Penetration Testing


Understand your most dangerous security risks and mitigate them


A penetration test simulates an attack on your organization’s network infrastructure or applications. The aim of performing such a test is to determine what attackers can access and what trouble they can cause. By emulating a real-world attacker, we demonstrate where security gaps exist and procedures fail, how much access an attacker could gain, and how you can properly secure your systems.

During these controlled tests, an experienced consultant reviews the security of your network infrastructure and applications, using the same tools and techniques that an attacker would use. Testing can even be performed covertly, without the awareness of the people who manage and operate your systems.

We review and benchmark multiple areas of your organization to identify operational practices and systems configurations that represent risk to your sensitive information.

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Understand the mind of a hacker to better protect your network and applications. By emulating a real-world attacker, we demonstrate where holes exist and procedures fail, how much access an attacker could gain and how to properly secure your systems.

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Get up-to-date information about which security vulnerabilities impact your systems. Regular vulnerability scanning is a critical component of all successful cybersecurity programs and is a required component for all merchants accepting credit card payments. These scans also help to proactively find changes or weaknesses in your ever-changing network environment.

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Whether it is investigating a breach of credit card numbers or recovering sensitive data, we have the experience and ability to dissect even the most complicated forensic cases and bring them to a close.

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Employing a risk management program will focus your limited resources where they can provide the greatest level of risk reduction.  Our risk assessments combine reviews of documentation and system details with personnel interviews to identify relevant threats and vulnerabilities within your organization.

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Scale quickly as your company grows, reduce infrastructure costs and space requirements and access your data from anywhere, at anytime to arm.

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An internal penetration test replicates an attack from within your network. The attacker might be a rogue employee or vendor who is authorized to access to your network, or an attacker that gets past your external security and accesses to your internal network.


An external penetration test simulates your organization being targeted over the internet, from anywhere, by anyone in the world. An external attacker may specifically target your organization, or because it runs a particular technology or uses a certain systems configuration.


Penetration testing is one of the most effective forms of security testing because it validates the controls responsible for protecting your network. It will help your organization:

  • Determine the effectiveness of your security controls.
  • Identify weaknesses in those controls.
  • Demonstrate the impact of those weaknesses.

A penetration test reviews both the people and technology aspects of your security program. It evaluates whether firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and other controls are effective and configured correctly to prevent unauthorized access to your systems. The testing also verifies whether all necessary security patches have been applied, as well as whether your IT staff can detect an attack and respond appropriately.

One important value of a penetration test is its ability to demonstrate the potential consequences of any security vulnerabilities. Executives and managers sometimes overlook reports from IT auditors or staff that indicate the damage potential of a malicious attack. The results of a penetration test, however, capture their attention by showcasing how attackers can get into your systems and what they can do there, for instance, taking control of a financial server or stealing sensitive information. This takes security concerns out of the hypothetical level into practical reality.


Our penetration tests are scaled to meet the needs of your business. Sikich offers an array of critical testing components that can be included as part of a comprehensive penetration test or conducted as stand-alone services.

Our Methodology


The proven, flexible methodology used by Sikich provides high-value testing without sacrificing the performance or availability of your systems. Testing comprises several phases:

  • Reconnaissance and discovery
  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Attack and penetration

We know that, first and foremost, you have a business to run. We test your systems with minimal risk and disruption to your business operations, while uncovering vulnerabilities that could benefit an attacker.


Penetration testing helps you understand and act on the results. We write our reports to meet the needs of your IT department, internal and external auditors, and examiners. We clearly describe the scope of the testing and our methodology, detail test results, and provide recommendations.


In the IT industry, nearly 20 new vulnerabilities caused by a variety of maliciously used or compromised technologies are discovered every day. A network infrastructure test tells you how well your network can prevent intrusions.

In addition to our proprietary vulnerability scanning, we perform custom testing to uncover potential liabilities in your network. We test your network devices, segmentation, servers, and workstations. This testing goes above and beyond vulnerability scanning. If we identify possible areas of attack, a trained consultant attempts to exploit these vulnerabilities.


Physical controls include security guards, locks, cages, and video surveillance. These controls are usually highly visible and can be effective, but are often not included in security reviews.

Sikich simulates the steps a real attacker might take when trying to breach your environment. We’ll use multiple methods, including impersonation, shoulder surfing, and even dumpster diving. We then work with the results of this testing to shore up your defenses.


Software systems are essential for operating your business. They contain a wealth of data, which exposes them to significant risk. Online and other applications in many companies suffer sophisticated and successful attacks.

Testing and securing applications is a complex task and requires specialized knowledge. In addition to commercial and custom-developed tools, Sikich uses manual inspection methods to discover application vulnerabilities.

Through web application testing, we help you uncover weaknesses, including those in the Open Web Application Security Project’s Top 10 Web Application Security Risks, that target your data and systems as well as those that are directed at your customers and their web browsers.


Attackers may manipulate your employees to gain sensitive information. This is one of the most effective attack methods, rendering many technical and administrative controls useless.

Our security consultants perform several types of social engineering in an attempt to gain sensitive information, including pretend telephone calls and phishing emails. Our testing is designed to uncover threats to your organization resulting from information disclosure, employee misuse, and ineffective management of user credentials.