We are a leading penetration testing services provider in Ireland.

Penetration Testing, or a pen test, “is a method of evaluating the security of a system or network by simulating an attack from malicious outsiders (who do not have an authorized means of accessing the organization’s systems) and malicious insiders (who have some level of authorized access).” The process involves an active analysis of the system for any potential vulnerabilities that could result from poor or improper system configuration, both known and unknown hardware or software flaws, or operational weaknesses in process or technical countermeasures.

At CommSec this analysis is carried out from the position of a potential attacker by our Security consultants and can involve active exploitation of security vulnerabilities with a view to improving the security of your system or network. We can provide this service on its own or as part of our Security Assessment and Audit service. Security issues uncovered through the penetration test are presented to the system’s owner. Effective penetration tests will couple this information with an accurate assessment of the potential impacts to the organization and outline a range of technical and procedural countermeasures to reduce risks.

Why do a Pen test?

  • Determine the feasibility of a particular set of attack vectors
  • Identify higher-risk vulnerabilities that result from a combination of lower-risk vulnerabilities exploited in a particular sequence
  • Identify vulnerabilities that may be difficult or impossible to detect with automated network or application vulnerability scanning software
  • Assess the magnitude of potential business and operational impacts of successful attacks
  • Test the ability of network defenders to successfully detect and respond to the attacks
  • Provide evidence to support increased investments in security personnel and technology

Most businesses;

  • Lack the in-house capabilities required to keep pace with changing business demands.
  • Compliance mandates, and emerging threats for strategic implementation of new IT security solutions.
  • Don’t have the capabilities to effectively monitor and manage the security infrastructure to ensure optimal utilization of current assets.
  • In-house IT staff spend far too much time on day-to-day operational security issues versus new strategic projects.
  • ACTIVE not REACTIVE: Depend on IT security tools and processes that provide a reactive, rather than proactive, approach to mitigating risk and minimizing data loss and downtime.

A secure code review can identify and verify security issues that were overseen in the development stage.

Our secure code review looks at the vectors that an attacker might leverage to conduct an exploit against your application.

As more applications move to the Cloud and the deployment process of applications speed up, many vulnerabilities may exist inside your code.

An undiscovered vulnerability may be present and could lead to an attacker injecting their own code or gaining unauthorised access to harvest and steal sensitive data. This may impact your business from legal fines imposed by GDPR penalties or loss of revenue through brand damage.

Our Security Testers use the following methodology to conduct each code review:

Preparation & Threat Modelling

Our expert security testers identify all vectors of the application and create threat models to determine entry points an attacker might use to exploit vulnerabilities.

Code Analysis

Code analysis is performed by our security testers both static and dynamically.


Our reports contain an executive summary of the findings and detail descriptions of each vulnerability.

Findings & Remediation Details

Our security testers can provide remediation steps and advice.

“I just wanted to thank you and your team for the very professional job you did for us on the recent PEN test we look forward to working with you again in the future”.

Rory Hopkins, Head of IT / Kildare County Council

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