Penetration Testing, also known as Pen Testing is a process that involves a real-world simulated attack on a network, application or device. The main object of Pen Testing is to reveal unknown vulnerabilities that hackers/cybercriminals are able to exploit to gain unauthorised access, disrupt critical services or even steal data.
So why do we Pen Test?
– Helps identity security weakness
Pen Testing is an effective way to identify weaknesses in your network and systems. A Manual Pen Test can uncover vulnerabilities that are often missed by automated tools. These findings can be used to patch/close issues found to prevent exploitation.
– Improve Incident Response
Not only can Pen Testing highlight technical problems, it can also bring to light the efficiency of internal incident report processes. A simulated breach can be used to test how well your team responds detailing potential problems that may arise if there were to be a real attack
– Compliance requirements
Many industries have specific regulations that require Pen Testing, for example, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requires companies that process credit card payments to conduct regular Pen Testing. It can also be a common requirement when working with other businesses or when applying for frameworks and tenders.
Whatever your reason, regular Pen Testing should always be considered when evaluating your security posture. It’s better to know if there’s a chink in one’s armour by your own discovery than to find out later from an unwanted third party.
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