With the incidences and sophistication of cyber crime increasing daily it is important to understand where your vulnerabilities are. You can then take appropriate steps to secure your organisation from a potential attack.
What Is Penetration Testing?
External penetration tests look for security flaws in your network and ascertain how easy it may be for a third party to compromise your IT network or system.
A penetration test will identify key weaknesses in your systems and applications, enabling us to identify what needs to be done to improve the security of your IT system, or organisation as a whole.
Many penetration tests involve the use of automated tools and process frameworks, as well as a team of testers that can test deep into your organisation’s security.
Why Are Penetration Tests Important?
Penetration tests are useful for the following reasons:
- Penetration tests provide you with an informed evaluation report – all your security vulnerabilities and flaws are identified and categorised. You can easily identify the most critical issues and prioritise fixing these first.
- Hacking has become an automated process – even novice opportunistic hackers can gain access to IT networks and wreak havoc.
- Penetration testing will uncover unknown vulnerabilities – there may be gaps in your armoury that you didn’t even know where there. Penetration testing will identify these weaknesses so you can fix them before it’s too late.
- Uncovering vulnerabilities before an attacker does – tests reveal the weaknesses before a hacker finds them and exploits them to their advantage.
Penetration testing should be an essential element of your business continuity and cyber security plan.