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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)
  • XSS)
  • Malware (Trojans; Adware; Rootkits)
  • Data governance
  • Risk assessments
  • Cybersecurity Attacks (Man-in-the-middle; DoS/DDos; Network attacks)
  • Web security (SQL injections
  • Email security (Phishing)
  • Data security (Patches; Encryption; Backups)
  • Cybersecurity Defenses
  • Network tests (Penetration tests)

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

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



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Cyber Security Assessment Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Ability to identify and implement secure protocols in network security
  • Ability to configure and manage firewalls to protect network infrastructure
  • Ability to detect and prevent Man-in-the-middle attacks
  • Ability to mitigate DoS/DDoS attacks in a network
  • Knowledge of different network attacks and their prevention methods
  • Understanding of cryptographic concepts and ability to use hashing algorithms
  • Knowledge of SSL and its implementation for secure communication
  • Ability to implement HTTPS for secure web browsing
  • Understanding of common web security vulnerabilities like SQL injections and XSS
  • Knowledge of email security practices and ability to detect phishing attempts
  • Familiarity with different types of malware and ability to identify and remove them
  • Ability to implement data security measures like patches, encryption, and backups
  • Understanding of data governance principles and its importance in cybersecurity
  • Knowledge of various cybersecurity defense mechanisms and their implementation
  • Ability to conduct risk assessments to identify potential vulnerabilities
  • Proficiency in conducting network tests, including penetration tests
Reason #2

No trick questions

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.

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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.

How we design questions

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

Medium

Cookie Security Analysis
Web Application Security
HTTP Cookies
Cross-Domain Communication
Solve
You are a cybersecurity officer and a new third-party payment gateway is integrated into your company's e-commerce website. The payment gateway API is hosted on a different domain (pay-gateway.com) than your e-commerce site (my-ecommerce.com). You receive some reports that users are unable to complete their transactions intermittently. 

You obtain the following set of HTTP cookies from an affected user:

1. user_session=1; Domain=my-ecommerce.com; Path=/; Secure; HttpOnly
2. payment_session=xyz123; Domain=pay-gateway.com; Path=/; Secure; HttpOnly
3. cart_id=abcd1234; Domain=my-ecommerce.com; Path=/; Secure
4. csrf_token=efgh5678; Domain=my-ecommerce.com; Path=/; Secure
5. currency=USD; Domain=my-ecommerce.com; Path=/;
6. same_site_test=1; Domain=my-ecommerce.com; Path=/; Secure; SameSite=None
7. payment_verification=; Domain=my-ecommerce.com; Path=/; Secure; HttpOnly

Which of the following configuration modifications would likely solve the intermittent transaction failure issue?
A: Set SameSite=Strict attribute on all cookies.
B: Set "SameSite=None; Secure" attribute on the payment_session cookie.
C: Change the Domain attribute of payment_session cookie to my-ecommerce.com.
D: Set HttpOnly attribute on cart_id and csrf_token cookies.
E: Remove Secure attribute from user_session cookie.

Medium

Security Incident
Log Analysis
Solve
You are the security analyst for a company and are currently investigating a security incident. You found the following log entries in your HTTP server logs, which appear to be linked to the incident:

1. 192.0.2.4 - - [24/May/2023:13:15:30 +0000] "GET /wp-login.php HTTP/1.1" 200 167 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0; yie8)"
2. 192.0.2.4 - - [24/May/2023:13:15:31 +0000] "POST /wp-login.php HTTP/1.1" 302 152 "http://www.example.com/wp-login.php" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0; yie8)"
3. 192.0.2.4 - - [24/May/2023:13:15:32 +0000] "GET /wp-admin/install.php HTTP/1.1" 200 125 "http://www.example.com/wp-admin/" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0; yie8)"

Based on this information, which of the following statements are correct?
A: The attacker was unable to compromise the Wordpress login page but was successful in accessing the installation page.
B: The attacker attempted to login to a Wordpress site and, despite the login failing, was able to access the Wordpress installation page.
C: The attacker was attempting a dictionary attack on the Wordpress site and accessed the Wordpress installation page.
D: The logs indicate that the attacker was able to compromise the Wordpress login and directly access the installation page.
E: The attacker attempted to login to a Wordpress site, succeeded, and then tried to access the Wordpress installation page.

Medium

Network Traffic Anomaly
Network Traffic Analysis
Network Protocols
Solve
You are a cybersecurity engineer working on a network traffic analysis case. You have been given the following set of observations from network logs of the past 24 hours:

- Observation 1: 1,000,000 DNS requests were recorded, 50% more than the usual daily traffic.
- Observation 2: 85% of these DNS requests have the same subdomain but different domain names.
- Observation 3: For each of these DNS requests, an HTTP POST request follows immediately.
- Observation 4: No other significant anomalies were detected in the system logs.

Given these observations, what would you suspect is happening?
A: The network is experiencing a DNS amplification attack
B: There is a misconfiguration in the DNS settings
C: The system is the source of a SYN flood attack
D: A fast-flux DNS network is in operation
E: The system is infected with a DNS tunneling based malware

Medium

SQL Log Analysis
SQL Injection
Log Analysis
Solve
You are investigating a possible SQL injection attack on your company's web application. You found the following entries in the HTTP server logs:

Note that each log line contains the following information:

IP Address - Timestamp - Request URI - Request Status - Response Size
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Based on the log entries, which of the following statements are correct?
A: The attacker logged in successfully but failed to execute the SQL injection.
B: The attacker failed in the SQL injection attack.
C: The attacker failed to login but successfully accessed the admin page.
D: The attacker performed a successful SQL injection attack that dumped all product information.
E: The attacker was unsuccessful in both the SQL injection attack and the login attempt.

Medium

Misappropriation Post-Migration
DNS Management
Infrastructure Migration
Subdomain Hijacking
Solve
A software company decided to move some of their web services from one cloud provider (Vendor A) to another (Vendor B) for better cost optimization. Initially, their main web application "webapp.company.com" was hosted at IP 192.0.2.1 on Vendor A's infrastructure. As part of this transition, it was moved to IP 203.0.113.1 on Vendor B's setup. Subsequently, a secondary web service previously hosted on "serviceA.company.com" at IP 192.0.2.2 (Vendor A), was migrated and re-hosted at "serviceB.company.com" at IP 203.0.113.2 (Vendor B).

A month post-migration, the SEO team reported an unexpected spike in organic traffic to the "company.com" domain. Upon investigating, the IT team noticed unusual activity related to "serviceA.company.com" in the server access logs, including successful HTTP 200 responses from several requests. A suspicious HTTPS GET request, `GET /explicit-content.html HTTP/1.1`, was also recorded.

Running `dig +short serviceA.company.com` returned IP address 198.51.100.1. Cross-checking this information with the company's DNS records revealed:
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Based on the details provided, identify the probable cause for the unexpected increase in organic traffic:
A: The company failed to delete the DNS "A" record for "serviceB.company.com" before migration on vendor A.
B: The company failed to delete the DNS "A" record for "serviceA.company.com" after migration.
C: The company did not configure DNS record for webapp.company.com properly on Vendor B's platform.
D: The DNS configuration for serviceB.company.com is incorrect post migration
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ Skill

Medium

Cookie Security Analysis
Web Application Security
HTTP Cookies
Cross-Domain Communication

2 mins

Cyber Security
Solve

Medium

Security Incident
Log Analysis

2 mins

Cyber Security
Solve

Medium

Network Traffic Anomaly
Network Traffic Analysis
Network Protocols

2 mins

Cyber Security
Solve

Medium

SQL Log Analysis
SQL Injection
Log Analysis

2 mins

Cyber Security
Solve

Medium

Misappropriation Post-Migration
DNS Management
Infrastructure Migration
Subdomain Hijacking

3 mins

Cyber Security
Solve
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ SkillπŸ’ͺ DifficultyβŒ› Time
Cookie Security Analysis
Web Application Security
HTTP Cookies
Cross-Domain Communication
Cyber Security
Medium2 mins
Solve
Security Incident
Log Analysis
Cyber Security
Medium2 mins
Solve
Network Traffic Anomaly
Network Traffic Analysis
Network Protocols
Cyber Security
Medium2 mins
Solve
SQL Log Analysis
SQL Injection
Log Analysis
Cyber Security
Medium2 mins
Solve
Misappropriation Post-Migration
DNS Management
Infrastructure Migration
Subdomain Hijacking
Cyber Security
Medium3 mins
Solve
Reason #4

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Brandon

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.

Science behind Adaface tests
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.

invite candidates
Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

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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.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


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About the Cyber Security Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Cyber Security Assessment Test?

The Cyber Security Assessment Test makes use of scenario-based questions to test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge, ensuring that candidates who do well on this screening test have the relavant skills. The questions are designed to covered following on-the-job aspects:

  • Understanding and implementing network security protocols such as TLS and firewalls
  • Conducting port scans to assess vulnerabilities
  • Identifying and defending against cybersecurity attacks like man-in-the-middle, DoS/DDoS, and network attacks
  • Applying encryption techniques and understanding hashing algorithms for cryptography
  • Implementing SSL and HTTPS for secure web communication
  • Preventing web security threats such as SQL injections and XSS attacks

Once the test is sent to a candidate, the candidate receives a link in email to take the test. For each candidate, you will receive a detailed report with skills breakdown and benchmarks to shortlist the top candidates from your pool.

What topics are covered in the Cyber Security Assessment Test?

  • Network Security

    Network security refers to the measures taken to protect a computer network from unauthorized access, misuse, or disruption. It involves implementing protocols, such as TCP/IP, TLS, and VPNs, to secure data transmission, as well as deploying firewalls and conducting port scans to detect and block potential threats.

  • Cybersecurity Attacks

    Cybersecurity attacks are malicious activities targeted at exploiting vulnerabilities in computer systems or networks. These attacks encompass various forms, such as man-in-the-middle attacks, DoS/DDoS attacks, and network attacks. Assessing this skill is essential for evaluating a candidate's ability to identify, prevent, and mitigate cyber threats.

  • Cryptography

    Cryptography involves techniques for securing communication and data storage by converting information into a format that is unintelligible to unauthorized individuals. Hashing, SSL, and HTTPS are cryptographic measures used to ensure data integrity, confidentiality, and authentication. Evaluating a candidate's knowledge of cryptography is crucial for assessing their ability to protect sensitive information.

  • Web Security

    Web security focuses on preventing and mitigating vulnerabilities and threats specifically targeting web applications. It includes measures to mitigate common web-based attacks, such as SQL injections and cross-site scripting (XSS). Gauging a candidate's expertise in web security is essential to ensure the safeguarding of online information and prevent unauthorized access.

  • Email Security

    Email security refers to the protection of email communication from cyber threats, particularly phishing attacks. Assessing a candidate's understanding of email security is important for ensuring that they possess the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and prevent phishing attempts to protect an organization's sensitive data.

  • Malware

    Malware encompasses a range of malicious software designed to harm or exploit computer systems or networks. This includes trojans, adware, and rootkits. Evaluating a candidate's knowledge of malware is essential to determine their ability to detect, analyze, and mitigate these harmful programs.

  • Data Security

    Data security involves protecting data from unauthorized access, modification, or destruction. It includes implementing security patches, utilizing encryption techniques, and establishing regular data backups. Assessing a candidate's proficiency in data security is crucial for maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information.

  • Data Governance

    Data governance refers to the overall management of data quality, security, and privacy within an organization. It encompasses establishing policies, procedures, and controls to ensure the appropriate handling and usage of data. Assessing a candidate's understanding of data governance is important for ensuring compliance with regulations and maintaining the integrity of data.

  • Cybersecurity Defenses

    Cybersecurity defenses involve implementing protective measures and strategies to safeguard computer systems and networks from cyber threats. These defenses can include firewalls, intrusion detection systems, antivirus software, and access controls. Evaluating a candidate's knowledge of cybersecurity defenses is essential to assess their ability to implement and maintain effective security measures.

  • Risk Assessments

    Risk assessments involve identifying, analyzing, and evaluating potential risks and vulnerabilities related to information systems. This includes assessing the likelihood and potential impact of various threats and determining appropriate mitigation strategies. Assessing a candidate's skills in risk assessments is crucial for ensuring proactive identification and management of cybersecurity risks.

  • Network Tests (Penetration Tests)

    Network tests, specifically penetration tests, involve evaluating the security of a computer network by attempting to exploit vulnerabilities. This simulates real-world attack scenarios to identify weaknesses and develop strategies for improvement. Assessing a candidate's ability to conduct network tests provides insight into their proficiency in identifying and mitigating network vulnerabilities.

  • Full list of covered topics

    The actual topics of the questions in the final test will depend on your job description and requirements. However, here's a list of topics you can expect the questions for Cyber Security Assessment Test to be based on.

    Protocols
    TLS
    Firewalls
    Port Scans
    Man-in-the-middle attacks
    DoS/DDoS attacks
    Network attacks
    Cryptography
    Hashing algorithms
    SSL
    HTTPS
    Web security
    SQL injections
    XSS
    Email security
    Phishing
    Malware
    Trojans
    Adware
    Rootkits
    Data security
    Patches
    Encryption
    Backups
    Data governance
    Cybersecurity defenses
    Risk assessments
    Penetration tests

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

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Consultant
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • IT Auditor
  • Security Architect
  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst

How is the Cyber Security Assessment Test customized for senior candidates?

For intermediate/ experienced candidates, we customize the assessment questions to include advanced topics and increase the difficulty level of the questions. This might include adding questions on topics like

  • Recognizing and protecting against email phishing attacks
  • Identifying and combating different types of malware including Trojans, adware, and rootkits
  • Implementing data security measures like patches, encryption, and backups
  • Understanding the importance of data governance in maintaining data security
  • Deploying effective cybersecurity defenses to safeguard systems and networks
  • Performing risk assessments to identify potential vulnerabilities and mitigate risks
  • Conducting network tests such as penetration tests to assess system security
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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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Cyber Security Hiring 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. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

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
  • Screen proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser
  • Copy paste protection

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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