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Maintaining the security of your business data is more difficult and critical than ever before. Cybercrime is increasing exponentially, and it’s more sophisticated than ever before. Without the proper security testing and control measures in place, your business is under constant threat of a security breach.
External penetration testing is the first step in a security assessment. It uses the same resources that attackers use to get into networks, along with open source intelligence to determine IT security weaknesses that could compromise your data.
Sometimes, letting the people who maintain your security run the testing can warp the results because of the inherent bias of someone asked to confirm the quality of his own work. They’ll test the system in a way that confirms they did a good job. What you need is someone that can “act” like a bad guy and will try to break your security and get into your network, and that’s what you should want. You need someone impartial that can report back to you that they tried their best and used every ploy one of the bad guys would use and could not break in. NOW you know you’ve got a secure network.
Here’s an example: A few years ago we tested a large facility, and the internal IT staff was absolutely positive that their perimeter defenses were rock-solid and couldn’t be penetrated. They were positive that we could not penetrate their defenses, but we got into their network in about 5 minutes. What had they missed? Someone left the firewall password set to the manufacturer’s default and using it we “walked right in.” We didn’t even need to run a brute force password guesser to get into their network.
The tester will try to hack their way past the security in your IT system to exploit vulnerabilities. Formal and systematic testing strategies are employed and well documented.
When vulnerabilities are discovered, they will attempt to penetrate your network and/or computer systems using the same methods and techniques a criminal hacker would use.
The information discovered is used to improve your system security to minimize, if not eliminate, any potential hacker attack points.
External Penetration Testing should be part of your comprehensive risk management program to implement ongoing security improvements. Only certified professionals should perform these tests.
Your IT professional will:
If he determines weaknesses in your system, with your authorization he will:
Internal penetration testing is much the same as external pen testing. However, internal pen testing is used when it’s assumed that an attacker already has access to your IT system. Both forms of penetration testing will give you an accurate picture of the security of your computer network.
Yes… External Pen Testing should be a regular part of your IT security program, and it should be documented in a security testing policy. Hackers change their tactics almost daily. So you need to re-test your network frequently to make sure their new tactics won’t work.
The policy should detail:
You should also set standard dates for ongoing testing, such as four times a year for external systems, and twice a year for internal systems.
Penetration Testing for Cloud Computing checks your cloud system by simulating the attack from malicious code. It’s essential to make sure that a policy has been established with your Cloud Service Provider (CSP) for this.
You can look for this in your Service Level Agreement to make sure your CSP, along with your company, has taken on this responsibility.
Other Pen Testing checks include:
Cloud computing attacks like these can put your data in the Cloud at risk:
So, as you can see, you also need Penetration Testing for your Cloud data as well.
Yes… A Dark Web Scan looks for anything negative having to do with your organization. It can provide detailed info about this and help you make an informed decision about what your next steps should be.
Dark Web Scans can uncover illegal activities that may be taking place on the Dark Web that could harm your business. These include:
Your IT Service Company can do this for you. Right now we’re offering External Penetration Tests with a Bonus Dark Web Scan for $395. With the sophisticated and increasing cyber threats today, it’s a good idea for you to arrange for both.
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