Penetration Testing

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Penetration testing / security assessments / security assurance

How do you find out what vulnerabilities exist within your environment today before cyber criminals do?

Penetration testing is conducted – a form of “point-in-time” testing where IT applications and infrastructure are assessed for weaknesses, misconfiguration or known vulnerabilities.

Penetration testing is used to assess the current security posture and provide insight on vulnerabilities that are not identified traditionally by other means. Organisations without a sufficient grasp of their vulnerabilities are unable to strategise or prioritise security resources effectively.

Businesses have varying vulnerabilities, especially when it comes to cyber security. Do you know yours?

In Australia, corporate directors now hold responsibility for cybersecurity in their businesses. Mandatory data breach disclosure laws are also now in place, with legislation set to tighten due the string of very public breaches. Businesses have collapsed within a day of being hacked. The consequences for not knowing your security posture could be dire.

Cythera will seek to understand your business and identify your key risks and can perform different types of penetration tests. See some examples below:

An assessment can include:

Cythera will assess your external perimeter and Internet facing assets to identify vulnerabilies that face your organisation.

Cythera will explore your internal network and see what vulnerabilities exist that could be enabled to someone with inside access.

A focused penetration test on a singular web application or API. Often conducted as a pre-requisite for new websites going live or assessing previously unassessed applications.

Download our Pen Testing Checklist

At Cythera our team of in-house cybersecurity professionals has devised a comprehensive ‘Pen Testing Checklist’ for Australian organisations. This checklist covers:

  • Testing criteria;
  • Recommended approaches;
  • Industry guidelines; and
  • Tips to get the most out of your upcoming test.

Download our complimentary guide today and ensure advanced security protection.

Interested in delving even deeper?

We understand that every organisation is unique, and your cybersecurity requirements may vary.

To ensure our approach aligns with your specific needs, we invite you to book a complimentary Pen Testing Scoping Session. We’ll explore your current security landscape and unique organisational needs while developing a customised testing approach that aligns with your business objectives and risk tolerance.

Detect & ASSESS

7 steps of a penetration test, as defined by the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES)


Pre-engagement Interactions


Intelligence gathering


Threat Modeling


Vulnerability Analysis




Post Exploitation



What is a Penetration Test?

A penetration test is designed to test the security controls of your IT assets in a similar fashion to what a hacker or cybercriminal would.

Using a structured approach, Cythera are able to identify vulnerabilities in your environment and potentially exploit them to demonstrate the seveirity of the issue. Cythera then provide input into how you may remediate these same vulnerabilities found.

How much does a Penetration Test cost?

This is an extremely subjective question with no easy answer, as it is dependent upon the scope of the test. However, cost constraints are a common consideration we face daily when scoping a penetration test. There are several ways in which we can address these concerns.

To get a greater understanding of costs please contact the Cythera team for an obligation-free chat.


Enquire about our Penetration Test services

Been hacked, compromised or looking for cyber protection? Looking for a smarter way to consume cyber security and ensure your business is always protected?

Let’s discuss how Cythera can deliver next-generation cyber security solutions to your business as a managed service for a low monthly cost.