protecting your cloud-based services

Migrating business functions and hosting requirements to the cloud seems to be the trend of the day, with more and more organisations taking advantage of the cost benefits, convenience, accessibility and flexibility it provides.

Despite widespread adoption, many organisations often fail to appropriately lock down or secure their cloud instances, leading to sensitive data being available to internet-based attackers. 

Whether it’s Office 365, AWS, Azure or Google Cloud, our cloud assessments are designed to evaluate the security of your services, providing you with the assurances you require.

the benefits of cloud testing

protect your company reputation

A compromised cloud service can ultimately lead to financial, operational and reputational damage. Cloud services therefore need to be tested on a regular basis, helping to protect both your organisation and any potential client data from damaging cyber threats.

uncover vulnerabilities & prioritise efforts

Testing allows you to identify and classify your most critical cloud vulnerabilities, providing you with vital remediation advice. This gives you the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your security and to effectively prioritise your improvement efforts.

provide security assurances and compliance

Cloud testing can provide you, and any regulatory bodies, with assurances that effective defences are in place and that services are deployed in a secure manner. It also determines whether it is possible for an attacker to gain entry to your services and evaluate the potential fallout of such unauthorised access.

ensure a successful migration

Testing can be used as part of the migration process, ensuring necessary security steps have been taken and that cloud services will be as protected as possible once live.

what we test

Our cloud testing is tailored to your requirements and our consultants will perform a wide range of checks to ensure that appropriate security controls are in place to protect sensitive data.

The following provides an example of the checks we may perform, note this is not an exhaustive list as many of the checks will depend on the specific service under review:

  • Multi-factor authentication on administrative users and other high-privileged user roles. 
  • Anti-automation techniques are implemented, such as account lockouts. 
  • Appropriate logging is in place to allow auditing of suspicious behaviour. 
  • Appropriate warnings are sent when suspicious behaviour occurs, such as many failed login attempts. 
  • Data loss prevention systems are configured to identify when sensitive data is being transferred. 
  • Secure access controls on any sensitive data held on the cloud services. 

our approach

Every cloud test goes through a rigorous process, ensuring you get the best possible outcome for your organisation. Below we outline the key stages our testing goes through:

Penetration testing approach - Pentest - Information security assurance

1. scoping

We work with you to fully understand your organisation, the cloud services in question and the desired test outcomes.

2. proposal & prerequisites

A proposal will be drawn up outlining the planned scope of work and the preparation needed to start testing.

3. testing

Our consultants are given access to the target instance, using their expertise to evaluate the service from a security standpoint.

4. ongoing communication

Our consultants will communicate with you throughout the test, to your set requirements.

5. reporting

A comprehensive, quality assured report of test findings will be delivered.

6. post-test support

Our consultants will be available to offer guidance on any aspect of the report, as well as remediation efforts.

7. further testing

You have the option to retest, ensuring reported vulnerabilities have been addressed.

why choose us

Our cloud tests are designed to support your overall information security efforts. It’s this support that truly sets us apart and our team is dedicated to reducing your cyber threat, to pass on our wealth of expertise and to provide you with the security assurances you need.

experience and expertise

Our team of security consultants have years of experience and a depth of expertise in testing cloud services. We invest significant time into security research projects, honing and developing skills which allow our consultants to deliver the best possible results for your organisation.

dedicated contact throughout

Every organisation we work with is appointed a dedicated account manager. Our account managers understand the complexity of coordinating tests and will work with you to ensure your test runs smoothly.

testing tailored to your business

No two organisations are the same and neither are our cloud tests. We work closely with you to fully understand your goals, the services in question, the security challenges, operational needs and priorities before we undertake any work.

quality reporting

Every penetration test report undergoes an internal QA process and is peer reviewed. Our reports provide you with a managerial overview of findings, an in-depth technical review of the vulnerabilities found and our remediation advice.

post-test support

Our job doesn’t finish on the delivery of a report and our expert consultants will be available to answer any questions, to share their expert knowledge, and to provide remediation support to internal development teams or external suppliers.  

optional retest

We can provide an optional retest into our testing, making sure issues have been understood and remediation efforts have been implemented as effectively as possible. 

added value

Value is about more than just cost. Our value comes from scoping engagements accurately, our detailed reports, providing your team with post-test support, the expert knowledge we impart and by going above & beyond the tick box deliverables used by other information security providers.

contact us

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