Automated Testing Solutions Only Work On The Surface

Protect your business with a comprehensive, hands-on penetration test. Our experts will assess your cybersecurity the same way a hacker would, going beyond automated testing solutions to find security risks and provide tailored solutions to protect your organization from modern threats.

Why Automated Vulnerability Scans Are Not Enough

Vulnerability scans are a great starting point for any cybersecurity program. They can quickly identify some of the low-hanging fruit that hackers may try to exploit and can be launched periodically. However, they only provide a snapshot of common security risks that may or may not exist in your systems. Hackers are constantly evolving their tactics, and the threat landscape is always changing. That’s why you need a more comprehensive approach to protect your business from modern cybersecurity threats.

The Limitations of Automated Testing

Automated testing solutions can be a great starting point for organizations, they quickly identify some of the low-hanging fruits that hackers may try to exploit. However, they have certain limitations when compared to expert-driven penetration testing:

Automated testing can only detect known vulnerabilities in a predefined set of systems and applications. In contrast, manual penetration testing can adapt to different environments and identify vulnerabilities in custom applications or unique configurations.

Automated tools do not understand the context of an organization’s environment or the potential impact of a vulnerability. Expert-driven penetration testing provides a better understanding of the risks, prioritizing them based on the organization’s specific needs.

Automated tools may struggle to keep up with the latest attack techniques used by cybercriminals, as they rely on predefined exploits. Manual pentesting leverages human ingenuity and creativity, as well as knowledge of the current threat landscape to identify & exploit vulnerabilities that automated tools consistently miss.

Automated tools can have difficulty exploiting complex vulnerabilities that require a multi-step process or chaining of different weaknesses. Expert-driven penetration testing can uncover these sophisticated attack paths that lead to significant breaches.

Automated tools often provide generic remediation advice that may not be applicable to a specific organization’s environment. Manual penetration testing offers tailored recommendations, considering the unique context of the risk in the organization.

Automated tools may generate false positives, flagging issues that are not actual vulnerabilities, or false negatives, missing real security risks. Expert-driven penetration testing validates findings to ensure you focus remediation efforts on the right priorities.

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Why You Need An Expert-Driven Pentest

A manual penetration test is a comprehensive, real-world simulation of a cyberattack on your company. Our skilled penetration testers use the same tactics and techniques that a hacker would use to try to breach your defenses, supported by recognized technological standards such as the NIST SP 800-53, OWASP, MITRE ATT&CK, etc.

This approach provides a more realistic and actionable assessment of your current security posture. It helps identify real-world opportunities for hackers to breach your cybersecurity, going beyond the surface-level vulnerabilities to uncover the complex, hidden weaknesses that could be exploited by a skilled and motivated attacker.

Real-Life Example of a Hacker's Attack Path

This penetration testing project revealed 6 CRITICAL risk vulnerabilities requiring immediate action by our client that would have been missed by an automated testing solution. The information retrieved via exploitation of several vulnerabilities and the creativity of an experienced tester uncovered an opportunity to access the entire AWS infrastructure and compromise all client data.

How We Combine Automated & Manual

Combining automated and manual testing offers a comprehensive approach to penetration testing, providing optimal results and simulating a true attack by a skilled attacker. Automated tools swiftly identify known vulnerabilities, while expert-driven manual testing validates, prioritizes, and explores complex attack scenarios that automated tools consistently miss.

By blending both testing methods, organizations gain a deep understanding of their security posture, focusing project efforts on modern and complex exploits while saving time on routine tasks. This approach ensures a full vulnerability coverage, without sacrificing on quality or efficiency of the tests.

What Our Penetration Testing Services Provide

Our penetration testing services deliver more than a simple export from a security tool. Each identified risk is exploited, measured and documented by an experienced specialist to ensure you fully understand its business impact and how to fix it.

Each element of the final report provides straight-to-the-point, relevant information that contributes significantly towards improving your security posture:

Executive Summary

High level overview of your security posture, recommendations and risk management implications in a clear non-technical language.
Suited for non-technical stakeholders.

Vulnerabilities & Recommendations

Vulnerabilities prioritized by risk level, including technical evidence (screenshots, requests, etc.) and recommendations to fix each vulnerability.
Suited for your technical team.

Compliance Attestation

This document will allow you to meet compliance and regulatory reporting requirements efficiently and with minimal overhead.
Suited for third-parties (clients, auditors, etc).

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Why Organizations Trust Vumetric's Penetration Testing Expertise

Vumetric is an ISO9001-certified boutique provider entirely dedicated to penetration testing, with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. Our methodologies are proven and our understanding of cybersecurity risks is extensive, allowing us to provide clear advice to our clients that is pragmatic, adapted to their needs and efficient in securing against the latest security threats.

Our consultants have extensive
real-world experience and hold the most recognized certifications in the industry (OSCP, OSWE, GWAPT, GPEN, OSEP, CISA, CCSE, CCSA, CISM, CISSP, etc.)

All our projects are executed internally by our team of highly-vetted specialists to ensure the consistency of the quality of our deliverables and the confidentiality of your information.

Unlike many competitors, we do not resell hardware or software solutions. This ensures that our recommendations are focused on your organization’s real cybersecurity needs.

Our testing methodologies are based on known best practices and key technological standards in the industry (OSSTMM, OWASP, NIST, CVE, CVSS, STIX, CAPEC, etc).

We've helped secure companies of all sizes, across all industries:

Vumetric, a Leader in Penetration Testing

Vumetric is a leading cybersecurity company entirely dedicated to providing top-quality penetration testing services for over 15 years. We pride ourselves on delivering consistent and high-quality services, backed by our ISO9001 certified processes and the latest industry standards. Our world-class cybersecurity assessment services have earned the trust of customers of all sizes, including Fortune 1000 companies, SMBs, and government organizations.

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Our ISO9001-certified cybersecurity services are trusted by more than 400 organizations each year, including SMBs, Fortune 1000 companies, and government agencies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of conducting a penetration test?

Conducting a penetration test is a critical tool used by companies as part of their cybersecurity risk management strategy. It helps organizations identify and fix the vulnerabilities most likely to be exploited to breach their cybersecurity and offers counter-measures to mitigate the most important risks of facing cybersecurity incidents.

How is it conducted? What is the process?

The process involves an initial pre-engagement phase to define scope and objectives, followed by reconnaissance, scanning, exploitation, and post-exploitation stages to identify vulnerabilities and assess potential impacts. Detailed reports are provided after testing to help you understand and address discovered issues.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a penetration test varies significantly according to a number of factors. The most determining factor is the size (such as the number of the IP addresses being targeted) and the complexity of the testing scope (the number of features in an application, for instance).

Contact sales to get a quote or read our blog post to learn more.

Can your penetration tests cause downtimes?

Our penetration tests are designed to minimize disruption to your organization’s normal operations and the overwhelming majority of our tests are unnoticeable to our clients. Our team will work with you prior to the project launch to determine any areas that may be susceptible to affect your productivity and will take the necessary steps to minimize any potential impact.

Do we need to provide any access or permissions for the test to be conducted?

In most cases, no access or permissions are required for a penetration test. The goal is to replicate an authentic cyber threat attempting to circumvent your security measures therefore the test is conducted entirely without any inside knowledge or access. However, some types of tests may require access is required to achieve the desired outcome. For example, in order to accurately test an industrial system, remote access to the network may be needed. We will coordinate with your team during the project launch call, where we will confirm objectives, the testing target, as well as any access requirements to achieve project goals.

How does penetration testing fit into our overall cybersecurity strategy?

Penetration testing is an essential component of any comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. By identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses in your mission-critical networks and applications, you can take proactive steps to protect your organization from the most likely risks of facing potential a damaging breach. Regular testing can help ensure that your security measures are up-to-date and effective, and can provide valuable insights into areas that may require additional attention or investment.

Will this test allow us to meet compliance requirements?

Our penetration tests helps several organizations of all types meet compliance requirements every year by identifying vulnerabilities that need remediation. Once remediation testing is completed, we provide an official attestation confirming that vulnerabilities have been remediated, helping organizations meet compliance requirements efficiently.

How long does it take?

The duration of the test varies depending on the size and complexity of the scope. A typical pentest project can range from a few days, up to 3 weeks.

Does Vumetric offer Penetration Testing As-a-Service (PTaaS)?

Yes, Vumetric offers a Penetration Testing as-a-Service (PTaaS) platform for organizations looking for a self-service option. This platform allows businesses to schedule and manage penetration testing projects on-demand, which are performed by our in-house team of skilled penetration testing specialists. The platform provides a client-facing interface for streamlined project management and procurement, real-time progress tracking, historical comparison, etc.

Learn more about The Vumetric PTaaS Platform →

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