A penetration test (or pen testing) is a vital component of your security strategy and is a security practice that simulates an attack by a real cybercriminal to safely bypass and exploit vulnerabilities within the security controls of your computer systems, networks or applications.

Why do i need a Penetration test?

High-profile security breaches continue to dominate the media headlines. This trend places an increasing number of businesses at risk. They are growing in amount and complexity while malicious hackers are actively developing new and more sophisticated forms of attacks every single day.

Having anti-virus software and a firewall, as well as assuming that your business is secure, is no longer enough. Modern businesses require an advanced approach to security and due diligence. They need to test their resistance to cybersecurity threats and build highly effective defense mechanisms and remediation strategies. Still hesitating?

When to carry out a Penetration test?

With threats constantly evolving, it’s recommended that every organisation commissions penetration testing at least once a year, but more frequently when:

  • Making significant changes to infrastructure
  • Launching new products and services
  • Undergoing a business merger or acquisition
  • Preparing for compliance with security standards
  • Bidding for large commercial contracts
  • Utilising and/or developing custom applications

Business Benefits

  • Fixes vulnerabilities before they are exploited by cybercriminals
  • Supports PCI DSS, ISO 27001 and GDPR compliance
  • Provides independent assurance of security controls
  • Preserve company’s image and customer loyalty
  • Develop efficient security measures
  • Demonstrates a continuous commitment to security
  • Improves awareness and understanding of cyber security risks
  • Supplies the insight needed to prioritise future security investments



Need more? Read our five reasons why pen testing is essential for your organisation’s health and security here.

A word on vulnerability scanning and penetration testing

These tests differ but are both critical to a comprehensive security strategy. They are powerful tools to monitor and improve an organisation’s network environment but the terms are often wrongly used interchangeably. Vulnerability scans and vulnerability assessments search systems for known vulnerabilities. A penetration test attempts to actively exploit weaknesses in an environment. While a vulnerability scan can be automated, a penetration test requires various levels of expertise and should identify weaknesses in an organisation and reduce the attack surface.

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The Blue Saffron Penetration Test Plans

We offer two kinds of Penetration test plans.

  • A one off service (typically a test conducted once a year) or
  • A subscription based service; based on an agreed schedule that will actively search for new weaknesses in your online services and business processes. This is an innovative new approach and is highly recommended in light of the ever changing nature of cyber threats.


Our team will work with you to define a scope, finalise report deliverables, schedule locations and protocols, and be observed during the execution of the test.

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