Advanced cyber penetration testing identifies gaps in system security, network security, employee knowledge and training, and then provides recommendations for mitigating those risks. Penetration testing is considered a foundational element of a proactive cyber security strategy.
The state of global cybercrime today
Cybercrime is one of the world’s fastest growing threats. In 2016, 32% of companies around the world reported cyberattacks, according to the security industry. During that same year, 60% of Australian small businesses became targets for cyber criminals. By 2019, the cost of global cybercrime is expected to reach $2 trillion.
Not surprisingly, more companies than ever are developing strategies to prevent and fight attacks. But even as more than 60% of professionals say cybercrime has become their organization’s biggest threat, the majority of people continue to click on unknown links in emails. And with hackers getting more intelligent by the day, it’s no longer enough to simply respond to attacks as they come.
To get proactive about cybersecurity, savvy businesses use tools like Advanced Cyber Penetration Testing, which identifies vulnerabilities and provides recommendations on how to mitigate risk.
How Advanced Cyber Penetration Testing works
Advanced Cyber Penetration Tests use a cyberattacker’s methods to thwart attempts at attacks. Just as cybercriminals take a high-level look at the technical infrastructure to determine their next move, pen testers explore the intricacies of the technical landscape to uncover an attack before it happens. By applying the same strategies and tools that attackers use to find vulnerabilities in public networks and devices, testers are able to uncover information about networks, systems and applications that are prime for attack.
What Pen Tests do and don’t do
Pen tests provide an offensive starting point for securing a company’s system. They aren’t meant to fix the problem, only to find them. Pen tests will expose if a system can be compromised or is otherwise not as secure as a business might think. Although these tests don’t seek out root causes or patch them up, they do pinpoint vulnerabilities and provide recommendation for how to correct and mitigate any risks.
Not all pen tests are created equal
It may be tempting to simply find the cheapest test available. But saving money is pointless if it doesn’t uncover hidden vulnerabilities or provide recommendations on how to secure your system. To get the most of your testing, evaluate the tester and the terms.
All penetration tests utilize a standard set of tools. However, it’s critical to have an experienced tester who thinks like a hacker does—using these tools but not relying on them alone. Hackers are constantly formulating new ways of gaining access to a system. Pen testers have to embody the same “hacker ingenuity”—thinking critically in an “out of the box” way.
Although the person behind the testing is crucial, it’s also important to understand the contractual agreements, scope, goals and objectives that your tester is working with. To get the most out of your pen testing, make sure you understand the fine print and depth of the testing.
How does penetration testing fit into a bigger cybersecurity plan?
Penetration testing must be the starting point for any successful security policy. Finding weaknesses is crucial to protecting your company against malware, ransomware and other malicious attempts at stealing data or harming your system. But insights must be followed by action. When combined with a comprehensive cybersecurity plan, penetration testing can provide a strong foundation for identifying, and fixing, vulnerabilities before an attack takes place.
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