No matter how large or small an organization is, or how robust an organization’s infrastructure is, networks and applications are vulnerable to being exploited. Organizations that are unaware of their networks’ potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities, are at risk of cyber attacks that may result in costly data breaches and theft.
To combat these vulnerabilities and evaluate the strength of their network security, organizations perform a type of network assessment called penetration testing or “ethical hacking”.
Benefits Of Penetration Testing
One of the best ways to prepare your business for a potential cyber security attack is to simulate a cyber attack internally. Penetration testing is an IT exercise that employs a cyber security specialist to attempt a cyber security attack in order to identify and exploit network vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
By performing penetration testing, organizations are able to witness how hackers could obtain access to their network and can devise a plan on how to strengthen their network security levels. Some of the most common vulnerabilities found within networks include software bugs, configuration errors and outdated software.
Security Weakness Identification
Being able to identify network security weaknesses, allows organization’s IT and network departments the ability to make strategic plans to resolve vulnerability issues before hackers are able to obtain access to their network. This type of premeditated defense can potentially save organizations from being susceptible to costly data breaches and data theft.
Security Policy Testing
In addition to identifying weaknesses within their network, penetration testing can also be used to evaluate the strength of their organization’s security policies. Highlighting weaknesses in an organization’s security policy can improve the prevention and detection of a cyber security attack.
Employee Security Awareness
Having a strong network security infrastructure can still lead to a cyber security attack if an organization’s employees are unable to identify and respond to a security breach. Preparing and training employees on how to respond and mitigate damages can greatly reduce the risk of future cyber security attacks.
Speak To The Professional IT Security Specialists
Data breaches and data theft have cost organizations thousands upon thousands of dollars, which could have been avoided by performing penetration testing. Ensure your organization’s network security, security policies and security awareness is ready for potential cyber security attacks by acquiring penetration testing services from Seaglass Technology. For more information or to book a consultation, call our penetration testing specialists at 212.886.0790 or schedule a consultation online.