“Our aim is to provide our customers with the reassurance that they can trade in a secure online environment at all times. To this end the relationship with Ambersail Assured will provide us with the required high level of guidance and protection in the pursuit of this.”
Security Manager, Birmingham Midshires.

Should I Perform Network Penetration Testing?

The most common reasons organisations come to us are…

General cyber security concerns. Ensuring that networks that support important business operations are adequately protected. This extends to internal company networks that should not be accessible by all staff.

Protection for remote IT Support. Companies that provide remote network administration for clients are often targeted by hackers as they provide an indirect route into much larger company networks. Network Penetration Testing aims to access support administration routes into much larger client networks.

Compliance. Satisfying compliance requirements for network penetration testing for a number of standards and initiatives.

Rather than simply identifying unpatched networks, Network Penetration Testing is now used as a strategic tool. To support business objectives and reduce risk.

Getting Started Is Easy

Ambersail has been performing penetration testing for many years. During that time we have come to understand what is really important to our clients.

We make it easy for companies to understand what needs to be tested. Network Penetration Testing is performed under carefully controlled conditions.  Results are very clear making it easy to understand what to do next.

You can expect:

  • Competitive pricing for test services.
  • Help and advice from when you contact us.
  • Testing that is performed when you need it. Even if it needs to be performed immediately.
  • CREST Network Penetration Testing team. Testing clients for over a decade from all over the world.
  • Direct access to our UK Based test team. You can pick up the phone and talk to a real person.
  • Easy to understand reports with clear advice.
  • Walkthroughs of results and retests to confirm fixes have been made.

Contact us to get started.

Need To Know More On How We Do Things?

Network Penetration testing consists of three distinct stages:

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Ambersail Network Penetration Testing Methodology


We start by identifying what devices are connected to the network. A variety of techniques are used to provoke responses from suspected network hosts and devices. How we perform this task varies enormously. Depending on network conditions, available bandwidth, and the presence of firewalls or intrusion prevention devices.

The objective is to identify all active devices and hosts on the target network. At this point we have a full range of targets to focus our testing on.


Confirm exactly which services each device is offering. Start to identify any services are likely to be vulnerable to known weaknesses. A combination of cross referencing specific versions of services against published problems and our experience of weaknesses found in similar technology.


Deeper, more intensive testing. Further investigation of suspected weaknesses from previous stages. Results influence recursive testing. Removing false positives. Sharpening what we look for and making tests very specific to the platform we are assessing.

What Is A Network Penetration Test?

This is a security assessment of any network service. An example of a service might include mail, file transfer, web cameras or IOT (Internet of Things) devices. The assessment will locate issues with these services that might allow a hacker to access your environment.

Why test? As with other types of test, it might be because of regulatory compliance or because of contractual obligations. Or it may simply be because of concerns that network controls are not properly implemented.

Network Penetration Tests can be conducted over the Internet (referred to as external testing) or from within the target network (known as internal testing).  All networks can be tested in this way, even if cloud services such as AWS, Azure or Rackspace are being used.

Network Penetration Testing will typically uncover a wide range of issues. This depends on how much information the tester is given before the test. If the tester is supplied with full access to the network, the range of findings will be both deeper and wider.

Findings could include the location of malware, the discovery of weak or default passwords. Systems that are unpatched or poorly configured. Confidential data that is not properly secured. These are all reported in an easy-to-understand report along with a clear, non-technical management summary and actionable recommendations.