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“3C Payment has worked together with Advantio for almost 10 years. In that time, Advantio has successfully delivered on 3C’s growth in PCI DSS, P2PE and cyber security. Additionally, 3C has supported Advantio in their path to offer elite PCI & security consultancy. We are happy to continue our collaboration with Advantio's team, as they provide us with a professional, comprehensive service.”

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What Is Penetration Testing and Why Do You Need It?

  • In-depth evaluation of your organization's information security posture

  • Identifying areas of weaknesses in your IT environment

  • Uncover critical vulnerabilities in your system components

A penetration test imitates the action of an external and internal cyber attacker that aims to breach the security of your organization while using available attack vectors to compromise sensitive information. Using variously automated or manual reconnaissance and exploitation tools and techniques, the penetration tester attempts to identify and safely exploit weaknesses in people, technology, and processes to gain access to sensitive data.

Tactical Recommendations on Penetration Testing

1 Level of Awareness

Many organizations do not consider protecting their data from cyber-attacks as they often lack sufficient resources to defend themselves.

Types of penetration testing – Black, Grey, and White:

  • Black box penetration testers rely on dynamic analysis of currently running programs and systems within the target network
  • Grey box penetration testers provide a more focused and efficient assessment of a network’s security than a black-box assessment
  • White box penetration testers can perform static code analysis, making familiarity with source code analyzers, debuggers, and similar tools crucial for this type of testing

2 Testing Vectors

Identifying input vectors and checking attack results are sometimes incomplete. It can cause parts of the organizational component to be untested and leave vulnerabilities undiscovered.

Types of input vectors – External and Internal:

  • External vector aims to assess your organization’s network vulnerabilities
  • Identifies security issues in servers, hosts, devices, and network services
  • Internal vector network assesses the vulnerabilities that exist for systems that are accessible to authorized login IDs within the network

3 Target System

The level of intrusion derives from the testing your organization wishes to explore on the target system. Our experts are fully equipped and aware of the most relevant type of test for you.

Types of target – Infrastructure, Application – web & mobile, Social engineering:

  • An infrastructure pen-testing is a method of evaluating the security of your computing networks, infrastructure and application weaknesses by simulating a malicious attack
  • An application pen-testing can help you gain insight into the potential damage and business risk an attacker could inflict should they compromise your web & mobile infrastructure
  • Social engineering pen-testing is the attempt to gain information, access, or introduce unauthorized software into the environment through the manipulation of end-users

Payzone-Advantio Case Study

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Pen Testing and other services

Advantio’s dedicated penetration testing team has provided Payzone with a full report containing a list of any mitigations needed with multi-year expert consultancy and technical support.


By the numbers Numbers icon

  • 418 Combined years experience
  • 93%
    retention rate
  • 201 Certifications issued
    to clients in 2021
  • 242 Projects
    On Time & On Budget
    in 2021
  • 192 Penetration tests
    in 2021