Penetration Testing Compliance


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What is IT penetration TESTING?

Penetration Testing (PT) is a simulated real-world attack against a business’s IT infrastructure or application. A penetration test (pentest) identifies vulnerabilities which are then exploited, and this is used by businesses to improve their cyber attack prevention strategies.

Why is IT penetration testing important?

Penetration tests provide an excellent view of the current security status of an organisation. The result of the penetration test helps business owners gain a better understanding of their levels of exposure, identify weaknesses in their IT systems and provide details for rectifying vulnerabilities which surface from pen testing. By carrying out network / application penetration testing, you make yourself much less vulnerable to malicious hacker attacks which could cripple your business and cause costly downtime.


Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) services help evaluate the security's existing status, identify the exact flaws, and advise a remedial action plan to safeguard the system. Cyber Security Penetration testing (PT) tests IT systems and security measures to detect potential external and internal vulnerabilities and threats.

The company is advised to conduct penetration testing whenever the team:

  • Adds/upgrades new network infrastructure
  • Installs new applications
  • Upgrades applications
  • Adds new security patches
  • Changes the end-user policies

By addressing these security flaws, you can ensure the best possible protection. Continuous testing ensures that the vulnerabilities within the system are exposed. The revalidation procedure ensures the closure of the identified vulnerabilities.

TÜV SÜD offers IT penetration testing services that provide a detailed risk assessment report with necessary risk mitigation measures based on the results. Our penetration testing solution enables companies to discover system weaknesses before hackers. This way, businesses can mitigate potential risks to the company's IT system and avoid costly breaches.


We have listed a combination of commercial and open-source penetration testing tools to help you execute web application, database, and network tests to ensure penetration testing compliance.

Commercial Tools (Indicative List)

  • Nipper Studio: Security Audit Tool
  • Burp Suite Pro: Web Vulnerability Scanner & Interceptor
  • Nessus: Network Vulnerability Scanner
  • Core Impact: Vulnerability Exploitation Tool
  • Accunetix: Web Application Scanner
  • Checkmarx SAST: Secure Code Review Tool
  • HP Fortify: SAST Tool/Secure Code Review Tool

Open Source Tools

  • Nmap - Port Scanning, Fingerprinting
  • Kali Linux Tools for OS for PTSonarqube – Secure Code Review tool

TÜV SÜD is a globally trusted INFORMATION SECURITY penetration testing provider

As experts in IT security and data protection, TÜV SÜD can carry out penetration testing to the very highest standards. Our teams of cyber security penetration test stay up to date with all the latest cybersecurity breaches and hacking techniques and can therefore help you keep your systems future-proof. Our pentest expertise covers all business IT systems from major technology providers.


TUV SUD adheres to pen testing guides, methodologies, and frameworks, prescribed by NIST and CIS along with Penetration Testing Execution Standards (PTES) provided by OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project). 

Our pen testing solutions are also intended to help organisations prevent the software errors described in SANS top 25. We provide penetration testing audits and penetration testing solutions compliant with international standards.

According to PTES, information security penetration testing is divided into seven phases or stages, which are as follows.

  • Pre-engagement interactions
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Threat modelling
  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Exploitation
  • Post exploitation
  • Reporting

TÜV SÜD’s pentest services

We work with you to conduct a comprehensive, real-world penetration test. On completion of the simulated cyber security breach, you receive:

  • Detailed report including risk assessment – Our experienced cyber security penetration test experts will provide detailed documentation of the outcome of the pen testing and assess the risks of identified vulnerabilities.
  • Suggestions for network security improvements – By performing penetration testing, TÜV SÜD's experts not only expose security gaps, they also advise companies on how to close them.
  • Verification of the effectiveness of implemented actions/improvements – Companies have the opportunity to verify the success and effectiveness of their corrective actions in a follow-up session for the pentest services 
  • In-depth penetration testing assessment – TÜV SÜD can tailor a unique programme to suit your organisation’s needs. We can provide penetration tests on a regular basis spanning different areas with differing requirements to ensure the overall security of your business.
  • Related certifications – The improved IT infrastructure as a result of the penetration test can work in conjunction with other cyber security industry standards. TÜV SÜD is a one-stop provider for your other certification needs and services including ISO 27000 and Payment Card Industry compliance.




  • What are the stages of pen testing?

    Pen testing helps proactively identify exploitable security gaps or weaknesses. It is a comprehensive process that involves the following stages: 

    • Planning and preparation
    • Discovery
    • Penetration attempt and exploitation
    • Analysis and reporting
    • Clean-up and remediation
    • Retest
  • What Should You Do After a Pen Test?

    Some of the steps to take after the result of a pen test include,

    • Understanding the result, discussing it, and analysing the security posture
    • Formulate a future plan and revisiting the overall security posture
    • Communicate the results to the higher management with a plan of action
    • Implement corrective measures based on the pen testing findings
  • What are the different types of pen testing?

    Pen testing covers every corner of your digital network. The various types of pen testing that correspond to threats in different sections include,

    • Cloud Security Tests
    • Web Application Tests
    • Network Security Tests
    • Social Engineering
    • IoT Security Tests
    • Mobile Application Testing

    Above Pen tests can be executed through methodologies such as Black Box PT (without credentials), Grey Box PT (with credentials), or White Box PT (Code Review)


  • How Often Should You Pen Test?

    Although there is no standard periodicity defined to perform a pen test, at least once a year to start with is best. Sectors like banking & financial services should conduct pen tests quarterly or advised by the regulatory bodies operating in the specific region / industry or as per requirements of our client’s customers.


  • How are exploits used in pen testing?

    Often, exploits are either already written anonymously by attackers on the internet or written newly by some attacker while finding vulnerabilities and trying to trespass on a system. However, these exploits can benefit penetration testers, as they can use them while pen testing a system and determine how attackers would try and leverage a particular vulnerability in real-time. In other words, pen testers would know how a particular vulnerability would look to a bad actor and how the attacker would try to leverage it.


  • How does pen testing help with compliance?

    Pen testing deep dives into the system to identify exploitable weaknesses that may result in incidents that lead to non-compliance. It points out weaknesses, paving the way to corrective measures that enable you to ensure compliance with the various tests and standards required by global organisations.

    For instance, one of the external tests prescribed by PCI DSS Requirement 11.3 is the web application layer pen test. The test helps identify gaps such as cross-site scripting (XSS). Another example is that of ISO 27001, which is regulatory compliance required by the central bank of a particular country. Pen testing helps you stay compliant with these requirements.



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