A research from the annual Verizon data breach investigations report revealed that ransomware is the most popular form of malware. It has crippled NHS in 2017, infecting more than 200,000 victims. This global cyber attack is known as Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry.
The number of organizations falling prey to cyber attacks proves that security groups need to improve their defence against major attacks. Your preparedness to combat an attack starts with understanding what attacks to expect. How can you possibly choose your weapon if you do not know your enemy?
Perhaps you have implemented cyber controls. Whether or not these controls are effective remains to be a question. Controls that are implemented using traditional approaches do not provide a guarantee that security or network operations can detect malicious attempts. This is where penetration testing comes into play.
You must think like a hacker to beat one. This is the simplest way to define Advanced Penetration Tests. Testers explore the ins and outs of the IT infrastructure’s landscape to find out how an attack happens. In other words, testers mimic cyber attackers’ activities. The only difference is that they do it in a controlled manner. Using commercial tools, pen testers observe devices from the public network. They also determine the characteristics of applications, networks, and systems.
Penetration tests are intended to show how systems can be compromised. While the testing analyses the effectiveness of cyberdefense, its primary purpose is to strengthen offense.
Being an offensive starting point, penetration tests ensure that the cybersecurity plan you create can withstand attacks. However, it is also important to note that the test is not designed to patch up problems. The tests help you to detect risks by identifying vulnerabilities and providing recommendations.
Penetration testing services will show the limitations of your defenses, its level of sophistication and the effort required to complete an attack. Any company that is trying to create a successful security policy should consider penetration testing as a starting point for reviewing techniques and providing an opportunity for everyone to detect attacks.
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