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Cyber Security Assessment Test

About the test:

The Cyber Security Assessment 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).

Covered skills:

  • Network Security (Protocols; TLS; Firewalls; Port Scans)
  • Cryptography (Hashing; SSL; HTTPS)
  • Cybersecurity Attacks (Man-in-the-middle; DoS/DDos; Network attacks)
  • Web security (SQL injections
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Cyber Security Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Cyber Security Analysts

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

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.

Reason #2

No trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

Why we started Adaface ->
Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

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

🧐 Question


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?


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?
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Ransomware attack
2 mins
Cyber Security


Wired LAN security
2 mins
Cyber Security
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Ransomware attack
Cyber Security
Easy2 mins
Wired LAN security
Cyber Security
Easy2 mins
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries


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!

Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Cyber Security Assessment Test in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Cyber Security Assessment Test from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & comparative results

Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring

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.

What roles can I use the Cyber Security Assessment Test for?

  • 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

What topics are covered in the Cyber Security Assessment Test?

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
Singapore government logo

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.

reduction in screening time

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 does the cybersecurity aptitude test screen candidates for?

The Cybersecurity aptitude test screens candidates for their knowledge and ability to apply basic cybersecurity principles. The test covers topics such as network security, computer security, and information security. It also measures a candidate's ability to think critically about cybersecurity issues and to identify and solve problems.

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.

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

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • 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?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

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.

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