Everyday, we hear about successful high profile cyber attacks that have been able to exploit a vulnerability on a corporate network, resulting in the loss of valuable data to the business. Whether this is in the form of customer accounts, sensitive financial information or other personal information belonging to the staff, the question posed by company directors remains the same: How can we ensure that our IT infrastructure is secure enough to prevent these types of cyber attacks?
The answer is: you can’t but you can expose any weaknesses on your corporate network by having a pentest conducted on your IT infrastructure.
Penetration test or pentesting as it’s commonly known, is without a doubt one of the most important security activities an IT department can conduct on a regular basis. After all, a company can spend huge sums of money on an expensive IT security solution only to find that they have been infiltrated by an external hacker or piece of malicious software with relative ease.
Recently, we took on a new client who had purchased a very expensive enterprise security system. During our pen test, we realised that due to a simple oversight in the initial configuration, they had a massive vulnerability which allowed remote access to their network. Security issues like the above can be avoided by being diligent and scheduling regular pentests throughout the year. Most pentests are short to conduct in comparison to cleaning up the mess that some attackers can make.
Pentesting – facts over fiction.
Pentesting can be largely misunderstood due to a lack of purpose, direction and of course because of marketing’s many different names. You may have heard the terms network audit, security assessment, vulnerability scan, payloads, nessus etc. What they are promoting are assessment tools that fit into a more ideological state of perfect IT security protocols. In reality, companies do not have the budget or resources available for these services, so a pentest is in order.
The point to remember is, that a pentest is conclusive in that it actually penetrates your network in real life, so you have an accurate picture of the state of your IT security systems. No theoretical pieces about how your company should be safe because of xyz, it’s the practical facts of how safe you ACTUALLY are.
To conclude, us humans make mistakes in life and IT personal are no different. The problem with IT staff making mistakes; is that there can be catastrophic results for your company’s finances, reputation and for any customers should you lose their data. Your network needs to be checked for real life vulnerabilities in order to gain an accurate picture of where you stand and what you need to fix.
At Really Good Business, we conduct basic penetration testing and full penetration testing for our customers. Our pentesting services help organisations remain compliant by making sure that their network’s configuration and patch management are up to date. We take proactive and fully authorised attempts to improve your security by simulating an exploit and exploring potential vulnerable areas.
Really Good Business offer pentesting services to fully evaluate an organisation’s network, applications, endpoints and internal/external attempts to infiltrate its security points. Complementing the basic penetration tests, we will dive deeper into your network’s infrastructure to provide a full overview of potential vulnerabilities and compromised areas that hackers could exploit.
If you have any questions on our pentesting services, please contact us on +35316877185.