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Cyber Security Test

The Cyber Security Online Test evaluates candidates on Cyber Security basics (operating systems, computer networks, and cloud concepts), their ability to detect security risks in existing systems (SQL injections, malware, virus, trojans), setup guards against future cyber attacks (DDoS, proxy servers, VPNs, firewalls) and use cryptography techniques (hashing, digital signatures).

Customized Based On:

  • Experience/ difficulty level
  • Multiple skills in 1 assessment
  • Job description/ role requirements

Covered Topics:

Network Security (Protocols; TLS; Firewalls; Port Scans)
Cybersecurity Attacks (Man-in-the-middle; DoS/DDos; Network attacks)
Cryptography (Hashing; SSL; HTTPS)
Web security (SQL injections
Email security (Phishing)
Malware (Trojans; Adware; Rootkits)
Data security (Patches; Encryption; Backups)
Data governance
Cybersecurity Defenses
Risk assessments
Network tests (Penetration tests)
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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.

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Sample Cyber Security Online Test Questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Cyber Security Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Ransomware attack
Joe's business recently had to buy the decryption keys from the attackers of a ransomware attack on their servers. This attack was initiated with a phishing email. As the network administrator, it is your responsibility to make sure this doesn't happen in the future. What is the first thing you should do?
Cyber SecurityEasy2 min
Wired LAN security
A Fortune 500 organization is looking to strengthen the security of their wired LAN. All security implementations need to be managed centrally, and permit corporate-owned devices to access the intranet and restrict other devices to access Internet only. What is your suggestion?
Cyber SecurityEasy2 min

How to use the Adaface Cyber Security Online Test

Start screening candidates within minutes with the ready-to-go Cyber Security Test

1. Choose the most appropriate test for your role

2. Start inviting candidates to complete the assessment

3. Receive real time notifications and shortlist the best candidates

OR Customize the Adaface Cyber Security Test according to your job description

1. Get a custom assessment from our library of 500+ skills within 48 hours

2. Start inviting candidates to complete the assesment

3. Receive real time notifications and shortlist the best candidates

Adaface Cyber Security Test is trusted by enterprises worldwide

Morgan Stanley
SG Government
Ernst and Young
Optimum Solutions
United Nations
Love Bonito

About the Adaface Cyber Security Assessment Test

Evaluate cyber security technical and coding skills with Adaface skills assessment platform powered with an intelligent chatbot


Security Governance
Network Security
Email Security
Cyber Attacks
Brute Force Attack
DoS and DDoS Attacks
Bots and Botnets
SQL injection
Cross-site scripting
Web Application Security
Malware (Viruses, Worms, Trojans)
Identity federation
Authentication Methods
Digital signatures
SSL Certificates
Virtual Private Networks
Proxy servers
Third-party assessments
Data governance
ARP spoofing

Recommended Roles:

Cyber Security Analyst
Cyber Security Manager
Cyber Security Engineer
Network Security Engineer
Systems Engineer (Cyber security)
Senior Information Analyst
Senior Cyber Security Analyst Cyber Risk Analyst Penetration Tester
Security Administrator

Why You Should Use This Cyber Security Test

The Cyber Security Test reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves expensive engineering time by filtering out unqualified candidates.

The Adaface Cyber Security Test screens candidates for the typical skills recruiters look for in a cybersecurity professional:

  • Basics of Cybersecurity (Security Governance, Identity Federation, Cryptography, Hashing, Digital Signatures)
  • Basics of Cybersecurity defences, including Firewalls, Next-Gen AV, IDS/IPS, SIEM, password and patch management
  • Web application security (SSL certifications for encryption, CodeGuard for code backups)
  • Computer networks fundamentals (Protocols, TLS/SSL, VPNs, IPSec, SSH, Firewalls, NAT, Port Scans)
  • Knowledge of common Cyber Attacks (Man-in-the-Middle attacks, DoS/DDoS, Password attacks, Social engineering, Network attacks)
  • Web Application Security (Web App Architecture, SQL Injections, Blind SQL Injections, Cross-Site Scripting)
  • Malware (Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Spyware, Adware, Ransomware, Logic Bombs and Rootkits, Anti-malware)
  • Risk assessments (port scanning, SQL injection attack spoofing, spotting phishing emails, email tracking)
  • Cybersecurity protocols and governance (Frequent patches, Application whitelisting, Data backups)

Additionally, if the role requires candidates to have hands-on programming experience, the test will have coding questions.

How is the test customized for Senior Cyber Security Analyst?

The questions used for Senior Cyber Security professionals will be based on advanced topics and the difficulty level of the questions will be higher.

Typical topics assessed in Senior Cyber Security tests are:

  • Experience with using tools like Wireshark, Tcpdump, and Syslog
  • Advanced Cyberattacks (MITRE ATT&CK Framework, Threat Tactics, Attack Kill Chain, Attack Vectors, Indicators of Compromise)
  • Expertise in designing efficient security protocols (IDS/IPS, Data Loss Prevention, Vulnerability Management, Zero-Day Vulnerability, System Audit, Audit logs, Incident Investigation, Threat Intelligence)
  • Experience in security operations and incidence management (Incident Response and playbooks, NIST Framework, The Golden Hour, Log and Email analysis, SLAs KRIs, KPI, Recovery and forensics)
  • Experience implementing secure authentication processes (multi-factor authentication including soft tokens and hard tokens)
  • Secure data destruction

Additionally, if the role requires the candidate to have hands-on programming knowledge, coding questions of higher difficulty levels will be included in the test.

Distribution Of Test Scores

The actual score distribution will vary based on your candidate pipeline quality, but you should typically expect ~20% of the candidates to do well on Adaface assessments.

The score distribution for our assessments follow the normal curve. This is a good sign- standardized tests like SAT and GRE follow the normal distribution (bell curve).

Status quo assessments typically have the exact opposite of the bell curve (too many candidates getting close to 0, too many candidates getting close to 100 and too few candidates in the middle). This is typically because they focus on theoretical questions or trick questions, which are very binary in nature- either you know the trick/ theory or you don’t.

How Adaface Is Different

Adaface conversational assessments are reflective of on-the-job skills and see an 86% completion rate as compared to ~50% for traditional assessment platforms.



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Cyber Security Online Test FAQs

Can I evaluate Cyber Security and Computer Networks knowledge in the same test?

Yes. Our standard Cyber Security test evaluates candidates on Network fundamentals. You can also get a custom test to get more questions focused on Computer Networks. You can review our Computer Networks test to get a sense of what kind of questions will be used to evaluate Computer Networks concepts.

How is the test customized for junior Cyber Security professionals?

The test will have easier questions and the topics will be focused on basics of Cyber security attacks, Networks and defenses. The test can also include questions to assess basic technical aptitude skills depending on your job description.

Can I evaluate technical/ coding skills in the same test?

Yes. Our standard Cyber Security test does not include coding questions, but if your job description requires the candidate to have hands-on coding skills, you can get a customised test with coding questions.

What is a custom assessment?

Every role is different and requires a custom assessment to identify top candidates efficiently. Adaface subject matter experts understand your job description/ role requirements and pick the most relevant questions from our library of 10000+ questions to create a technical assessment that helps you find the qualified candidates in your candidate pipeline quickly. All custom assessments are set up based on the job description, role requirements, must-have skills, experience level and salary range within a maximum of 48 hours and you will get an email notification once it goes live.

Check out a sample assessment here (no credit card required).

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify.

How is Adaface different from other assessment tools?

We believe that status quo tech assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate engineers because they focus on trick questions/ puzzles/ niche algorithms. We started Adaface to help companies find great engineers by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role. Read more about why we started Adaface.

Here's what's different with Adaface:

  • High quality non-googleable questions that test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge.
  • A friendly conversational assessment with a chatbot, instead of sending a "test" to a candidate. This translates to a higher completion rate. Adaface assessments (86% candidate completion rate), as opposed to traditional tests (40-50% candidate completion rate)
  • Customized assessments for 700+ skills at different experience levels.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagairism detection
  • Non-googleable questions
  • Secure browser

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

The platform is completely self-serve, so here's one way to proceed:

  • You can sign up for free to get a feel for how it works.
  • The free trial includes one sample assessment (Java/ JavaScript) that you will find in your dashboard when you sign up. You can use it to review the quality of questions, and the candidate experience of a conversational test on Adaface.
  • To review the quality of questions, you can also review our public questions for 50+ skills here.
  • Once you're convinced that you want to try it out with real assessments and candidates, you can pick a plan according to your requirements.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!

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