As companies store more and more of their data online, they become more vulnerable to cyber thieves. Failure to protect your data can cost companies millions.
In addition to financial losses, cyber attacks lead to reputational damage, downtime and loss of control over internal processes.
To prevent negative consequences, we recommend conducting a PenTest.
What is penetration testing?
Penetration testing is a form of ethical hacking.
Its essence lies in the deliberate launch of simulated cyber attacks by “white hat” testers. The main goal is to identify security problems and implement effective measures to eliminate them.
Security professionals may also conduct pentesting to test the reliability of an organisation's security policies, its compliance with regulatory requirements, and the organisation's ability to identify and respond to security problems and incidents.
A penetration test attempts to break through an organisation's cyber defence armour by checking for network vulnerabilities, web applications, and user security. The main thing is to find weaknesses in systems before attackers do it.
What are the types of pentest?
Depending on the level of information provided to pentesters, there are 3 testing strategies:
White box testing provides testers with all the information about the system of the organisation or the target network. Also, it checks the code and internal structure of the product under test.
- Black box testing is functional testing in which the testers do not gain any knowledge of the system. Organisations typically hire ethical hackers to black-box tests when a real-world attack is underway to gain insight into system vulnerabilities.
Grey box testing is a combination of the two previous methods. It gives testers partial system knowledge, such as low-level credentials, logic flow diagrams, and network cards. The main idea is to find potential problems with code and functionality.
What are the benefits of penetration testing?
- Find vulnerabilities in systems
- Determine how reliable system controls are
- Support for data privacy and security compliance (e.g. PCI DSS, HIPAA, GDPR)
- Provide real examples of the current state of the company's security and help management develop a remedial plan
A penetration test can be automated with security tools, or it can be done manually. To provide the information necessary for a company's ability to fix discovered vulnerabilities, these tests should identify weaknesses through which attackers can gain access to the system. This process includes collecting information about the goals, identifying potential entry points, attempting a hack, and reporting on the results.
Protecting a business from cyberattacks is expensive and can affect the relationship between a company and its customers. Cybercrime is becoming more sophisticated today, so businesses need to stay one step ahead.