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Now more than ever, cybersecurity should be a the forefront of any organization’s priorities. The “new normal” has seen hundreds of thousands of employees begin to work from home. It’s a relatively new dynamic that hackers and exploiters are taking advantage of to breach and bypass normal security practices.  Companies have had to relax protocols in order to facilitate remote workers  without realizing the associated risks.

We understand and navigate this risk based environment on a consistent basis. Encyphr makes sure that organizations are safe and protected from bad actors through our comprehensive cybersecurity and pentesting service offerings.  


We safely look for ways to compromise your IT infrastructure. Information is then aggregated and presented for remediation.

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We assume the role of a trusted partner and extract security details from unsuspecting employees and document the details.

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We test policies, plans, assumptions, and systems. It’s a simulation that tests how well companies can handle a real attack.

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Testing that meets or exceeds requirements for established regulatory standards, including PCI DSS, FISMA, MARS-E, HIPAA, etc.

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Security scanning to ensure your remote workforce is secure. We are committed to reducing all attack vectors.

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Comprehensive auditing of WordPress sites. We attempt to find exploits and weaknesses in your site and installation.

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How does penetration testing differ from a vulnerability scan?

The differences between penetration testing and vulnerability scanning still causes a bit of confusion within the industry. We attempt to clarify this issue with the following summarization:

Vulnerability Scan

Penetration Test


Identify, rank, and report vulnerabilities that, if exploited, may result in an intentional or unintentional compromise of a system.

Identify ways to exploit vulnerabilities to circumvent or defeat the security features of system components.


At least quarterly or after significant changes.

At least annually and upon significant changes.


Typically a variety of automated tools combined with manual verification of identified issues.

A manual process that may include the use of vulnerability scanning or other automated tools, resulting in a comprehensive report.


Relatively short amount of time, typically several several minutes to an hour per scanned host.

Engagements may last days or weeks depending on the scope of the test and size of the environment to be tested. Tests may grow in time and complexity if efforts uncover additional scope. 

Testing certifications

Our testers are certified at a level of competence by one or more of the below certifications:

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certifications (e.g., GIAC Certified Penetration
  • Tester (GPEN), GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT), or GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester (GXPN))
  • CREST Penetration Testing Certifications
  • Communication Electronic Security Group (CESG) IT Health Check Service (CHECK) certification

The following terms are used throughout this website and our documents:

  • Penetration tester, tester, or team: The individual(s) conducting the penetration test for the entity. They may be a resource internal or external to the entity.
  • Application-layer testing: Testing that typically includes websites, web applications, thick clients, or other applications.
  • Network-layer testing: Testing that typically includes external/internal testing of networks (LANS/VLANS), between interconnected systems, wireless networks, and social engineering.
  • White-box testing: Testing performed with knowledge of the internal structure/design/implementation of the object being tested.
  • Grey-box testing: Testing performed with partial knowledge of the internal structure/design/implementation of the object being tested.
  • Black-box testing: Testing performed without prior knowledge of the internal structure/design/implementation of the object being tested.
  • National Vulnerability Database (NVD): The U.S. government repository of standards based vulnerability management data. This data enables automation of vulnerability management, security measurement, and compliance (e.g., FISMA).
  • Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS): Provides an open framework for communicating the characteristics and impacts of IT vulnerabilities.