What is IT infrastructure testing?


As remote working and ‘bring your own device’ have become the norm for many organizations, the potential for increased cyber attacks has reached unparalleled heights. These policies may be convenient for employees, but they also open the floodgates to a whole new level of cyber risk.

An IT infrastructure test is a rigorous examination of an organization’s technology systems that aims to improve resilience and security capabilities. These tests come in all shapes and sizes.

For example, penetration testing IT infrastructure is a type of audit that simulates a cyber attack to identify hidden weaknesses and remediate security vulnerabilities before malicious actors have a chance to exploit them.

Testing IT systems requires experts

Our approach to IT infrastructure testing and auditing

We stop at nothing to find the smallest crack in your system and exploit your security posture. But instead of encrypting your data and demanding a ransom, we’ll shine a light on your vulnerabilities and support your internal team to improve your defenses.

Rather than adhere to old-fashioned consultancy norms, we uncover risks that often go undetected by traditional methods. That’s how we figure out where your weaknesses lie. We devise a set of IT infrastructure cyber tests that are tailored to your architecture and business context, delivering realistic attacks to help to enhance your security posture and enabling your IT team to close the gaps that we expose.

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Ready to find out just how exposed you actually are?

We don’t sell IT infrastructure solutions; we attack your system and provide expert guidance on how to bolster your security stance. Ready to find out just how exposed you actually are?

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For a simple monthly fee, our dedicated team of ethical hackers will constantly attack the full scope of your brand using digital, physical and social methods.

And when we find a way to breach your organization, we’ll raise the alarm before a real threat succeeds.


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Just as your security defenses must evolve to keep pace with organizational change, so must your approach to cyber attack.

With most security breaches occurring many days prior to detection, effective simulated assaults must be constant. It’s the only way to counteract an APT and avoid zero-day exploits.

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It’s not just your systems and applications which are susceptible to threat. Your people are too. Staff members are one of the most common breach points for successful cyber attacks.

That’s why, thinking beyond the digital, we’ll seek to exploit previous unexplored weaknesses in your physical and social environments too.


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There’s no patch for complacency

Prevention is better than desperately seeking a cure. Don’t wait for a cyber attack to start taking cybersecurity seriously. Stay vigilant and invest in regular, tailored cyber attacks against your IT infrastructure to stay ahead of your genuine threats.

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Schedule regular ‘CovertSwarm Attack Plans’ within our Offensive Operations Center to ensure your IT infrastructure security is constantly up to date; or have us perform a one-off penetration test to determine your ability to defend the fortress.

Benefits of IT infrastructure testing and audit

Make protection a priority

As cyber threats evolve and become more sophisticated, prioritizing the protection of your business is paramount. One attack could cause the downfall of an entire system, so don’t let your guard down. Stay one step ahead by investing regular attacks on your IT estate from CovertSwarm.

Close the cyber risk gap

Regular change calls for regular testing. As you grow and evolve, your security system must keep up with the pace. Hackers won’t wait around to attack until you’re finally ready, and neither will we. In a bid to close the cyber risk gap, our stream of attacks is relentless, continuous and designed to help us outpace your genuine threats.

Safeguard your reputation (and your finances)

Suffering a data breach is costly, both for your reputation and your finances. Starting from less than the cost of an internal security hire, you can safeguard your organization from potential cyber attacks through regular testing and support from CovertSwarm’s ethical hacking services.

Features of IT infrastructure testing and audits

Continuous and comprehensive Attack Surface Management

All our attacks are delivered by our Swarm of ethical hackers via our Offensive Operations Center. See where we are in real-time, and gain regular insights as to where your latest IT changes may be creating new areas of risk exposure on your perimeter. Use these insights to eliminate risks before they materialize into a potentially damaging security breach.

Collective experience and intelligence

Together, our Swarm has over a hundred years of experience. With thousands of hours under their belts, they’ve seen it all when it comes to IT infrastructure tech stacks. And they’re determined to share their knowledge.

Confidentiality above all

We know how crucial confidentiality is, after all, it’s the nature of our business. Our controlled infrastructure testing may be invasive, but it’s also stored away under lock and key. You can rest assured that your secrets are safe with us and support is always on hand to guide the remediation of the issues we discover.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IT infrastructure?

IT infrastructure is like the nervous system of your business. It encompasses all the components that keep your organization running like a well-oiled machine. Databases, applications, operating systems, servers, storage devices – it’s the entire tech ecosystem. One simple misconfiguration in your IT infrastructure and your whole system could be at risk of an attack.

What are the benefits of a secure IT infrastructure?

The benefits of continuous penetration testing infrastructure are significant. Above all, investing in IT infrastructure and regular security testing offers protection against cyber threats, such as ransomware and phishing attacks.

From a reputational perspective, this instills confidence in customers and stakeholders, while ensuring your organization remains compliant with regulations. In turn, you benefit from cost savings as you avoid potential financial penalties and added expenses related to the recuperation of data or lost streams of revenue. Overall, refusing to consider the advantages of IT infrastructure solutions can cause irreparable damage to your organization.

Why do I need to audit my IT infrastructure testing?

Outpace your genuine cyber threats. Don’t be the company that suffered a breach because they neglected an IT infrastructure audit. Auditing helps identify potentially devastating vulnerabilities in your system, enhance security practices, and mitigate risks. It also ensures compliance with industry standards and regulations and improves the overall performance of your business.

How do you conduct an IT infrastructure audit?

The protection offered by CovertSwarm’s IT infrastructure assessments ‘as a service’ has gained significant industry acclaim. With the help of external cyber security audit and testing specialists, you can benefit from a thorough auditing process that guarantees the highest level of security.

First, a comprehensive IT infrastructure assessment takes place. Next, rigorous testing will reveal the weaknesses in your system that malicious actors could potentially exploit.

Once we dive deep into your network and assess your infrastructure’s full security posture from a hacker’s perspective, we will highlight the weak areas found to be susceptible to breach. All our findings are reported in real-time via Slack/MS Teams, and our attack surface management platform, where we provide documented guidance on where changes such as tweaked architectural designs or technology reconfigurations can mitigate your discovered vulnerabilities. We’ll also provide a detailed IT infrastructure audit report detailing all the information you need to know in a context-aware and prioritised manner. No noise. Just pure security value.

As part of a subscription to CovertSwarm’ Constant Cyber Attack service this IT infrastructure optimization is then repeated again and again, so you benefit from the most secure system each and every time you make a change to your IT estate.

What does an IT infrastructure audit include?

As a CREST-certified cyber partner to our clients, CovertSwarm follows industry best practices, with our IT infrastructure audits including:

  • Comprehensive evaluation of security controls, including network access control lists 
  • Vulnerability scanning
  • Penetration testing
  • IT infrastructure asset analysis
  • Evaluation of backup recovery plans 
  • Implementation of additional security measures 
  • Reviews of compliance with industry standards 
  • A cyber risk report 
  • Recommendations for improvement 
  • Real-time communication during our assessments
Are there different types of IT infrastructure audits and tests?

Depending on the specific objectives of your audits, you may benefit more from a specific type of test. For example, if your goal is to improve incident response and reduce the threat of cyber attacks, you will benefit more from infrastructure penetration tests. 

Other examples of infrastructure security testing include: 

  • Vulnerability scanning 
  • Compliance audits 
  • Business continuity tests 
What is infrastructure penetration testing?

Advanced infrastructure penetration testing is a security methodology that analyzes existing vulnerabilities and weaknesses in an organization’s IT system. The infrastructure penetration testing methodology simulates a cyber attack to uncover cracks in the security system of a business.

Whether the malicious actor is an insider or external hacker, both internal and external infrastructure penetration testing is carried out to ensure the system is impenetrable from all angles.

Once potential security issues are identified by our Swarm of ethical hackers we’ll fully disclose all our findings ensuring a prioritised approach can be taken by your IT team to rapidly close the cyber risk gaps detected before moving on to the less-critical areas of weakness.

What are some ways that you can improve an IT infrastructure?

IT infrastructure modernization can reduce the likelihood of cyber threats. You can improve the technological nervous system of your company by investing in a comprehensive IT infrastructure strategy.

More specifically, organizations can implement layered security measures to regularly improve their security posture. This includes updating software, enforcing strict access restrictions, conducting regular infrastructure penetration testing, segmenting networks, and providing regular, context-specific training to employees.

How much does an IT infrastructure audit cost?

It depends, are you in need of an advanced infrastructure penetration testing report or are you looking for a simple internal infrastructure penetration testing audit? The cost depends on a range of factors, including the complexity of your network, the scope of the project, and the experience of your team or IT infrastructure service provider.

Our services

Successful organizations are constant targets for malicious actors. Those who take security seriously don’t test their defenses once a year, they subscribe to CovertSwarm to attack continuously through our services.