Penetration Testing

Identify where your security program needs improvement by safely assessing it from the perspective of an adversary.

What is penetration testing?

A penetration test is a simulation of exploitive techniques used to identify security gaps inside or outside of your network from the perspective of an attacker. An attacker may be opportunistic, determined, or advanced with a varying degree of intent. Penetration testing applies those same techniques to discover security gaps in your information systems, personnel, and business processes before attackers do.

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The differentiator…

Intelligence-driven penetration testing. There are a number of methodologies, tools, and tactics used to assess the effectiveness of your security program. The problem is when that testing becomes conventional it then provides less and less value. Cursive’s intelligence-led penetration testing employs the same tools, tactics, and procedures actively being used by cyber adversaries as they pertain to your business.

The value of intelligence cannot be disregarded. Every business is different. Every business operates differently, and not all threats are created equal. Using an intelligence-driven approach prioritizes what puts you most at risk. Not what is most at risk for everyone else.

The benefits of a penetration test conducted by Cursive Security

Risk Awareness

The results of your penetration test will arm you with the knowledge and insight to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.


Rest assured that product initiatives, deployment of new systems, and changes to your critical applications maintain the level of security that you require.


Penetration testing is a requirement in order to maintain compliance with standards such as SOC 2 and PCI DSS.

Be Informed

A penetration test will help you forecast budgetary spending for future plans and changes to improve your security program.

Red Team Assessment

Assess the effectiveness of your security procedures, countermeasures, and ability to react when a cyber-attack occurs.

Meet the Red Team

The red team assumes the role of a cyber-adversary with the intent of testing the detection and response capabilities of your organization.  They discover and exploit vulnerabilities that help them achieve their mission and go unnoticed.

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This sounds like a penetration test…

It’s not.  There are two ways to approach security… being proactive or being reactive.  A penetration test is a proactive assessment designed to discover security gaps.  No one wants to be reactive.  The reality is that cyber-attacks do occur, and when they do, you need to be certain that you are capable of reacting by having procedures that work and by having effective countermeasures in place.

Red team exercises are goal oriented whereas penetration testing is based on discovery of many vulnerabilities that can be exploited and leveraged by an attacker.

Can your security team detect data being exfiltrated from your network?  How long will it take to discover the presence of a back door?  Will they find only one?

The benefits of conducting a Red Team Assessment

Be Prepared

Determine what components of your program are effective. Training is also a part of preparation. A red team assessment will help identify key skills that need improvement.


It’s not only about detecting a threat. It’s also about withstanding an attack. Red team exercises are designed to assess your ability to deny an attacker access.

Enhanced Capabilities

Whether it is proper instrumentation, insufficient resources, or a matter of testing new tools and techniques, a red team assessment will identify areas of your responsive capabilities that need improvement.


The results of the assessment will arm you with the information that you need to make necessary changes to your program, staffing, and technical requirements.

Application Security

Ensure that the applications you develop represent the highest standard of practice, keep your data safe, and don’t put your customers at risk.

Application security is one of the most critical security barriers.

Highly visible web and mobile applications are often the first place an attacker will look to gain a foothold in your environment and to extract information.  They contain valuable data and utilize other resources within your organization to provide the content and functionality you intend for your users.  For the same reasons, this makes them an attractive target for cybercriminals.

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Assessing Application Security

As part of your development lifecycle, an application security assessment will investigate all components of the software you develop and the underlying technologies.  It begins with a thorough analysis of the application and a comprehensive threat model; a logical mapping of all possible avenues for attack.  Testing explores all possible avenues of attack to ensure that your application can be deployed securely and with confidence.

Cursive puts a human behind the wheel.  Many web application assessments are highly automated.  They produce a high volume of false positives, and overlook application behavior that an expert security analyst would find.  Our findings are validated and our consultants will work with your development staff to make sure that no stone is left unturned and that the results of your assessment are accurate.

Why conduct an application security assessment?

Data Protection

Your applications are a gateway to your most valuable asset… your data. Assessing the security of your web and mobile applications will identify security gaps that put that data at risk.

Due Care

An insecure application could result in your customers being compromised. This could cost your customers time, money, and force them to find an alternative solution.

Brand and Reputation

Your products and services are a representation of you as a company. Taking the proper measures to secure those products and services reduces the risk of a security incident that will change customer perception of your brand.

Risk Mitigation

Assessing the security of an application should be part of your software development life cycle. It demonstrates your commitment to protecting your users as well as your brand by proactively identifying risks.

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