing provides a proactive and authorised attempt to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure by safely attempting to exploit system vulnerabilities, including OS, service and application flaws, improper configurations, and even risky end-user behaviour. Such assessments are also useful in validating the efficacy of defensive mechanisms, as well as end-users’ adherence to security policies.

Innovate perform over 100 bespoke penetration testing projects every year for organisations of all sizes. Whether you are an experienced buyer or new to the field, we will explain the pros, cons, options and limitations of this field, and work with you to scope the best solution to your needs. We succeed in delivering accurate, objective reports that are accurately summarised for all relevant readers. We we will work with you to correct any issues identified.

Ensure ultimate business security

Our expert, highly skilled penetration testing specialists examine the current state of your infrastructure to assess the resilience of your security controls and to identify all the ways that an attacker might gain unauthorised access.
Through the application of rigorous methodologies, the use of automated scanning tools, customised proprietary scripts and manual techniques, we test for exploitable vulnerabilities that could allow unauthorised access to key information assets.

Our reports detail the security vulnerabilities within your infrastructure that could potentially be exploited in an attack. They also recommend the best methods to secure the environment based on your unique internal business requirements and industry best practices.

Key Benefits

Intelligently manage vulnerabilities
Penetration testing provides detailed information on actual, exploitable security threats. By performing a penetration test, you can proactively identify which vulnerabilities are most critical, which are less significant, and which are false positives.

Avoid the cost of network downtime
Penetration testing helps you to avoid financial pitfalls by proactively identifying and addressing risks before attacks or security breaches occur.

Meet regulatory requirements and avoid fines
Penetration testing helps organisations address the general auditing/compliance aspects of regulations.

Preserve corporate image and customer loyalty
Penetration testing helps you avoid data incidents that put your organisation’s reputation and trustworthiness at stake.

Innovate’s penetration testing solutions consist of a number of modules that can be combined as required to provide the assurance you need.

Infrastructure Testing

This is “classic” penetration testing. Your servers, routers and switches that form your basic network infrastructure are tested for a wide range of vulnerabilities including missing security patches, misconfigurations and oversights that could negatively impact the security of your network. This normally forms the basis for additional penetration testing modules specified below.

Web Application Testing

Web applications present a considerable risk to organisations, in that they are often, by design, accessible to untrusted entities and often connect to core business systems. Web developers face a myriad of potential mistakes and assumptions that can be exploited by a malicious attacker. Web applications remain a major factor in most penetration testing projects delivered by Innovate.


Often overlooked within penetration testing projects, but vital to the organisation’s security. It may surprise you to know that popular desktop applications such as Adobe Acrobat and Java Runtime Environments are now amongst the most commonly attacked applications in the world. As core operating systems have matured to automatically install patches and updates, attackers have increasingly moved to targeting third party applications that are less frequently updated. Recognising this trend, Innovate has invested heavily in testing technology for desktop applications, and can demonstrate the total compromise of systems simply by the victim opening a PDF file with a vulnerable viewer. If you haven’t undergone a comprehensive desktop assessment, talk to us.


Many clients contact Innovate with a “Can you get in?” mentality to Wi-Fi security. In reality, there are often a number of potential security issues from unencrypted guest access to the ability to intercept traffic between trusted hosts. Innovate can provide a thorough Wi-Fi assessment, and indicate potentially unconsidered threats that may exist. For example, Innovate recently demonstrated to a client that it was possible to compromise a legitimate device on an unencrypted guest Wi-Fi network and use the legitimate VPN client installed on the target system to gain access to the corporate LAN.


Often relying heavily on VLAN technology for security, many VOIP systems utilise no encryption, meaning that phone calls can often be intercepted from elsewhere within the network. Innovate has the technology to demonstrate these attacks in real-time, providing a real-world indication of risk, and helping organisations reap the benefits without the risks.

Quickly identify security risks

Penetration testing evaluates an organisation’s ability to protect its networks, applications, endpoints and users from external or internal attempts to circumvent its security controls to gain unauthorised or privileged access to protected assets. Test results validate the risk posed by specific security vulnerabilities or flawed processes, enabling  IT management and security professionals to prioritise remediation efforts.

By embracing more frequent and comprehensive penetration testing, organisations can more effectively  anticipate emerging security risks and prevent unauthorized access to critical systems and valuable information. Testing can be performed on a regular basis to ensure more consistent IT and network security management by revealing how newly discovered threats or emerging vulnerabilities may potentially be assailed by attackers.

The Report

The report is the deliverable. We have a decade of experience in drafting reports, providing the information needed, and clarifying the complex. All reports go through rigid QA before release and provide much more useful information than typical automated scan reports, with screenshots, supporting logs, and sufficient information to reproduce the issue or satisfy an auditor.

This report will help your organisations avoid significant fines for non-compliance and allow you to illustrate ongoing due diligence in to assessors by maintaining required security controls to auditors.

Our promise to you

  • We will work with you to ensure the ideal project scope is undertaken.
  • Our testing will utilise the best technologies and methodologies available.
  • Our reports will be clear, objective, and provide a realistic assessment on the risks presented by the findings using internationally recognised scoring mechanisms.
  • Our Executive Summaries will provide a clear indication and position statement to non-technical readers.
  • We will detail the necessary corrective actions, consider the options, and help you to make sure they are correctly implemented.

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