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Offensive Security

Offensive Security, often called Penetration Testing, helps boost your defences. Our creative CREST and OffSec certified professionals have years of experience testing a huge range of technology to the limits. Working with a cybercriminal’s Tools, Technicals and Practises, along with your permission, they work to locate your weaknesses and advise how you can strengthen your security in an affordable way before threat actors take advantage.

Our penetration testers use a combination of our own internal AI alongside automated software tools, proprietary scripts and manual techniques to test your for exploitable vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities that would allow unauthorised access to system components, applications and data. Of course, vulnerabilities never exist in a silo. We put them into context to highlight the most relevant risks to your business. We focus on positive outcomes and results, so we’ll be clear about what and where your biggest risks are, what is a top priority and what is of least concern.

For our SOC clients, the offensive security team are working on their environments around the clock. However, our discrete offensive security or penetration testing services are time-limited engagements. Hedgehog Security is certified by CREST for the deliver of penetration testing and offensive security services.

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Why is Offsec is important

It’s only a matter of time before any organisation experiences a cyber security breach. The longer a threat actor dwells inside, the greater the opportunity for exploitation. As organisations expand their IT ecosystems with extra tools like mobile apps and web applications, they create a larger attack surface for threat actors to attempt to infiltrate to gain access to your corporate network. It’s always best to identify and fix any security issues before they pose a risk to your business. If your security is compromised it can cost more time, resources and money to react than it would to be proactive earlier on.

How Offensive Security Testing Helps
Offensive Security Testing helps reduce the likelihood of an organisation experiencing a cyber security breach by helping to:

  • Identify your security weaknesses before cybercriminals do
  • Reduce the chances of a breach
  • Understand the biggest cyber security risks to your business
  • Address current issues fast
  • Minimise risks to your organisation
  • Enable tuning and improving of cyber security policies
Offensive Security
Our offensive security team work around the clock from our various offices. We deliver proactive penetration testing for IT, OT and maritime platforms to the government, defence, aeronautics, space, energy, transportation, shipping & maritime, not for profit / charities, legal, manufacturing, banking and finance industries.
Cloud Services
Cloud penetration testing is a type of penetration testing that focuses on evaluating the security of an organisations cloud infrastructure, including servers, storage, and other cloud-based resources.
Web Applications
The goal of web application penetration testing is to identify vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that could be exploited by an attacker to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data, launch a denial of service attack, or execute malicious code.
The goal of wireless penetration testing is to identify vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that could be exploited by an attacker to gain unauthorized access to the network, steal sensitive data, or launch a denial-of-service attack.
Maritime Cyber Security is the protection of onboard and onshore devices and systems from unpermitted or malicious intrusions. Cyber Security encompasses all possible vectors of access to these systems, including through network connections, on location through console access or through intrinsic weaknesses present in the systems themselves.
The goal of network infrastructure penetration testing is to identify vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that could be exploited by an attacker to gain unauthorized access to the network or launch a denial of service attack.
Red Team
Red Team engagements are typically a month or longer in duration. The goal is to simulate a full cyber attack against a business, with little to no restrictions, to identify as many weaknesses as possible.
Vulnerability Assessment
The goal of a vulnerability assessment to provide a rapid assessment of an organisations security footing through the identification of known vulnerabilities using automated tooling.
Insider Threat
An insider threat assessment is an internal infrastructure and application penetration test, where the test team have access into the environments and have a set of standard user credentials. The goal of an insider threat assessment is typically to determine if an insider can access and steal information.
PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) penetration testing is a type of penetration test that focuses on evaluating the security of an organisations systems, networks, and applications that process, store or transmit payment card data.
Our 7 Step Approach to Offensive Security
Our 7 step approach to offensive security engagements has been honed over the last decade to provide a real tangible return on investment for your penetration testing budget.
1. Pre-Enagement - aka Scoping etc

The offensive security engagament initiates with consultations between you and the testing team. Goals, scope, and expectations are clarified to ensure a tailored approach that aligns with your unique environment.
2. Intelligence Gathering

In this phase, the testing team gathers relevant information about the scope and your organisations digital footprint. This includes domain names, IP addresses, network architecture, and other critical details that could aid in identifying potential entry points.
3. Threat Modelling

Building on the acquired intelligence, the testing team develops a threat model. This involves mapping out potential attack vectors that adversaries might employ, based on the specific scoped assets, technologies, and industry vulnerabilities.
4. Vulnerability Analysis

This stage focuses on scanning your systems, applications, and network for known vulnerabilities. Automated tools and manual techniques are employed to uncover weaknesses that could serve as potential entry points for attackers.
5. Exploitation

Once vulnerabilities are identified, the testing team attempts to exploit these weaknesses, simulating the actions of a real attacker. This step provides valuable insights into the potential impact of a successful breach.
6. Post Exploitation

In the event of a successful exploitation, the testing team explores the extent to which an attacker could pivot within the network, escalating privileges and accessing sensitive data. This phase showcases the potential consequences of a breach and emphasizes the need for containment and mitigation strategies.
7. Reporting

The culmination of the offensive security test is the generation of a comprehensive report. This document provides a detailed account of the vulnerabilities discovered, the methods employed to exploit them, and actionable recommendations for remediation. The report serves as a roadmap for bolstering cybersecurity defences and prioritizing risk mitigation efforts.
Why Choose Hedgehog Security?
  • We are a global Cyber Security company
  • CREST Certified Red and Blue teams
  • Focus on Quality of Service, not Quantity of Clients
  • Fast, Easy service deployment
  • Technology Agnostic
  • High Client Satisfaction
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to get permission from my cloud/hosting provider to carry out vulnerability scanning?
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If your servers are hosted by any of the main cloud service providers (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean etc), you typically do not need to notify them or get permission for Scan to run.For smaller providers or dedicated/co-located hosting environments, you should check with your provider as you may need to notify them or get permission in writing.
What IP addresses do you Scan from?
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Our scanner IP addresses change regularly, but you can always query then through the DNS. Our scanner names are:
How many targets can be scanned?
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We can scan any number of addresses, just as long as they are owned by you.
What scanning engine do you use?
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We use multiple scanning engines to fullfil our scans. Presently we use a combination of Greenbone (formally known as OpenVAS), Tenable Nessus, OWASP ZAP and Burp Suite Pro.
Will vulnerability scanning cause disruption?
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The scanners are all industry standard vulnerability scanners. For this reason, it is extremely unlikely for any scan to cause any disruption, performance degradation, outages or any other issues. In exceptionally rare cases, a scan can cause disruption or performance degradation for very old or very poorly configured systems.
How often should Vulnerability Scanning be performed?
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Under GDPR and the UK data protection acts you have a legal responsibility to regularly review and validate your security. We recommended all organisations conduct a vulnerability scan against their internal and external assets at least once a month, as well as after any significant upgrades or modifications to the company network.
What happens after a Vulnerability Scan is completed?
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To help facilitate the remediation process, vulnerability scans should be assessed to ensure that it delivers actionable guidance to drive tangible security improvements. If you require assistance with remediation, you can connect with your account manager who can arrange for the engineering team to assist in remediation.
How much does Vulnerability Scanning cost?
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Vulnerability scanning is a fixed price service offering based on the number of assets you wish to you scan. You can purchase online through our website here.
Can vulnerability scans be run out of hours?
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Yes of course, to run an out of hours scans simply click play on your first scan at the time you want the scan to run. All subsequent scans will take place at this time on your schedule (i.e. the next day, week or quarter).

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