Top 5 Reasons Why A Business Needs Regular Pen Testing
What is penetration testing?
Penetration testing (also known as a pen test) is when a business will simulate a cyber attack against your business's computer system and network in order to investigate and identify any security vulnerabilities.
A pen test will attempt to breach a system's applications, APIs, servers and databases, in order to understand and adapt cyber security and patch any identified vulnerabilities after the system has been exploited.
Top 5 reasons why a business needs regular pen testing
Pen testing discovers major vulnerabilities
Generally, pen tests are performed on an annual basis to ensure that any major (and minor) vulnerabilities are identified within a business's computer system and network environment.
Protects critical data from future attacks
Due to the nature of pen testing, it reveals any critical gaps in cyber security and identified vulnerabilities can be patched in order to protect sensitive data from being obtained by external threats in the future.
Perspective and understanding of your systems, network and data
Pen testing offers an excellent view of how to secure systems, networks and data, and a Pentester can prioritise any vulnerabilities by low, medium to high risk. That means that a business can give priority where it’s needed most when restricted by budget and have a greater understanding of their overall risk and readiness for a cyber attack should it occur.
Compel management to enforce cyber security strategies
Many businesses need a security strategy and policies, but a lot of them don’t believe that a cyber attack will be a threat to them. That’s not the case. A pen test highlights dangers and possible breaches, which will give IT teams the confidence to report to management and leadership teams on the need for more security.
Enhance and secure your security controls
Once a pen test is complete and risks have been identified, it’s then possible to adapt cyber security and patch any identified vulnerabilities after the system has been exploited for more effective security controls.
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