“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 We Perform Network Penetration Testing?

People work with us because…

Companies are concerned about cyber security and how it might affect their networks. They want to make sure that their networks are properly protected. This includes internal networks that should not be accessed by all staff.

Support Companies need to protect remote IT services. Companies providing remote network administration for clients are often targeted by hackers. This is because they are providing a trusted route into much larger company networks. Network Penetration Testing aims to access these routes and gain access into larger client networks.

Businesses working towards compliance. We perform network penetration testing for clients  needing to be compliant. For these companies, getting secure is a by-product of compliance.

Network Penetration Testing is now used as a strategic tool by businesses to support security goals and reduce risk.

Getting Started Is Easy

Ambersail has been performing penetration testing for many years. We 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 fix any problems.

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 is connected to the network. Our team gets responses from suspected network hosts . How we perform this task varies enormously.  We consider network conditions, available bandwidth and the presence of firewalls or intrusion prevention devices.

Eventually, we aim to identify all active devices and hosts on the target network. Once this is done, we have a full range of targets to focus our testing on.


Now that Discovery is complete, we confirm which services are running on devices. Once done, we can identify any services that are at risk of known weaknesses. We cross reference active services against published problems and use our experiences with similar technology.


Our test team performs manual checks for suspected weaknesses. This leads to far deeper testing as we remove false positives and make tests very specific to the platform we are assessing.

What Is A Network Penetration Test?

Also referred to as a Network Pen Test, it tests to identify security flaws. A network may consist of devices such as mail servers, web hosts, firewalls and database servers. Testing aims to locate issues with services running on those devices that will allow a hacker to access the network.

Why does a company test? Often a company needs to be compliant or because a business partner needs to allay security concerns. Also, because of concerns that network controls are not properly implemented.

Network Penetration Tests can be performed 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 often uncover a wide range of issues. This depends on how much information the tester is given before the test. For example if there are any specific goals the test must achieve. Additionally, supplying the tester with full access to the network will lead to a deeper and more detailed test.

Our team uncovers findings that include the location of malware and the discovery of weak or default passwords. Also we find systems that are unpatched or poorly configured. Most importantly, we identify confidential data that is not properly secured. Findings are presented in an easy-to-understand report along with a clear management summary with advice on how to fix.