Your business’ network is so important that if something were to infiltrate it that doesn’t belong there, it could wreak havoc on your whole company. One way that businesses can get their cybersecurity to a reliable place is through what is called penetration testing. This month, we thought we would briefly describe what exactly penetration testing is and how it can help your business.
Penetration testing is simply a process that tests a business’ cybersecurity preparedness against attack. Essentially, cybersecurity professionals use the playbook of a cybercriminal to find vulnerabilities in a business’ network. Doing so will expose any issues a business’ network might have so that they can effectively alter their cybersecurity strategy to ensure that their network is protected.
The pen tester typically uses the following strategies:
Once these steps are complete, they will have all the information they need to provide a business with their report. The report will include the vulnerabilities that have been identified during the test, typically itemized by potential severity, and the professional recommendation on how to adjust the cybersecurity strategy. Once the changes are made, another pen test is performed until the business has a fully secured network.
The answer comes in the form of panic. The negative results of a network breach where your clients’ data is lost, or your network is infiltrated with malicious software, are numerous, but the number one issue is that if your business is functioning with an insecure network, and it’s exposed as such, it will have negative repercussions. You will lose consumer confidence, you will spend thousands (or millions) on cleaning up a mess that you could have avoided if you had been diligent enough to just get your network tested, and made much less expensive adjustments.
If you would like to talk to one of our IT experts about penetration testing, or any other cybersecurity question you may have, reach out to XFER today at 734-927-6666 / 800-438-9337. You will be glad you did.