It’s talk like a pirate day. Patch your network, not your eye.

Have you seen people walking around with peg legs and parrots on their shoulders whilst chugging down Rum with their Matey’s? If you have then you’re probably thinking you’ve woken up in Treasure Island but you’d be wrong, it’s talk like a pirate day.

I’ve seen many people dressed like pirates today and have even spoken to several people who seem to know the pirate version for every word, it’s been a laugh. However as funny as today might be, there is still a huge problem we face against pirates.

Pirates are one of the biggest threats to the UK economy. Did you know that in 2011 pirates cost the UK economy £27bn? Shiver me timbers!

As you can imagine, I don’t mean the types of pirates people are dressing up like today.

I’m talking about cyber criminals, the pirates of the internet.  Rather than surfing the seven seas looking for loot, cyber criminals are surfing the internet looking for vulnerable organisations or individuals they can steal from.

These pirates are after your gold, so what are you doing to protect yourself?

Regular penetration tests of your internet facing resources will allow you to find vulnerabilities before the pirates do. By finding these vulnerabilities first, you’ll be able to patch them up to ensure you don’t suffer an attack. If you don’t patch up your vulnerabilities then it’s not a case of if you’ll be attacked, it’s a case of when you’ll be attacked.