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Penetration Testing

Penetration testing allows you to see the gaps in your network. Regular testing will highlight areas for improvement and help lower your overall security risk.

In today's world, it's essential to proactively mitigate risk and enhance your visibility

What is penetration testing and why is it important?

Penetration testing (also known as pen testing) is a security practice whereby a cyber security expert attempts to find and exploit as many vulnerabilities in an environment. The purpose of such an exercise is to identify weak spots that an actual attacker could take advantage of, and gain valuable insight on how to improve and protect the tested environment. 

How can we help?

At Content Security, we mainly focus on internal and external infrastructure, wireless networks, as well as web and mobile applications. With a simple scoping call, we can assist you in selecting the right penetration test for you. Our penetration testing services will:

  • Improve your security posture;
  • Assist you with proactively mitigating cyber risk;
  • Enhance visibility of your environment; and
  • Assist you with complying to policies and legal obligations.
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Not all penetration testing is created equal

Our security consultants use a combination of manual and automated techniques to identify vulnerabilities. Once identified, the tester attempts to exploit the vulnerabilities to see what additional access, information and privileges can be gained. We don’t just give a best effort test or simply attempt to get in. Instead, we work to find all vulnerabilities and provide a full audit for potential security issues. This type of laser-like focus helps your organisation build a more resilient and impenetrable security posture.

The scope of our penetration tests


Our network penetration tests uncover and exploit vulnerabilities in your internal, external, mobile and wireless infrastructures. In simulation of an attack scenario, attempts will be made to compromise information assets.


Our testers identify security vulnerabilities in your web and mobile applications (or APIs) that could allow for the disclosure of sensitive information or the disruption of services by outside attackers.

Social Engineering

Our social engineering assessments cover phishing, vishing and USB drop campaigns. These types of tests are designed to simulate the psychological persuasion of your personnel and gauge their security awareness.


We identify which internal vulnerabilities are placing your organisation at risk. This includes looking at if your domain can be compromised, personal information can be breached, or the availability of systems and services.

What are some of the types of penetration tests do we do?

Listed below are just some of the test types we conduct. For a full list of the assessments and audits we do, please contact our security professionals

External Penetration Testing

We detect possible attack surfaces and identify security issues, misconfigurations, and vulnerabilities that a potential attacker could exploit from an internet-facing/external perspective.

Internal Penetration Testing

We identify vulnerabilities placing your organisation at risk, including those that may compromise your domain, allow for the breach of personal information or affect the availability of systems and services.

Web/Mobile Application Penetration Testing

We use a comprehensive testing methodology to identify security vulnerabilities from the OWASP Top 10, as well as security vulnerabilities that are specific to the targeted application.

Wireless Penetration Testing

We examine your authentication system and network access points to ensure that unauthorised access is prevented and that access points are securely configured against attacks.

Phishing Campaigns

These are social engineering tests designed to assess employees' levels of security awareness. Our testers identify staff members that cause increased security risk by sending out targeted phishing emails.

Vishing Campaigns

Vishing assessments are similar to phishing campaigns in that they identify and validate vulnerabilities associated with your personnel, however these tests are conducted via phone call.

Physical Penetration Testing

The purpose of this test is to replicate a real-world, physical attack as closely as possible. We conduct reconnaissance, infiltration, visual compromise, technological compromise and exfiltration.

Other Testing Services

We conduct other services, such as AWS and Azure configuration reviews, Windows Standard Operating Environment (SOE) audits, Citrix Virtual Applications and Desktop Penetration Testing and more.

What are the benefits of Penetration Tests?

Helps you manage and mitigate cyber-risks

Penetration testing allows organisations to find the cyber security risk they're up against and this is ideally fed back into their risk register and reported to the board.

Enhances visibility of your environments

Regular penetration tests provide visibility over security vulnerabilities and issues. It can even uncover additional, hidden information that technical staff don't realise about their systems.

Validates security measures against industry best practice

Penetration testing can validate the security controls of a third party or internal group to make sure they're properly protecting data and business processes. It can be used as part of a supplier audit or during due diligence in an acquisition.

Helps gain and maintain compliance with regulatory standards

PCI DSS, IRAP, the NIST cybersecurity framework, ISO27001 frameworks, and many other compliance standards require that you perform penetration testing.

Helps protect and preserve your organisation's reputation

Conducting regular penetration tests provides you, your clients and other stakeholders with confidence that you are proactively mitigating cyber risks and protecting their information.

Allows you to leverage Content Security's industry expertise

We independently verify your organisation's security posture and provide a report suitable for executive management. Our remediation recommendations may lead to the allocation of additional funds for the internal IT security team.

Why choose Content Security for Penetration Testing?

Our team is comprised of seasoned, skilled and business-minded security consultants with an average of 10 years experience. We have conducted penetration tests for over 800 clients Australia-wide, including state and local government, health, finance, education, non-profit and other organisations:

  • Excellent communication

Our expert consultants have honed excellent communication skills. We actively engage with clients through regular and consistent phone calls and emails, and report critical vulnerabilities as soon as they are found.

  • Flexible and accommodating

We know that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why we focus on specific client requirements and aim to meet all requests. You don’t have to accept just a stock standard test.

  • High quality reporting

Our reports are appropriate for both technical and non-technical audiences, and are commonly sent to the executive and board level. This means executive management can directly benefit from our reports.

  • Technical expertise

We place great emphasis on technical training and high quality testing. This includes formal training courses, certifications, quarterly presentation days, internal capture the flags and shadowing.

  • Targeted recommendations

We provide each client with customised, prioritised and actionable recommendations on how to fix each vulnerability identified. We ensure these are targeted to the system, so they can be followed without issue.

  • Ongoing support and consultancy

We do not simply provide a report and leave the client to deal with it on their own. Instead we offer ongoing support, with a debrief to make sure all issues are understood and retesting after remediation has occurred.

  • High-level findings

Our consultants address potential issues with processes that could have resulted in the identified vulnerabilities. This includes issues with change control, patch management, system configuration, network design, etc.

  • One point-of-contact for all cybersecurity needs

We can include additional services like Pentest Response, strategic roadmaps, configuration reviews, GRC gap analysis, and other complementary services.

For more information please contact our cybersecurity professionals today.