Basic perimeter and internal vulnerability testing looks for loopholes or vulnerabilities in a computer system, application or IT platform that could enable a hacker to break into the system or distribute a virus.
The state of global cybercrime today
Global cybercrime is on the rise. With the appearance of last year’s WannaCry ransomware and major attacks like the Equifax data breech, it’s no wonder that more than 60% of professionals see cybercrime as their organization’s biggest threat.
Australia, in particular, has been a major target for cybercriminals due to its economic stability and technology use. About 60% of Australian small businesses were targets of cybercrime in 2016. The cost of global cybercrime is expected to reach $2 trillion by 2019. And with nascent technologies such as AI and blockchain opening the door to new attacks, the threats continue to grow.
The threat is real, but protection is within reach. Savvy businesses that want to protect their data and their customers must take offensive measures to ensure that hackers cannot enter their systems. Basic perimeter and internal vulnerability testing provides the insights organizations need, plus recommendations for how to patch up vulnerabilities.
How basic perimeter and internal vulnerability testing works
Testers must enter the mind of a hacker as they look for any weaknesses in a company’s system that could open the door to a hack, ransomware or malware.
Websites and emails have long been common couriers of malicious links and the entry-point for hackers. But what many people fail to realize is that threats, unbeknownst to them, could be lurking deep within their organization’s systems. Faulty software could have a number of weaknesses that make it a simple feat for hackers to gain entry to your internal systems. So no matter how many external cybersecurity measures you take, your system is still at risk of being hacked, because what’s on the inside counts just as much as what’s on the outside.
Your system’s perimeter is your first line of defense—and the entry point to your internal systems. Thus, testing requires taking stock of all your external-facing applications and programs. Computer systems, applications, hardware and all open ports must undergo an intense assessment.
Conducting an internal vulnerability scan can find the potential threats waiting to happen within your business network and firewalls. Once potential weaknesses are uncovered, the testing team creates a report advising how to remedy the situation and strengthen the perimeter. Finding vulnerabilities is crucial to building up an infrastructure that can withstand attacks.
How does basic perimeter and vulnerability testing fit into a bigger cybersecurity plan?
Basic perimeter and vulnerability testing not only tests your first levels of protection, but also outlines actionable steps to amp up your security. Finding and eliminating the threats of malware, ransomware and data breaches can build trust both within your company and with your customers.
But it’s just the first step. To maximize security on all fronts, basic perimeter and vulnerability testing should be incorporated into a larger, all-encompassing cybersecurity plan that consistently seeks out and patches weaknesses before they take you down.
Now is the time to strengthen your company’s security through perimeter and vulnerability testing and beyond. Check out these cybersecurity best practices for more on preventing security breaches.