What is a Penetration Test?

Top-tier security experts to identify existing security weaknesses

Penetration testing helps to uncover architectural and conceptual issues through emulated, real-world attacks. Our team of ethical hackers works to gather information about systems, applications, and assets to identify gaps that would allow attackers to enter. Ultimately, this information will be presented back to you—allowing you to fix those weaknesses before the same thing is uncovered by a true adversary.

External Pen Testing

Exposing vulnerabilities in your internet-facing systems, networks, firewalls, devices, and/or web applications that could lead to unauthorized access

Internal Pen Testing

Validating the effort required for an attacker to overcome and exploit your internal security infrastructure after access is gained.

Red Teaming

Real-world simulation utilizing a mix of social engineering and external and internal network-level testing.

Vulnerability Scanning

Regular scans help identify the vulnerabilities that allow attackers to infiltrate and own your network. Our security experts will help your organization locate these vulnerabilities and recommend the best course of action to address them.

Our Unique Approach

Penetration Testing Methodology

Intelligence Gathering

Using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) techniques to gather sensitive information that could be used to enhance attacks.

Threat Modeling

Gather relevant documentation, identify and categorize primary and secondary assets, identify and categorize threats and threat communities, and map threat communities against primary and secondary assets.

Vulnerability Analysis

Vulnerability testing is the process of discovering flaws in systems and applications which can be leveraged by an attacker. These flaws can range anywhere from host and service misconfiguration, or insecure application design.


Obtaining access through vulnerabilities, configuration errors, or social engineering.


The value of the machine is determined by the sensitivity of the data stored on it and the machine’s usefulness in further compromising the network.


Communicate the objectives, methods, and results of the testing conducted.

“Secure Shield has exceeded our expectations in understanding our organization inside and out to provide us with trustworthy cyber security solution and advice within our means. They have our best interests in mind, acting as a business partner, not a vendor.”

Determine the best fit for your organization

What is the differences between vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and red teaming?

What is a Vulnerability Scan
  • Fully Automated
  • Discover Vulnerabilities
  • Check if Controls Exist
  • Preventative Control Focus
  • Noisy & Obvious
  • For Low-to-Moderate Program Maturity
What is Penetration Testing
  • Human Interaction and Analysis
  • Discover & Exploit Vulnerabilities
  • Analyze Usage & Effectiveness of Controls
  • Preventative Control Focus
  • Noisy & Obvious
  • For Moderate-to-Mature Security Programs
What is Red Teaming
  • Human Interaction and Analysis
  • Exploit Vulnerabilities and Gain Access
  • Analyze Usage & Effectiveness of Controls
  • Detective & Reactive Control Focus
  • Stealthy & Evasive
  • For Mature Security Programs

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