Penetration Testing on Demand: The Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity
In order to survive in the cybersecurity battle, it is essential to be truly proactive.
Waiting for events to unfold and then making a move will get you killed in this game. You don’t want to be the person who sleeps with a baseball bat beside the bed and the front door open at night. The day will come when you will wake up and see all your property is gone, and you won’t have heard a thing. By the time you notice something, you’ve probably already taken much damage or you may not have noticed the damage until weeks or months later.
Approximately 70% of organizations say they believe their security risk has increased significantly during the last few years. According to reports, A new organization fell victim to ransomware every 14 seconds in 2019, and will probably be doing so every 11 seconds in 2021.
A bit scary, right?
Fortunately, there are already plans in place for solutions.
Better to Prevent than to Cure
Today’s digitally connected world requires businesses to implement effective security and risk management solutions to protect data against attacks. It is impossible to verify how your defense system will perform unless it is tested prior to a real incident in a penetration test.
A penetration test, also known as a pen test, simulates a hacker attack on a network, system, application or website. It helps you identify existing vulnerabilities and weaknesses before hackers pick them up and exploit them.
As part of this process, Simulations of real-world attacks will be conducted against the assets you configure within the solution, and identified vulnerabilities will be outlined in a detailed vulnerability report along with specific remediation steps.
Despite the sophistication of automated penetration tests, they cannot detect every vulnerability. There are times when a manual tester’s skills and insights are required to find complex authorization issues or business logic flaws.
On-demand penetration tests and vulnerability assessments are scaled to meet the needs of your business. To ensure sophisticated security and protection, you can perform rapid vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to find any security flaws and fix them. As part of this comprehensive approach, the penetration test not only identifies security vulnerabilities, but also identifies business logic vulnerabilities and provides security checklists based on industry standards.
Penetration Tests Fall into Two Main Categories:
External Penetration Test
External penetration tests target assets of a company that could be accessed by the outside world. The goal is to gain access and extract valuable data.
Testing websites & web applications, VOIP infrastructure, frontal servers & applications and Firewall/IDS/IPS bypass testing are examples of this approach.
Internal Penetration Test
Internal penetration testing helps to identify and analyze how far an attacker can literally move through a network once an external breach has occurred. The test is generally concluded when either the attacker gains control over the organization’s most valuable data or domain admin access is gained.
Malicious employee activity simulation, Privilege escalation attack simulation, Phishing attack simulation and Security testing of wireless networks are examples to name a few.
What Are the Results?
By performing an effective pen test, you’ll be able to assess whether your organization is protected effectively against hackers and, if not, what to do in order to reduce risks to your organization. Detailed vulnerability reports will deliver an overview of high, medium, and low risks found and exploited with remediation guidance.
You will get the answers of following questions:
· How secure is your corporate network and information?
· What are the strengths, weaknesses, and risks of your current security solutions?
· What are the most significant IT risks facing your business today?
· Is there any way you could improve the security of your business assets?
· How does investing in information security affect the perception of your company?
Cybersecurity Over the Past Decade: What Have We Learned?
Cyberspace is dynamic, and cyberattacks will continue to get more complex and sophisticated as time goes on. Since the turn of the century, cybercrime has continued to grow and evolve rapidly – turning what was once considered a cottage industry into a big business. There was nothing like 1970 in 1980 and since then, almost everything has changed every decade. With the Internet and globalization, cultural shifts have become less abrupt, but when it comes to cyber security, 2010 seems like a lifetime ago.
Today’s global headlines are saturated with stories about cybercrime. Malicious programs and techniques are developed by cybercriminals, which has led to higher crime rates and increased attacks per day. A massive amount of money has been lost.
Let’s face it. There is no escape from cyber-attacks, no matter what the company or industry. Every minute, $2,900,000 is lost to cybercrime and top companies pay $25 per minute due to cyber security breaches. (riskiq)
A report by cybersecurity ventures predicted that cybercrime would cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. Therefore, it has been a challenge to stay one step ahead of the criminals at all times.
10 years ago, the number of organizations with a dedicated executive and security team to handle their security operations was not as prevalent as it is today. As a result, security was almost always overlooked or ignored. Currently, the situation is not the same. It’s either organizations build security capabilities internally or outsource security operations to trusted vendors.
In order to prepare for the coming era of cybercrime, users must become aware of the types of threats in the wild – and understand how to defend themselves. A clear and consistent security plan, interior training and a well-qualified security partner are what every organization needs to battle cybercrime today, as well as tomorrow.
SecureBug: Your Reliable Pen testing Partner
Here at SecureBug, we offer penetration testing on-demand as an add-on service to our risk management offerings. Our on-demand penetration testing delivers a blend of proven practices and highly skilled testers aimed at reducing costs and risks, achieving high satisfaction and consistency. In this way, we enable our clients to obtain coverage throughout their entire digital lifecycle.