PCI Penetration Testing

We specialize in PCI DSS Requirement 11.3 Penetration Testing
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Industry recognitions we have earned

Provensec awarded  Enterprise Security Top 10 Vulnerability Management Solution Provider 2017
Provensec was awarded by 2017 TAG Cyber Security
Provensec was awarded by CIO Outlook for TOP 10 Retail Security Solution P 2017
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Provensec expertise can help you satisfy PCI penetration testing requirements

Our in-depth PCI DSS penetration testing and ASV scanning follow based on PCI DSS industry standard. Our experts hold global certifications including CISM, CISA, OSCP, OSCE, and CEH.

PCI DSS penetration testing from Provensec

Get quarterly ASV scans FREE with each PCI Penetration Test

Show your clients that you treat security testing as a process and not as a one-time activity. Benefit from our unique offering:

Deep Manual Penetration Testing

Our security professionals find critical vulnerabilities and how it can be exploitable in real-world attacks.

CloudPRO-X automated scans

Benefit from continuous security coverage with our complimentary automated security scans

Descriptive Report

You get a PDF report with Executive Summary, recommendations and proof of concept explained with screenshots

Free Re-testing

Each bug that you fix is manually tested and you get an updated report at no additional cost

Provensec provides Managed PCI ASV Scans

Benefit from our compliance expertise and let our team ensure that you get clean scans each quarter. We partner with multiple vendors and use economies of scale to dramatically lower your costs. We run your scans each quarter and also provide a portal for downloading the Certificate for Quarterly Compliance.

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Our PCI DSS penetration testing process

  1. Our PCI testing process strictly follows the guidance provided by PCI SSC. The objective of the test is to see how an attacker could jeopardize the confidentiality and integrity of cardholder data.

  2. We start by agreeing on the scope and rules of engagement which includes the success criteria.

  3. Once the scope and success criteria are agreed upon, we start testing using OWASP methodology which touches upon the application, network and server layers of your IT infrastructure

  4. Once the test is completed, a report will be delivered which explains the results and includes SMART actions to fix identified findings.

  5. The testing execution will include the following aspects of your IT infrastructure:

    Application Layer: As mentioned in Section 2.3 of PCI SSC guidance, we will perform testing from the perspective of the defined roles of the application. We strongly encourage our clients to supply credentials to allow the tester to assume the required roles. This will allow the tester to determine if, at any given role, the user could escalate privileges or otherwise gain access to data they are not explicitly allowed to access. In instances where a web application utilizes a backend API and the API is in scope, we Test web and API independently.
    Network Layer: Because the network layer is uses a standard mode of interaction, we use automated tools to conduct the test and then the results are verified manually. This verifies whether the CDE environment has efficient and effective network controls.
    Segmentation test: The segmentation check is performed by conducting tests used in the initial stages of a network penetration test (i.e., host discovery, port scanning, etc.). We verify that isolated LANs in the agreed scope do not have access into the CDE.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Provensec is helping 350 + businesses as their Penetration Testing vendor. Our ethical hackers are qualified and hold certifications like OSCP, OSCE, and CEH. We continuously invest in security research and have published 20+ CVE’s and 200 + security bugs for companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle and many more.

We recommend that you test your staging environment. However, we have extensive experience in testing production systems. Our testing is not disruptive, and we replicate stealthy techniques of real-world attackers which don’t cause any downtime. We can also test during non-business hours at no extra charge.

Yes, Provensec is fully qualified to do this penetration test. Provensec has many merchants and service providers who are benefiting from our Penetration Testing for four years in a row now. If required, we will also discuss our reports and qualification with your QSA and guarantee acceptance of our reports to meet PCI DSS 11.3 requirements.

Yes, we cover both external as well as internal network penetration test. We have a proven methodology to achieve this backed by our experience in performing thousands of these tests.

This could be an External, Internal and a network segmentation test. We can advise you on your applicable tests, once you contact us with information regarding your merchant level and or SAQ you are filling in.

Client Testimonials

Rodney Adams, Principal Software EngineerRodney Adams, Principal Software EngineerConfinet™ Product Suite R&D

When looking for a firm to perform penetration testing on your website or applications, you need a firm with proven experience that employs a methodical and rigorous approach to security testing. You also want a firm that is responsive and easy to work with. We found all of these qualities with provensec, and we will continue to use them in the future to protect the security of our business, applications, and customers. Rodney Adams, Principal Software Engineer.

Mike EveryMike EveryFoley Services

The provensec team was very responsive, helpful and knowledgeable starting with our first sales inquiry right through our penetration testing and review.


We have contracted with several security firms in the past. We found Provensec's work to be the most comprehensive and thorough. We will definitely use them for application and security testing in the future

Jonny Weiss, Director of EngineeringJonny Weiss, Director of EngineeringParking Panda

I enjoyed working with Provensec because they were fast, delivered everything that was promised on time, and managed to do it for a very competitive price. Our security has improved thanks to Provensec's penetration testing. I would highly recommend them to other companies looking for penetration testing or other security testing.

Ben Gustafson, Co-FounderBen Gustafson, Co-FounderClassroom Mosaic

Sam and his team were very responsive to our needs. We contacted them with a tight deadline and they delivered several days ahead of schedule! We highly recommend provensec because of their responsive customer service!

Jim Grago, CEO ClixSense.comJim Grago, CEO ClixSense.comClixSense

We were looking for a company to do vulnerability and penetration testing and, after researching this extensively, we decided to use Provensec. We made the right choice! The entire process was painless, the support we received was phenomenal and the process was quick and easy. Moving forward we will continue to use their services as they are top notch!

Buddy Kresge, FounderBuddy Kresge, FounderKnontou LLC

Absolutely we are willing to be a reference and would certainly recommend you! We will be a customer for a long time.

CTO, Mid-Atlantic legal technologyCTO, Mid-Atlantic legal technology

We decided to go with Provensec for our independent security testing and auditing needs because of their rigorous manual and automated testing protocols. Their customer service and planning of the audits were superb and their engineering team diligent and thorough. I would certainly recommend them.

Matthew Burnell, Founder/CEO ClickBidMatthew Burnell, Founder/CEO ClickBidClickBid Paperless Auctions

Provensec has been a huge benefit to our application security. They found critical issues we had missed and it allowed us to patch and remove these issues quickly. They are fast, thorough and documentation is very concise. I highly recommend Provensec.

Aaron LienAaron LienAbsolute Performance

Provensec was simple and easy to work with, on point, and responsive to every request. I liked that they were able to accommodate our needs of a quick turn around for our pci audit and were helpful through the process. Yes I would recommend them to anyone that is needing audit help.

Education Programs Support ServicesEducation Programs Support Services

We have been using Provensec for our external penetration testing since early 2013.  Their staff is easy to work with and very knowledgeable.  We perform extensive internal testing on all of our systems before deployment and Provensec was able to confirm our internal security findings as well as identify a few undiscovered vulnerabilities.  Their reports are thorough, easy to interpret, contain clear evidence of how they discovered the vulnerability, as well as specific recommendations on how to remediate the issues. We have been extremely pleased with our interactions and plan to continue to engage Provensec for our external penetration testing.

Peter LuckPeter LuckROCC , UK

When taking a web based application to market, I need assurances outside of my own development team that the software is secure, stable and suitable for deployment to the web. Provensec were friendly and efficient right from our initial engagement with them and were always happy to work within my changing timescales and priorities. Provensec recently carried out full security testing for our web application and I’m happy to say they reported no major issues but did provide us with some great insight into small improvements that we could make to really make our application bulletproof. The report I received from Provensec was highly detailed and more than enough to pass on to my development team for resolution of the minor issues found. I would strongly recommend the team at Provensec and look forward to working with them again in the future.

Scott BaughScott BaughCorpedia

Corpedia's experience with Provensec was exceptional. Communication was prompt, service was great and the assessment thorough. Follow-up documentation and test case data was also very helpful. We would certainly use this service again!

Eric BechhoeferEric BechhoeferNRG Systems

As a product developer, we have extensive experience in both hardware, firmware and software development. That said, we have little experience or confidence in our experience in the test, verification and validation of the security of our system. We know what we did not know. We depended on the expertise of Provensec to identify and report on the security of our design. Provensec quickly identified a number of vulnerabilities and counseled us on how to correct them. We feel confident that our system can now protect our clients data, and feel fortunate that we could engage Provensec to do this.

Matthew Hammond Matthew Hammond Learning Technology Section, University of Edinburgh

Provensec provided us with a fast, efficient and high quality service. The agreed testing was carried out quickly and communication throughout was fantastic. The final report was well presented, detailed and gave us confidence in the quality and robust nature of the testing carried out. Provensec services are fully featured, responsive and represent excellent value for money.

Vedat AralVedat AralInfosend

We are a PCI compliant payment processor. We developed a web application and were in immediate need for an experienced, reliable external penetration tester. We found Provensec via web search and they were kind enough to fit us in quickly. Sam and the team proved to be responsive and reliable. They had it completed in the time frame they promised. The security reports they provided were thorough with specific examples. The technical details were informative and actionable.

Brian P. EskraBrian P. EskraLP Software, Inc.

When we started researching other Vulnerability testing companies, we were shocked by the cost and long project timelines. We then came across Provensec. What a breath of fresh air. The cost was reasonable and they were able to perform automated and manual scans immediately to meet our tight deadlines. We later had an emergency situation where we needed a manual test over the weekend to meet a client deadline for Monday. I contacted Provensec on Friday afternoon and had my results by Monday morning! Amazing customer service and great results. This company has gone above and beyond to meet our needs. I would recommend giving them a try if you’re in the market for Vulnerability testing solutions.