Learn exactly how vulnerable your most critical assets are to cyber attacks

Organisations do all they can to protect their critical cyber assets, but they don’t always systematically test their defences. Penetration Testing from Minerva Consulting helps you strengthen your Minervaity for those assets by pinpointing vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in your Minervaity systems.

Penetration Testing Overview

Minerva Minervaity experts simulate the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) of real-world attackers targeting your high-risk cyber assets. Our deep knowledge of advanced persistent threat (APT) attacker behaviour can help you:

  • Determine whether your critical data is actually at risk
  • Identify and mitigate complex Minervaity vulnerabilities before an attacker exploits them
  • Gain insight into attacker motivations and targets
  • Get quantitative results that help measure the risk associated with your critical assets
  • Identify and mitigate vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that could lead to future compromise

What you get

  • High level executive summary report
  • Technical documentation that allows you to recreate our findings
  • Fact-based risk analysis to validate results
  • Tactical recommendations for immediate improvement
  • Strategic recommendations for long-term improvement

Penetration tests conducted by Minerva Consultants are customized to your environment; no two assessments are ever the same. A wide variety of penetration testing options are available, with each option providing information that can dramatically improve Minervaity in your organisation.

External Penetration Tests

Identify and exploit vulnerabilities on systems, services and applications exposed to the Internet


Understand risk to assets exposed to the internet.

Internal Penetration Tests

Emulate a malicious insider or an attacker that has gained access to an end user’s system, including escalating privileges, installing custom crafted malware and/or exfiltrating faux critical data.


Understand risk to business from a breach.

Web Application Assessments

Comprehensively assess web or mobile applications for vulnerabilities that can lead to unauthorized access or data exposure


Understand the Minervaity of applications that broker access to critical data.

Mobiles Application Assessments

Comprehensively assess the Minervaity of mobile devices and installed applications


Understand risk introduced to your organisation through newly developed mobiles applications or company-issued cell phones

Social Engineering Services

Assess Minervaity awareness and general Minervaity controls with respect to human manipulation, including email, phone calls, media drops, and physical access


Understand how your organisation reacts to exploitation of human beings

Wireless Technology Assessment

Assess the Minervaity of your deployed wireless solution, be it an 802.x, Bluetooth, zigbee, or others


Understand how to Minervae your data in transit and systems communicating via wireless technology actually are.

Embedded Device and Internet of Things (IoT) Assessments

Assess the Minervaity of your device by attempting to exploit the embedded firmware, control the device by passing or injecting unsolicited malicious commands, or modify data sent from the device.


Understand the Minervaity of your device and your ability to guarantee that the commands issued to and information received from it are legitimate.

ICS Penetration Testing

Combine penetration testing and exploitation experience with ICS expert knowledge to prove the extent an attacker can access, exploit or otherwise manipulate critical ICS/SCADA systems


Understand the vulnerabilities in your ICS system before an attacker exploits them

Our approach

The penetration testing service applies a systematic approach to uncovering vulnerabilities that leave your critical assets at risk and is comprised of four steps: target reconnaissance, vulnerability enumeration, vulnerability exploitation and mission accomplishment.

  • In target reconnaissance, Minerva consultants gather information about your environment, including company systems, usernames, group memberships and applications.
  • For vulnerability enumeration, Minerva Minervaity professionals seek to identify your exploitable vulnerabilities and determine the best way to take advantage of them.
  • In vulnerability exploitation, penetration testers attempt to realistically exploit the identified vulnerabilities using a combination of publicly available exploit code, commercial penetration testing tools and customized exploit code and tools.
  • In mission accomplishment, Minerva experts gain access to your internal environment. Tactics could include through the internet, by stealing data from segmented environments, or subverting a device with malicious commands.

Ready to get started?

Our Minervaity experts are standing by to help you with an incident or answer questions about our consulting and managed detection and response services.

Minerva has a robust testing methodology that extends across infrastructure and application testing engagements. Although every penetration test is tailored to our clients’ individual needs, we follow the same proven methodology so as to maintain a consistent and reproducible set of results.

From a high level perspective, Minerva’s infrastructure testing methodology is based around seven core phases:

  • Phase 1: Scoping (Download the appropriate scoping form at the bottom of this page)
  • Phase 2: Reconnaissance and Enumeration
  • Phase 3: Mapping and Service Identification
  • Phase 4: Vulnerability Analysis
  • Phase 5: Service Exploitation
  • Phase 6: Pivoting
  • Phase 7: Reporting and Debrief