A penetration test is a real-world evaluation of the network, software and/or security controls in an environment. It can show how an attacker would gain access to a network or sensitive systems, exfiltrate data, or deploy ransomware.

Penetration tests can be one of the most useful activities to fully understand security weaknesses and reveal unconventional flaws that may go undetected by automated scanning tools.

Our ethical hackers will use the same tools and techniques as a cybercriminal to evaluate your infrastructure’s defenses. Vancord engineers utilize a combination of penetration testing methodologies including the Information Systems Security Assessment Framework and the OWASP Penetration Testing Framework.

When should you conduct a penetration test?

Penetration testing can be a powerful weapon against cybercrime in your security arsenal and can show you how an attack might impact your business. Vancord would recommend penetration testing for organizations that have completed some cyber security fundamentals or those who have requirements to do so.

You should pursue a penetration test when:

  • Cybersecurity controls are mature and need a thorough evaluation
  • You want to identify exploitable vulnerabilities in a critical infrastructure
  • You need to satisfy compliance requirements
  • You’ve significantly changed your organization’s IT infrastructure and operations

What You Get From a Vancord Penetration Test


  • Identify where infrastructure could use strengthening
  • Prioritize remediation based on how crucial the operation is
  • Meet compliance requirements
  • Reduce the likelihood of an attack
  • Protect business continuity

Whether you are looking to test a single application or an entire data center, Vancord will provide you with the same high-quality reports and immediately actionable feedback.


  • Immediate notification of any critical security gap discovered. We won’t wait for a report if we discover something that places a client at risk.
  • Security guidance and documentation
  • Remediation and prioritization recommendations
  • Detailed technical report
  • Attack methodologies summary

The key to protecting an organization against cybercrime is to be Incident Resilient. And preparation testing is one critical aspect of your defense against cyber threats. Learn more about our Penetration Testing services today. Request a meeting with our security experts.


What Our Clients Are Saying

Daniel Saroff
CPCS Public Counselors of Massachusetts

"You want Vancord in the fox hole with you if you ever have a breach or other security incident. Vancord’s support and availability throughout the entire response were phenomenal and its follow-up activities to ensure we were incident resilient going forward allows me to sleep well at night."

Dave Baird
CIO - Wesleyan University

"Vancord understands the unique aspects of a higher-education institution, which made them a perfect partner for us."

Joe Bazeley
CISO – Wesleyan University & Trinity College

"Vancord helped us uncover vulnerabilities in our system, protecting us from a breach that could have been very damaging to our institution."

Ken Quigley
President - Curry College

"Vancord exhibited outstanding professionalism and commitment throughout the project, keeping us secure during this crucial time for connectivity."