Do you know where your vulnerabilities are hiding? Most likely, you do not. Prevent hacker’s from locating them for you by having regularly scheduled penetration testing.
WHAT IS PENETRATION TESTING?
A Penetration Test or otherwise called, Pen Test, is ethical hacking. This technique is used to identify, test, and highlight vulnerabilities in your security posture. IT experts perform simulated cyber-attacks on your organization to test the strengths and weaknesses of the existing security systems in place.
Pen Testing vs. Vulnerability Assessments
Many people think that pen testing is the same as a vulnerability assessment. However, they are two separate, yet equally important, tests. The vulnerability assessment provides a prioritized list of weaknesses and provides remediation recommendations. Once these gaps have been closed, you then perform a pen test. The goals of a pen test are to identify hackable systems, attempt to hack a specific system, or carry out a data breach. There are five steps in a penetration test:
- Planning & Reconnaissance
- Gaining Access
- Maintaining Access
Benefits of a Pen Test
- Quickly and effectively identify, update, and replace the parts of your system susceptible to modern hacking techniques.
- Improve the organization’s overall security posture.
- Prevent hackers from infiltrating systems.
- Avoid costly data breaches and loss of business operability.
- Mature your environment.
- Improve business continuity.
- Determine if your organization is prepared for and able to recover from attack.
- Show the strengths within your environment.
Organizations That Need a Pen Test
Companies that want to take a proactive approach to their cybersecurity.
Have completed a vulnerability assessment, closed the known gaps and is now ready to test hackability.
Companies that want to fortify their overall security posture.
Log to obtain or maintain a cyber insurance policy.
Has data compliance requirements.
Companies that want to strengthen customer trust and loyalty.