IT Health Check – ITHC for PSN Compliance
Pentest People are a CHECK accredited organisation and can scope and perform your IT Health Check (ITHC) for access to the Public Services Network (PSN).
Receive an IT Health Check Report required for annual access to the Public Services Network.
Engage with Pentest People to ensure your scope is identifed in line with the PSN requirements.
Pentest People are a CREST accredited company able to perform IT Health Checks.
The Public Services Network (PSN) is the government’s high-performance network, which helps public sector organisations work together, reduce duplication and share resources. Organisations, both public and private sector that require a connection to the PSN require to complete a Code of Connection (CoCo) application.
It is a requirement of the CoCo application to provide a recent (within 12 months) IT Health Check report that has to be performed by a qualified organisation. Pentest People, through their CREST membership, are able to provide ITHC services to organisations requiring connection to the PSN.
Organisations connecting to the PSN have to perform an annual IT Health Check in order to sustain the connection.
An IT Health Check requires both an External and Internal assessment. Pentest People will assign a qualified security consultant to help with scoping the engagement and delivering the project. Depending on the size of the network and number of devices, sample testing of a minimum of 10 per cent of the estate can be performed and correct scoping is critical to ensure that the service offered meets the CoCo requiremetns without being over bearing and over budget.
The External Assessment part of the ITHC should include public-facing services such as email servers, web servers and other systems such as the firewalls in place to prevent unauthorised access from the public Internet into your organisation.
Any other inbound connections from the Internet such as Remote Access or Site-to-Site Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) also need to be assessed as part of the engagement. This assessment takes place for the infrastructure and authentication methods in place to protect the connections.
Internal testing takes the form of a Penetration Test and should include Vulnerability Scanning and a thorough Manual Analysis of your internal network.
At a minimum it should include:
The assessment of the above look to provide assurance that your internal systems are configured in a secure manner and are being properly maintained.
Pentest People can provide a full engagement from scoping the assessment and carrying out both the external and internal assessments. An IT Health Check report will be presented as the deliverable of the project that can be used for your Code of Connection application for access to the Public Services Network.
An Infrastructure Penetration Test is a full consultant-led assessment of the security of your external and internal infrastructure. Pentest People use industry leading methodologies and tools to identify the latest software and configuration vulnerabilities for all devices on your network.
An Internal Penetration Test is where a consultant would be placed within your corporate environment and connected to your internal network looking for security issues from the inside.
An External Penetration Test is where a consultant looks for security issues from the outside of your network, generally over the public Internet.
A Vulnerability Scan is performed by a software tool that scans the network and checks available services for known vulnerabilities. A Penetration Test takes this one step further and uses a consultant to check for vulnerabilities that an automated scanner cannot find as well as to manually confirm any identified vulnerabilities.
The deliverable from this service is a full Penetration Test Report that is uploaded to our SecurePortal and available for you to interact with.
This differs from the competition in the way this is delivered and we believe this is a much clearer way to work with an manage the results of the assessment.