Proving compliance with data security frameworks is crucial to allowing your business to trade. Whether you want to increase trade with public bodies, process card payments, store personal data, or want to demonstrate your corporate commitment to data security, Fidus is here to help
If your business processes card payments, you must adhere to the PCI-DSS standard. Fidus can help you complete the assessment process and achieve full compliance.
The UK government’ officially recognised standard for cyber security proves your commitment to protecting customers. Fidus will prepare and test your systems to help you achieve the certification standard.
Giving EU citizen’s wide-ranging rights to their data, the General Data Protection Regulation has changed the way you must protect personal information. Fidus will help you strengthen your IT safeguards.
The NIS Directive aims to raise levels of the overall security and resilience of network and information systems across the EU
The SWIFT Customer Security Programme (CSP) is a framework designed to help financial institutions improve their cyber security posture. All SWIFT members must submit an annual self-attestation of compliance with the controls outlined in the framework.
Penetration testing reveals your most sensitive network vulnerabilities – so you need a partner you can trust. Fidus Information Security are an NCSC CHECK Green Light and TIGER scheme approved consultancy. Our cyber security experts hold some of the most recognised certifications in the industry, including CREST Certified Tester and Senior Security Tester. Fidus is also a Cyber Essentials verified company. Every assessment we perform is carried out according to UK industry approved methodologies (OWASP, PETS, NIST) along with our own internal testing frameworks.
More than just identifying security vulnerabilities, our cyber security experts are on hand to help you fix them too.
Certified Security Consultants
Our CREST and TIGER approved team holds a range of industry-leading security certifications including OSCP, CCT, SST and CISSP
Easy to Understand Reports
We’ll ensure that your executives and technical teams properly understand our assessment findings using plain-English reporting.
Fixed Price Proposals
The price you’re quoted is the price you’ll pay. Our quotes are broken down into a detailed costing table so you know exactly what to expect.
Other approaches we've witnessed have included convoluted steps and commonly ends with incorrect information being handed to the consultant assigned to the engagement.
Our approach to security involves a qualified security consultant through the entire process to ensure quality, accuracy and consistency.
Penetration Testing ‘tools’ are used as part of engagements to help assess, identify and exploit commonly found vulnerabilities. There are numerous different kinds of tools used within every engagement, each with a different use and varying popularity – like most things, people have a preference!
Whilst these tools are effective at finding what they’re able to, it’s important to ensure your provider does not simply run automated tools and issue a report. Many vulnerabilities cannot be identified simply by running an automated tool without some form of manual verification and, in some cases, manual exploitation too. Our consultants at Fidus focus on manual testing where possible and whilst some of these tools are used to aid assessments, they will never be the focal point of the engagement.
Commonly seen tools include; NMap, Metapsloit, SQLMap, Nessus, Qualys, Nikto, SSLScan, Cobalt Strike and many, many more.
The end goal of a Pen Test varies from client to client and has many underlying factors, such as; complexity of application and/or network, whether there have been previous tests, what kind of data the application/network holds and the size of the organisation.
The most frequent goal we are given by clients is “Can you obtain our customer information?”. However, it is also important to not overlook other issues which could lead to things such as loss of business reputation if the customer facing website is compromised.
Penetration Testing should NOT become a Pass/Fail assessment for your organisation It should be seen as an exercise to evaluate your current security posture with the aim to make as many improvements as possible.
At Fidus, we ensure the client is able to extract as much value from the assessment as possible. As such, our reports contain sections for both the executive team which is aimed at the risks to the business and a technical section for the development and IT teams. We provide enough information for the C-Level staff members to fully understand the report and enough information for the technical team to be able to locate, reproduce and fix all issues discovered.
Initiation / Scoping – Ensuring the delivery of work is exactly as you require and the correct amount of time is allocated to your engagement.
Pre-Assessment – Confirmation that your environment is accessible and ready for testing and all requirements have been completed.
Assessment – Conducting the engagement as per the Scope of Work.
Post-Assessment – Collection of all results and ensuring the tested environment has been tidied up where possible.
Reporting – Compilation of results for the final deliverable.
Remediation Discussion and Support – Discussion and explanation of all issues where required and further support for implementing changes as recommended within the deliverable.
The time it takes to conduct each assessment is dependent on the scope of the engagement. There are multiple factors which can impact the length of the engagement, such as; network size, complexity of applications, size of organisation and whether the assessment is internal or external.
The main benefit of is the proactive approach to finding serious vulnerabilities before attackers do. These vulnerabilities can lead to numerous scenarios such as; reputational damage, loss of user data and financial fines.
Penetration Testing is also a key factor to becoming compliant in multiple standards, such as Cyber Essentials Plus, PCI DSS and ISO 27001.
Evaluate Current Security Controls
A pen test allows you to evaluate current security controls which are in place. These could be Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS), Intrusion Protection Systems (IPS), Firewalls and Web Application Firewalls (WAF). We commonly see mis-configuration of these devices, sometimes rendering them ineffective at their main job, keeping your data safe.
Avoid The Cost of Network Downtime
Have you ever worked out how much it would cost your business if you had even a day downtime because of a cyber attack? This is not simply the loss of a day wages for all employees, it may also include; legal fees, incident response, customer protection and damage control activities.
A security assessment also allows you to establish the level of exposure if a specific area of your company gets breached, such as the main user web application, and ascertain how sensitive the data held within is. Currently, sensitive breaches must be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) with fines sometimes reaching 6 figures. However, with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, these fines are set to multiply and only give organisations 72 hours to discover and report a breach. The easiest way to avoid a breach is to proactively defend against one.
Penetration Testing should be performed on a regular basis to ensure newly discovered threats and previously recommended implementations are evaluated. In addition to this, penetration testing should occur when there’s a big change to network infrastructure, a new web application is deployed, during/before mergers and Phishing assessments should take place upon expansion of your team.
The kind of assessment you require has many underlying factors. Some questions such as “We’re about to deploy a new web application, what kind of testing do you recommend?” are much easier to answer than “We’ve never had a Penetration Test before, what do you recommend?”.
For the latter question, there are a series of questions which need to be answered first. Such as; What are your key assets? What would cripple your business if stolen? (Signing keys, source code, customer data etc), How many employees do you have? What is your budget?
It is important to have all of the information to be able to evaluate what would have the best return on investment for your Penetration Test.
If you would like to talk through the different kind of paths you could take, please get in touch.