How can Penetration Testing Help your Business Security.

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Penetration testing can help to protect your business from attack.

Penetration testing is one of the best security investments a business can make. In-house IT or security lacks the objectivity to uncover and thoroughly test for the flaws that expose them to potential data breaches. Having an external ethical hacker can find outstanding and open issues. The benefit of penetration testing is being able to uncover these gaps and weaknesses so they can be quickly addressed. In other words, it gives immediate insight into how to close a hacker’s window of opportunity to compromise your business.

Penetration testing can help to identify vulnerabilities in your IT systems.

Penetration testing can be used to determine how vulnerable your assets are. It puts your security intelligence in your own hands instead of a hacker’s. It shows your security strengths and weakness, then allows you to prioritize your risk levels. If you have compliance requirements, then penetration testing helps align your organization’s security with those requirements. If you do not have compliance requirements, penetration testing is a proactive way to see and analyze the holes in your security posture. Because penetration testing is a simulated yet real-world exercise, it also gives your team a chance to have true “what if” scenarios to practice incident response and, hopefully, avoid the downtime that a breach would cost in the future.

 

How often should I use penetration testing for my business?

The most effective way to do penetration testing is to create an inventory of all your assets. B. Servers, Apps, Websites, Mobile Apps, etc. Next, you should categorize them as critical or low-value assets. Depending on the asset type, create a test plan that reflects this type of vulnerability and attack you want to test. Also, decide whether to implement
Scheduled test cases daily, weekly or monthly. This also ensures that any Configuration or code changes that introduce vulnerabilities can be detected before they are exploited.

Test new vulnerabilities at least monthly.

It may take some time to find the best rhythm. For example, it may take a year or more, to determine whether quarterly, semi-annual or annual testing is appropriate. Look at the number of newcomers and repeat every vulnerability you find. This information will help you find the best method. Of course, you also need to consider out-of-band or unplanned testing when deploying new code. Or the underlying operating system and server components are modified or updated. There are also irregular vulnerabilities such as the Apache Log4j bug have been exposed and need to be fixed.