Penetration testing or ‘pen testing’ is the most effective way of demonstrating that exploitable vulnerabilities within your company’s internet-facing resources have been identified, allowing suitable patches to be applied.
The aim is to identify browser exploits, unpatched software, unsecure coding practices and weak encryption algorithms. A penetration test must be conducted by a certified ethical penetration tester, who will use their expertise to identify specific weaknesses within an organisation’s security arrangements. This involves simulating a malicious attack on an organisation’s information security arrangements, often using a combination of methods and tools.
Threats are constantly evolving and changing.
It’s not a question of if you will be attacked, but when.
Even if you are a relatively unknown organisation of little apparent interest to an attacker, criminals’ automated scans will find your presence online.
- More and more applications are directing traffic by default through http to bypass firewall rules.
- Malware can be downloaded automatically.
- Websites can be infected by code injection, cross-site scripting and other similar black-hat hacking techniques.
- Your website traffic can be hijacked.
- Blacklisting by major search engines can cause you to lose business.
It is easy for new vulnerabilities to be identified and exploited by criminal hackers. In many cases, you won’t even know that your defences have been successfully breached until it’s too late.
Which test best suits my organisation?
Here at ilicomm Technology, we present the vulnerabilities and risks to the organisation once the test has been conducted, along with recommendations for remedial action, which are displayed as facts in an easily understandable report.
Our bespoke penetration tests deliver cost-effective and practical solutions that will help you meet your legal, regulatory and contractual requirements.
Still not convinced?
The volume of data breaches and cyber attacks that marked 2015 could be appropriately described as a ‘cascade’ or ‘torrent’, or perhaps ‘maelstrom’.
There have been breaches of highly sensitive data (including that of children), targeted attacks on government agencies such as the US’s OPM and Germany’s Bundestag, and an alarming number of well-orchestrated DDoS attacks.
Money has been stolen, data has been swiped and lives have been ruined.
However, I must not fail to mention the fantastic work law enforcement agencies around the world have been putting in to bring justice down on the cyber criminals causing havoc this year. As Stuart Winter-Tear recently called it, 2015 has been the year of collaboration, and we can only hope to see the same in 2016.
By our calculations, which is counting up all of the available numbers on the stories that we have reported each month, we are at 487,731,758 leaked records in 2015. It’s very likely that the final number is significantly higher, but we know that there’s been at least 487,731,758.