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Physical Penetration Testing and Red Teaming Services

Security threats constantly change, and more than standard security tests are required. Physical Penetration Testing or Red Teaming Services thoroughly check your security. Red Teaming is an advanced approach that examines every part of your physical and human defence.

We find the weak spots that others might miss. Our goal is to make your organisation ready for real threats. With our Red Teaming, you get a clear picture of where you stand and what you need to improve. Secure your business against today's complex threats with our expert testing.

Sound Familar?

  • Are you concerned about undetected security gaps in your physical defenses?

  • Do you worry about your organisation's readiness against physical breaches of your site?

  • Is the uncertainty of compliance with industry security standards causing you stress?

  • Are you unsure about the effectiveness of your current security training and protocols for staff?

  • Do you fear the potential financial and reputational damage from a security breach or data loss?

Identifying weaknesses and vulnerabilities

We don't just look at the surface; we dig deeper. Our Red Teaming method examines your entire security setup. We check physical barriers and even staff readiness. This way, we find the hidden risks that could lead to security breaches or loss of sensitive data. By identifying these weaknesses early, you can strengthen your defences where needed.

Realistic understanding of security

Knowing your real security strength is critical. Our tests simulate actual security breach scenarios without the real-world risks. This approach shows you how your current security measures hold up under pressure. You get to see first-hand what works and what doesn't. With this knowledge, you're better equipped to handle potential threats and safeguard your organisation.

Assuring security

Your clients trust you to protect their interests. We help you keep that trust. Our Pen Testing service offers a thorough review of your security protocols. This boosts your defence and ensures you meet industry standards and regulations. You show your commitment to top-level security and client safety by choosing our services.

How the Process Works

Are you concerned about the security of your organisation? Let us take you through our simple three-step process for a physical penetration test that will help you identify vulnerabilities and improve your organisation's security posture.

Step 1: Initial Assessment and Planning

First, we sit down with you to understand your specific needs. Our team starts with an in-depth assessment, looking at your physical landscape. We use open-source intelligence and desktop reconnaissance to gather preliminary data. This step helps us tailor our Red Teaming and Pen Testing approach to effectively target your unique vulnerabilities and security concerns.

Step 2: Red Teaming and Penetration Testing Execution

Next, we move to the site. Our team conducts site reconnaissance to validate and expand our initial findings. Then, we execute the Red Teaming operation, which includes identifying and exploiting potential security vulnerabilities. This comprehensive approach ensures we thoroughly test all aspects of your security, from physical barriers to employee protocols.

Step 3: Reporting and Actionable Recommendations

Finally, we compile our findings into a detailed report. This report outlines the vulnerabilities we uncovered and provides practical recommedations for strengthening your security. We focus on giving clear, actionable steps to improve your defences against real-world threats. We aim to leave you with a more robust, resilient security posture.

Don't wait until it's too late. Let us help you protect your organisation from security breaches, theft, and loss of sensitive material. Contact us today to schedule a physical penetration test and improve your security posture.

Our Physical Penetration Test encompasses a range of vulnerabilities, including:

Unauthorised Access

This vulnerability occurs when an attacker gains physical access to a restricted area without proper authorisation. It could be through social engineering, tailgating, or exploiting weaknesses in physical security controls.

Weak Physical Security Controls

This vulnerability includes weak or easily bypassed physical security measures such as poorly designed locks, easily picked or duplicated keys, lack of surveillance cameras, or ineffective alarm systems.


This is when an unauthorised person follows an authorised person through a secured access point without being detected. This vulnerability can be mitigated by educating employees about the importance of not allowing unauthorised individuals to enter restricted areas.

Unauthorised Device Connections

This vulnerability occurs when an attacker connects unauthorised devices to the organisation's network or systems, such as plugging in a USB drive or connecting a rogue device to an open port. It can lead to data breaches or the introduction of malware into the network.

Bin or Skip Diving

This vulnerability involves attackers searching through trash or recycling bins to find sensitive information, such as passwords, system configurations, or customer data. Organisations should implement proper disposal methods, such as shredding documents containing sensitive information.

Physical Social Engineering

Social engineering involves manipulating individuals to gain unauthorised access to restricted areas or sensitive information. Attackers may pose as employees, contractors, or service personnel to deceive employees and gain access to secure areas.

Weak or Inadequate Perimeter Security

This vulnerability refers to weaknesses in the physical barriers around the organisation's premises, such as fences, gates, walls, or barriers. Attackers may exploit these weaknesses to gain unauthorised access.

Lack of Physical Monitoring

This vulnerability occurs when there is a lack of proper monitoring mechanisms, such as surveillance cameras, security guards, or intrusion detection systems. Monitoring physical access points can help identify and prevent unauthorised access attempts.

Lack of Employee Awareness

This vulnerability arises when employees are not adequately trained or aware of physical security policies and procedures. Regular training and awareness programs can help mitigate this vulnerability.

Physical Key Management

Weak critical management practices, such as leaving keys unattended, not properly logging or controlling key access, or failing to rekey locks when an employee leaves the organisation, can lead to unauthorised access.

Why Choose Us

HZL stands out as a reliable and competent choice for companies looking to conduct physical penetration tests. With our expertise, advanced methodologies, client-focused approach, and commitment to confidentiality, HZL can help companies identify and address vulnerabilities in their physical security controls, ultimately enhancing their overall security posture.

Our Course:
The Level 4 Award in Physical Penetration Testing Operations (RQF)

How to become a Physical Penetration Tester

Are you looking for a comprehensive training program in Physical Penetration Testing? Look no further than our Level 4 Award in Physical Penetration Testing Operations (RQF). Our OFQUAL regulated course is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to conduct authorised and effective pen testing on client sites.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is where you will find most answers. If there should still be any questions left, don't hesitate to contact us.
What is physical pen testing?
Physical penetration testing is the process of testing an organisation's physical security controls and procedures to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be exploited by an attacker.
What are the benefits of physical penetration testing?
Physical penetration testing can improve physical security, demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements, be cost-effective, raise employee awareness, and help prevent security incidents.
What are the limitations of physical penetration testing?
Physical penetration testing may be limited by access to the target facility, may only identify existing vulnerabilities, and may result in false positives.
What are the risks of physical penetration testing?
Physical penetration testing can be disruptive, result in legal consequences if not conducted ethically, and potentially cause physical harm.
What are the best practices for physical penetration testing?
Best practices for physical penetration testing include planning ahead, obtaining consent, hiring qualified professionals, conducting testing in a controlled manner, documenting findings, maintaining confidentiality, and regularly reviewing and updating physical security controls and procedures.
What's the difference between physical and cyber penetration testing?

Physical penetration testing, led by ethical hackers, evaluates physical security measures like access controls and surveillance, attempting to gain unauthorised access to premises. Conversely, cyber penetration testing focuses on securing computer systems and data, identifying vulnerabilities such as software bugs or network misconfigurations that can be exploited remotely. Despite the differences in scope and methodologies, both types of testing are crucial for a comprehensive assessment of an organisation's security vulnerabilities and require integration to address all potential risks effectively.

How does physical penetration testing secure data centers?

Physical penetration testing at data centers focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of access controls, such as access card systems, and surveillance measures to prevent unauthorized physical access. The process includes attempts to bypass security protocols through social engineering attacks and testing physical barriers to protect sensitive data physically.

What role do social engineering attacks play in physical penetration testing?
Social engineering attacks are a critical aspect of physical penetration testing as they simulate scenarios where individuals manipulate others into breaking normal security procedures. Testers may attempt to gain unauthorised access or obtain sensitive information through impersonation or deception at a physical location, highlighting vulnerabilities in human element security.
What specific methods are used in physical security penetration testing?
Physical security penetration testing employs methods such as testing the efficacy of physical barriers, access control systems, surveillance setup, and security protocols. Testers may use techniques like lock picking, tailgating, or creating fake credentials to attempt to gain access to restricted areas, assessing the organisation's vulnerability to physical intrusions.