Identifying weaknesses and vulnerabilities in your cyber security systems and architecture is an essential step to improving and strengthening your defences. Penetration or pen testing is an essential and powerful tool in this process and can help you to clearly understand how malicious attackers may gain access to your systems.
At Neptune Cyber, we offer maritime penetration testing services to help you identify core weaknesses in your cyber security design and improve your ability to prevent and react to malicious access attempts.
Penetration testing is one of the most fundamental elements of the cyber security toolbox. Put simply, penetration testing is the process of attempting to gain access to your systems using the same methods that a malicious attacker would use. This allows a clear understanding to be developed of the real-world vulnerabilities and areas of weakness that are present in a system.
Penetration testing will usually use two clearly defined approaches:
These two approaches allow penetration testing to evaluate the internal security processes while also stress testing the system for random or blind exterior access attempts.
Penetration testing should be completed regularly to evaluate new or updated systems, while looking for newly identified vulnerabilities in previously tested systems. Due to the complexity of maritime operations, penetration testing should also be completed on a vessel by vessel basis, as well as at an operational level.
Penetration testing puts your cyber security architecture through real world scenarios and strains, allowing for weaknesses which may have been overlooked in the design process to be identified. This method of testing can also identify alternative vectors for a cyber security incident to take place, allowing you to shore up your defences before a real incident takes place.
Maritime penetration testing is fundamentally no different from general cyber security penetration testing, but it will take into account the unique requirements and circumstances of maritime operations. This ensures that both onboard and onshore systems and procedures will be fully tested.
Neptune Cyber offers maritime penetration testing as part of our broader cyber security services, which provide you with an easy to understand, no-nonsense breakdown of the risks, opportunities and areas for improvement in your maritime cyber security setup.