Penetration Testing in Chicago

What Is a Penetration Test?

A pen test is a measure of the operational effectiveness of security controls. Penetration testing demonstrates what a malicious individual could accomplish such as unauthorized network access or fraudulant fund transfers through phishing, ransomware, and other attack methods.

Performed under controlled conditions, penetration testing (or pen testing) identifies vulnerabilities that can be leveraged by an attacker and provides detailed recommendations for countermeasures to prevent actual exploitation of identified vulnerabilities. 

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Do You Know If Your Systems Are Secure?

Penetration testing services demonstrate what a hacker or bad actor could accomplish while simultaneously measuring the effectiveness of existing security controls. It is best practice to assess if your network security protects your data and systems.

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Reasons for Conducting Penetration Testing

  • Baseline external and internal pen testing to validate the effectiveness of security controls
  • Recurring testing programs to minimize zero-day threats
  • PCI DSS 11.3 and 6.6 specific testing to be compliant with PCI DSS
  • Penetration tests to support risk assessments (including NIST 800-30 and ISO 27005)
  • Penetration testing as part of a deployment cycle for new infrastructure or applications
  • Penetration testing as part of due diligence for company acquisitions and third-party agreements
  • Change in work environment – such as teams now working remotely vs. in the office
  • M&A or consolidation of organizations – assess the security controls and risk of other entities in the agreement
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How Often Should You Perform Pen Testing?

Typically testing is performed on a quarterly basis, continuously assessing various components of the infrastructure and applications to narrow the window for zero-day vulnerabilities and minimize exposure to known vulnerabilities.

HALOCK also offers a variety of ongoing, annual, semi-annual and single-point-in-time pen testing services to meet your compliance and security improvement needs and schedule.

Consider a Recurring Penetration Testing program or to assess your safeguards throughout the year for a proactive security approach.

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Why should HALOCK perform your penetration test?

HALOCK is your community pen testing and cyber security firm in Chicago that has the experience. For over two decades, HALOCK has conducted thousands of successful penetration tests for companies of all sizes, across all industries.

HALOCK’s dedicated penetration testing team is highly qualified, possess advanced certifications, and are equipped with the labs, penetration testing tools, and methodologies necessary to consistently deliver quality, accurate, detailed, and meaningful results.

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As a top-tier pen testing company, HALOCK leverages industry standard methodologies to ensure a thorough and comprehensive test is conducted under safe and controlled conditions. Our goal is to provide valuable and meaningful results of your test that fits your budget – security that is based upon long-term benefit vs. pen test cost. HALOCK’s reports are content rich, regularly stand the scrutiny of regulatory requirements, exceed expectations of auditors, and frequently receive the praise of our customers. HALOCK does not simply validate automated scans. HALOCK’s expert pen testing services team discovers vulnerabilities not yet published and often not yet discovered. Exploits are pursued, documented step by step, with screen capture walkthroughs, to provide both the technical and visual clarity necessary to ensure corrective actions can be prioritized and remediation is effective.


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“The project team was very professional and communicated/explained their reasonings/methods well.”

– Manufacturing & Distribution company


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What deliverables do HALOCK’s penetration tests provide?

The complete results of the penetration test are documented in our comprehensive HALOCK Penetration Test Report which include summary of findings, detailed findings, test timeline, scope and methodology, and supplemental content are included for context and reference.

The full perspective at the test and results is outlined in Detailed Findings, which documents and explains each vulnerability, its impact, evidence, instances observed, and recommendations for remediation. Exploits are visually documented step by step to demonstrate impact and ensure a complete understanding of how the exploit is performed. Penetration testing result samples are available upon request.

HALOCK, a trusted cyber security company headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, near Chicago, advises clients on reasonable information security strategies, risk assessments, third-party risk management (TPRM)penetration testingsecurity management, architecture reviews, incident response, and HIPAA, Privacy, CMMC, & PCI compliance throughout the US.

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