November 21, 2023
Hacking is on the Rise but You Can Protect Your Business
Hacking threats are increasingly on the rise but businesses can keep their infrastructure secure using the proper reinforcements. The number one threat to businesses is hackers penetrating the defenses of unsuspecting employees, with concerned business owners calling 365 iT SOLUTIONS every week. In the 20 years that 365 iT SOLUTIONS has been in business, there has been a steady but concerning increase in cyber security threats.
“Cyber security is not just a necessity; it's the lifeblood of modern business. In a world where data is currency and information is power, safeguarding your digital assets is paramount. Security spending should not be treated as an expense but rather an investment, just imagine the cost of a breach with downtime, recovery, data leaks, ransomware,” Razmig Sagharian said.
The best defense is prevention, he adds. To start, businesses should consult with an experienced managed services provider who can help with implementing security baselines and performing penetration tests on business environments.
Security penetration testing involves evaluating your computer network for vulnerabilities and susceptibility to threats such as hackers.
The best way to ensure a company's Information Technology (IT) infrastructure remains secure and strong is to perform penetration tests regularly, at least once a year. Even though penetration testing is mostly performed by tech companies and financial services organizations, it is beneficial to all types of organizations.
What is Penetration Testing?
Through a simulated attack, pen tests can identify weak points in a system's defenses, helping organizations obtain information about ways hackers can gain unauthorized access to sensitive and/or personal information or engage in malicious activities that can lead to data breaches. Organizations can incur huge costs because of data breaches. What your organization is trying to test determines the level of access an attacker can obtain.
Penetration testing consists of five types: targeted testing, internal testing, external testing, blind testing, and double-blind testing. An attacker can gain access to an organization's system and applications in different ways based on the type of testing.
Why is Penetration Testing Important?
The cost of data breaches was surveyed by 350 organizations from 11 countries that had experienced data breaches. In addition to malicious attacks, system glitches and human errors accounted for approximately 47 percent of these incidents according to the Ponemon Institute.
Penetration Testing Preparation for a Cyber Attack
Organizations must conduct penetration tests to ensure their security because they help personnel learn how to handle any kind of malicious break-in. It is possible to evaluate the effectiveness of an organization's security policies by conducting pen tests. An organization uses them as a form of fire drill.
In addition to preventing and detecting attackers, penetration tests can also assist organizations with exfiltrating such an intruder efficiently from their system.
Penetration Testing Risk Identification
Additionally, pen tests allow you to determine what security tools to invest in or protocols to follow in your organization or application based on which channels are most at risk. As a result of this process, you may be able to uncover several key system weaknesses that you were unaware of.
Additionally, conducting penetration tests is especially important if your organization:
- IT infrastructure has recently been upgraded or modified.
- IT applications have recently been upgraded or modified.
- Relocated to a new office.
- Security patches have been applied.
- End-user policies have been modified.
- Experienced a data breach or ransomware.
“To do cyber security right, you need talented people and the right tools, it is not something you buy. A reputation is built over 20 years and ruined in a few minutes by a cyber incident,” said Sagharian.
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