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, un-patched software, un-secure 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?
Below we have listed the known breaches and attacks that have taken place in January 2017 so far.
Cockrell Hill police lose years’ worth of evidence in ransom hacking
Hacker Group Claims Responsibility for Lloyds Bank Outages, Ransom Demand
St. Louis’ public library computers hacked for ransom
Computer hacker hits Illinois processor
No payoff for hackers, Arkansas school district says
Trojan malware blamed for cyberattack at Barts Health NHS hospitals
Marijuana dispensaries hit by hack of sales system
Cosmetic surgery center discloses ransomware attack
Princeton University becomes victim of MongoDB ransom attacks
Los Angeles Valley College Hit By Cyber Attack, Pays Ransom
Break-in prompts hospital to assess possible patient privacy breach
Odessa one of eight school districts targeted in e-mail phishing scam
Grey Eagle Casino employee information leaked in major privacy breach
Dirty secrets of 180,000 users of a porn site that posts ‘upskirt’ photos are leaked
Data breach affects thousands of school system employees
Telus releases Hamilton woman’s cellphone information to her stalker
218,000 AlphaBay marketplace users’ private messages acquired by bug hunter
Another child protection privacy breach names more than 30 kids in care
District 833, police investigate after student accesses private employee data
NYPD tech worker accused of selling officers’ personal info
TriHealth notifies 1,126 patients after software glitch sends statements to old addresses
Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center at Dublin hit with possible data breach
Catholic Charities of Baltimore Notifies Clients of Potential Security Incident
Complete Wellness notifies 600 patients after employee misconduct results in lost PHI
Clash of Clans Forums Accounts Have Been Hacked
CoPilot Provider Support Services notifies 220,000 of data security breach in 2015
California translation firm’s security lapse exposes sensitive files
Passwords of top Trump appointees leaked online after earlier data breaches: Report
California snafu releases personal info of nearly 4,000 gun safety instructors
Dutch Cops Warn 20,000 of Email Account Hack
5,000+ Sentara Healthcare patient records involved in security breach
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group notify parents of laptop theft
Email account with patient information at UM doctors group hacked
Summit Reinsurance Services breach affected 19,000
Hacker Steals 900 GB of Cellebrite Data
Hospital scammed for employee information
Twoplustwo poker forum hacked again; personal data stolen
ESEA hacked, 1.5 million records leaked after alleged failed extortion attempt
Letter notifies NISD employees, students of email breach
Hilliard Bradley High School hacked, students’ information exposed
Possible data breach occurred at 21 Bowlmor AMF bowling centers, including one in Henrico
POPEYES discloses payment card breach that began in May, 2016; 10 locations affected
Zimbabwe computer hacker takes $70k from OK Zim
Rsync errors lead to data breach at Canadian ISP, KWIC Internet
Hackers infiltrate govt-owned bank systems to create fake trade docs
Taipei employees’ financial data leaked
Fighting back against cyber crime
Delhi hackers, digital shoplifters who tampered data of e-commerce portals
Google Removes Ransomware-Laden App From Play Store
Paramedic supervisor charged with stealing drugs and identity theft
‘Celebgate’ hacker sentenced to nine months in prison
Mortgage loan processor stole dozens of identities