Penetration testing is one of the most effective ways of establishing your current level of cyber security. While there are many different types of penetration test available – wireless, network, web application – they all work on the same principle: finding weaknesses in systems and networks.
Here are five compelling reasons to regularly conduct penetration testing:
1. Find vulnerabilities before criminals do
Cyber attacks continue to rise at an exponential rate. Part of the issue is that hacking tools are now freely available on the Internet, allowing unskilled individuals to conduct attacks. The other side of the coin is that there is also an increase in organised, well-funded criminal gangs that systematically exploit known weaknesses.
In the cyber security world, it’s a constant race to find your vulnerabilities before criminals do. The only way to stay ahead of them is to conduct regular penetration testing.
2. Meet compliance obligations
3. Reveal problems you didn’t know existed
Protection is ideal, but detection is a must. Cyber threats are constantly changing, and your networks and systems may have vulnerabilities that you were unaware of. Regular testing will ensure you stay on top of the latest threats and let you put appropriate controls in place to protect against them. By continually testing your systems and networks you can measure and improve your security posture.
4. Give senior management evidence that cyber security measures work
A constant bane for cyber security managers is proving that their expenditure on security is appropriate and cost-effective. Independent penetration testing provides detailed reports on the current state of security and enables security managers to justify spending to protect the business.
5. Reduce costs in the long term
Finding and fixing vulnerabilities is a much cheaper alternative to dealing with the consequences of a successful cyber attack. According to PwC’s 2015 Information Security Breaches Survey (ISBS), breaches cost small businesses £75-£311K and large businesses £1.46-£3.14M on average. Depending upon the type, penetration testing can cost as little as £1500.
IT Governance is a CREST member company. This means that we have been verified as meeting the rigorous standards mandated by CREST. Our full-service technical security solutions will help you to reduce your risk exposure dramatically by identifying and addressing your vulnerabilities fast, before attackers can exploit them. Explore our range of penetration testing packages below.
Our CREST-accredited testing services can be deployed by any organisation looking for better protection.
Contact us today on 0845 070 1750 to discuss your requirements.