Penetration Testing

Are Your Systems Secure? How Do You Continually Verify Your Controls are Effective?

What Is a Penetration Test?

A measure of the operational effectiveness of security controls, penetration testing demonstrates what a malicious individual could accomplish. Performed under controlled conditions, penetration testing — also called pen testing — identifies vulnerabilities that can be leveraged by an attacker to gain access, and provides detailed recommendations to proactively implement countermeasures to prevent real world exploitation of identified vulnerabilities.  Penetration testing services demonstrate what a malicious individual could accomplish while simultaneously measuring the effectiveness of existing security controls.  HALOCK’s qualified team of pen testing services has extensive experience in application development, network engineering, risk management and compliance management. Our recommendations are qualified, accurate and tailored to the needs of your organization. Our detailed and thorough planning and testing methodology ensures that security pen testing is conducted in a way that minimizes the risk of disruption to your environment. And finally, our pen tests are comprehensive and include exhaustive exploitation attempts, eliminating false positives and ensuring that results are accurate.

Reasons for Conducting Penetration Testing



  • 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




How Often Should You Perform Pen Testing?

Testing is typically 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 annual, semi-annual and single-point-in-time pen testing services to meet your compliance and security improvement needs. Consider a Recurring Penetration Testing program  to assess your safeguards throughout the year for a proactive security approach.

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Why should HALOCK perform your penetration test?

HALOCK 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, tools, and methodologies necessary to consistently deliver quality, accurate, detailed, and meaningful results.  Value of a Pen Test


  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.


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

– Manufacturing & Distribution company


What deliverables do HALOCK’s penetration tests provide?

The complete results of the penetration test are documented in our content rich 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 comprehensive look 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.


“We were very satisfied with the delivery of services your team provided for us”

– Software development company


HALOCK, a trusted penetration testing company headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, near Chicago, advises clients on reasonable information security strategies, risk assessments and risk management, security architecture reviews, HIPAA, Privacy, & PCI compliance, CMMC Readiness, incident response readiness (IRR), threat hunting, and sensitive data management throughout the US.


Reasonable Security is Now Defined

The Sedona Conference – an influential think tank that advises attorneys, regulators, and judges on challenging technical matters – just released its Commentary on a Reasonable Security Test. The Commentary is the first document of its kind that provides the legal community with a clear definition of a “reasonable” security control.

HALOCK’s Chris Cronin was a co-author of Commentary on a Reasonable Security Test. To learn how to apply the test, contact us.


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