Penetration Testing

IT organizations are building, maintaining, and improving their network defences against internal and external malicious users and attackers every day. While understanding how well these defences withstand adversaries, is imperative to keep your fortress secure.

Study Cyber Security-Tech takes the time to understand our client’s business and think as an attacker would. This allows us to gain a holistic overview, as well as a technical point of view. Using set objectives, we will identify the weakest link first, and then escalate until one or several bastions fall, and we gain privileged access to information or systems.

Our vulnerability assessment and penetration testing (VAPT) services leverage a hybrid approach composed of automated and manual testing methods. Attempts to gain privileged access to firewalls, networks and respective devices, servers, IoT, web applications, and other points of exposure will be conducted in a safe and controlled manner while exploiting identified vulnerabilities. Once a vulnerability has been successfully exploited, our security analysts will attempt to increase their foothold by launching succeeding exploits to gain higher levels of privileges and deeper access to electronic assets and information.

Penetration testing will examine the prevention, detection, and defensive mechanisms of a network by uncovering its vulnerabilities and attempting to exploit them.

The first part of penetration testing resembles a vulnerability audit. However, once the vulnerabilities are detected, the pen-tester will attempt to exploit every vulnerability to identify those which can compromise a network, its systems, data and services. If the pen tester can breach the network’s defences without raising an alarm, then it’s an indication that the security controls need to be strengthened. The penetration test can be done in a variety of ways.

What we offer:

  • Blackbox Web Application Pentesting
  • Whitebox Web Application Pentesting
  • Greybox Web Application Pentesing


Blackbox Web Application Penetration Test

Refers to testing a system without having specific knowledge of the inner workings of the information asset, no access to the source code, and no knowledge of architecture. This approach closely mimics how an attacker typically approaches a web application at first. However, due to the lack of application knowledge, the uncovering of bugs and/or vulnerabilities can take significantly longer and may not provide a full view of the application’s security posture.

Whitebox Web Application Penetration Test

Refers to testing the system while having full knowledge of the target system. At SCS-Tech UK, our white-box penetration test is composed of a grey-box test combined with a secure code review. Such assessments will provide a full understanding of the application and its infrastructure’s security posture.

 Greybox Web Application Penetration Test

Refers to testing the system while having some knowledge of the target asset. This knowledge is usually constrained to the URL of the application, as well as user credentials representing different user roles. Greybox testing allows focus and prioritized efforts based on superior knowledge of the target system. This increased knowledge can result in identifying more significant vulnerabilities while putting in much less effort. Therefore, grey-box testing can be a sensible approach to better simulate advantages attackers have, versus security professionals when assessing applications. Registered testing allows the penetration tester to fully assess the web application for potential vulnerabilities. Additionally, it allows the tester to verify any weaknesses in application authorization that could result in vertical and/or horizontal privilege escalation.