Forensic Control


Test your vulnerabilities to improve security

Penetration, or ‘pen’ testing is the process of testing a computer system, network, or application to discover vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber security attacks. Once identified, the tester will provide remediation details to fix the potential exploit. We recommend that our clients carry out regular penetration testing, especially after changes to systems, as new vulnerabilities and methods to exploit these vulnerabilities regularly emerge.

Pen testing involves simulating an attack on your systems using various techniques, tools and methodologies. Our expert pen testers will attempt to gain access to your systems, identify security weaknesses, and then try to exploit them. This can involve using ‘social engineering’ tactics to trick people into revealing sensitive information, or using automated tools to scan for vulnerabilities.

The goal of penetration testing is not to cause harm or damage to the system, but rather to help improve its security by identifying weaknesses that could be exploited by real attackers. By conducting regular pen tests, you can proactively identify and address security vulnerabilities before they are exploited by malicious actors.

The benefits of penetration testing

Penetration testing helps identify security vulnerabilities in your systems, networks, and applications, allowing you to address them before they are exploited by attackers. This helps to improve the overall security of your systems, protecting your organisation from potential data breaches and cyber attacks.

Many industry regulations and compliance standards require regular penetration testing to ensure the security of sensitive data. Conducting regular pen tests can help you meet these requirements and avoid fines and legal penalties for non-compliance.

Penetration testing is a cost-effective way to identify and address security vulnerabilities. By proactively identifying and addressing these, you can avoid much higher costs associated with data breaches, including legal fees, lost revenues, and reputational damage.

Penetration testing helps you understand the risks associated with your systems, networks, and applications. By identifying and addressing vulnerabilities, you can reduce the risk of cyber attacks and minimise potential damage.

Conducting regular penetration testing can give you peace of mind, knowing that your systems are secure and you are taking proactive steps to protect your organisation from potential cyber threats.

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Why work with Forensic Control?

How we work

Our team uses the latest applications, technology and processes to make sure we test and scan your infrastructure, giving you a complete analysis of areas for remediation and protection. We tailor our approach according to the scope of the testing and infrastructure, which means our pricing is also bespoke to your project.

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Happy Clients

Supporting our clients with down to earth advice, explained simply, is our mission. Don’t just take our word for it though. Here are a handful of our testimonials from clients we work with.

"Expert and friendly support towards our achieving Cyber Essentials Plus certification. Clearly laid out the expectations for meeting the standards and navigated us through. Kept us on track even when business demands were pulling our attention elsewhere. Delighted to have the certification but our business gained a great deal from the journey too."

Lee Bartmanis, Head of Operations, Nurole

"I highly recommend Forensic Control to any organization seeking top-tier cyber security services. Their well-coordinated process, insightful guidance, and refreshing approach to cyber security set them apart. They are true experts in their field, and we are grateful for their invaluable contributions to our company's cyber security journey.
Five stars and a heartfelt thank you to Forensic Control and the entire team!"

Elon Schutze, Services Director, Know Why BV

"I highly recommend Forensic Control for any company embarking on their Cyber Essentials journey. From the moment we engaged with them, Jonathan and his team provided exceptional service, ensuring that we had all the necessary information and tailored advice specific to our company's needs. Their professionalism, knowledge, and commitment to their clients are truly exceptional. If you're looking for a reliable and highly competent partner to guide you through your Cyber Essentials journey, Forensic Control is the perfect choice."

Adam Maxwell, Security Specialist, Jisc

"I've had the pleasure of working with Jonathan on two occasions and on both times he has shown the utmost professional customer care. He was able to help us get our CE renewal over the line during out of hours just so there is no lapse between our CE. He's been very helpful in answering all my questions as I was leading the CE renewal for my company for the first time and it could not have been any easier."  

An Le, IT Security Analyst, Save the Children

“Highly recommended Forensic Control. From the very start of our CE+ journey, Jonathan was providing tremendous service to us in order to ensure we had all the necessary information and advice specific to our company. They was consistently providing clear and helpful guidance in order for us to best succeed with our certification and as such had a great outcome! Big thanks to Jonathan and Forensic Control.”

Christopher Price, Technical Operations Lead, Faculty

“We had our Cyber Essentials Plus certification done by Jonathan and his team. Quick responses and professional advice that went further than the scope. Brilliant service and aftercare. Going forward, we will be using Forensic Control services.”

Maris Hakman, The Royal Foundation

"Forensic Control is a firm of professional cyber security advisers who guided our organisation achieve a ISO equivalent i.e. IASME Gold Standard accreditation over an 18 month period. Their service added a lot of value to our IT Governance and overall organisational security awareness and competencies."

Selam Shibru, Bank Worker’s Charity

"Forensic Control have been professional, efficient and very responsive in any queries we had in regards to the company gaining it’s Cyber Essentials qualification. We are continuing to use their services to progress to Cyber Essentials Plus. Highly recommend”

Francesca MacLeod, Cordless Consultant

“We are a small company that relies on the security of our data. Forensic Control has been perfect at keeping us protected and up to date with all the latest trends. Very efficient when we have needed help.”

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Penetration Testing

What is penetration testing, and why is it important for our organisation?

Penetration testing, also known as ethical hacking, is a proactive cyber security practice that simulates real-world cyberattacks to identify vulnerabilities and assess the security of your organisation’s systems, networks, and applications. It involves authorised security experts attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in a controlled environment. Penetration testing is important for your organisation as it helps uncover security weaknesses that may be missed by automated scanning tools or configuration reviews.

By identifying and addressing these vulnerabilities before malicious actors exploit them, penetration testing strengthens your overall security posture and helps protect sensitive data, systems, and customer trust

How does penetration testing work?

Penetration testing typically follows a systematic and structured approach. It involves a security expert, known as a penetration tester, using various techniques and tools to probe your organisation’s systems for vulnerabilities. The tester attempts to gain unauthorised access, escalate privileges, and exploit weaknesses, mimicking the tactics of real-world attackers.

The testing may cover areas such as network infrastructure, web applications, wireless networks, and social engineering. The penetration tester then provides a detailed report that outlines the vulnerabilities discovered, their potential impact, and actionable recommendations to mitigate them effectively.

Is penetration testing a one-time activity, or should it be performed regularly?

Penetration testing should be performed regularly to ensure ongoing security and to adapt to the evolving threat landscape. Cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and attack techniques are constantly changing, so regular testing helps identify new vulnerabilities that may arise from system updates, software patches, or configuration changes.

It is recommended to conduct penetration tests annually as a baseline, or more frequently if your organisation deals with sensitive data, operates in a high-risk industry, or undergoes significant changes to the IT infrastructure. Regular testing helps ensure that your security measures remain effective and helps maintain a proactive security stance.

What should we expect after a penetration test is performed?

After a penetration test is performed, you can expect to receive a detailed report from the penetration testing team. This report will include a summary of the testing methodology, the vulnerabilities discovered, the techniques used to exploit them, and the potential impact on your organisation’s security.

The report will also provide actionable recommendations to address the identified vulnerabilities and mitigate the risks effectively. It is crucial to review the findings with your IT team and prioritise the remediation efforts based on the severity and potential impact of the vulnerabilities. Regularly conducting penetration tests and promptly addressing the identified vulnerabilities will help fortify your defences and protect against real-world cyber threats.