Written by Mohamed Faiz P T
Cybersecurity is a practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. High-profile security breaches still dominate media headlines. This trend places an increasing number of businesses at risk. Malicious hackers are actively developing new and more sophisticated varieties of attacks every single day. Hackers continue to steal countless records and billions of dollars at an alarming frequency.
Having anti-virus software and a firewall, as well as assuming that your business is secure, is no longer enough. Modern businesses require an advanced approach to security. They need to test their resistance to cyber threats and build highly effective defense mechanisms and remediation strategies.
The solution to protecting your business from cybercriminals is conducting detailed Vulnerability Assessments; and Penetration Testing is one of the important strategies to detect and remediate weakness in IT systems, networks and applications.
Penetration Testing is an approach to assess security before an attacker does. Penetration testing simulates real-world attack scenarios to discover and exploit security gaps. By exploiting security vulnerabilities, Pen Testing helps to identify a way to best mitigate and protect your vital business data from future cybersecurity attacks.
Here are some reasons why pen testing is essential for the organization’s health and security.
1. Identify vulnerabilities before cybercriminals do.
A Penetration Test offers the ability to securely test the system’s resistance to external hacking attempts. Penetration testing should be conducted before deploying to production or live environments for new applications, and for existing, it has to be done periodically. This will help them to identify and validate potential security loopholes in your IT systems before cybercriminals can make use of them and successfully bring new products to the market.
2. Financial and reputational losses
A Penetration Test is a proactive solution for identifying the areas of weakness in IT systems and for preventing businesses from serious financial and reputational losses. However, to maintain better security posture for Systems and Applications, conduct Penetration testing periodically and especially after major changes and releases, and based on the adequate level of risk assessments.
3. Enable Compliance with Security Regulations
Periodic and regular Penetration Testing is mandatory to maintain and comply with international standards and regulations such as, PCI, HIPAA and ISO 27001, and avoid the heavy fines associated with non-compliance.
Hence, conducting periodic Cybersecurity Penetration Testing helps in assessing and maintaining better Cybersecurity posture, and delivering value to businesses such as safeguarding brand reputation, enhanced customer confidence, secured service delivery, adequate protection of business information and assets, and compliance to regulatory and global standards.