New generation of web-based applications improves productivity, but can threaten an organisation’s security


Ely, England, 16 July 2012IT Governance Ltd, a leading cybersecurity management service provider, is warning organisations that they are exposed to ever greater risks resulting from new Internet-based threats being launched faster than ever. Cyber attacks are increasingly targeting “firewall friendly” applications and application layer vulnerabilities, which means organisation may be exposed to risk.

Routine ethical hacking, also known as penetration testing, is essential for identifying exploitable vulnerabilities. Once these have been identified and the potential impacts of the threats evaluated, countermeasures can be taken to reduce risks.

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, says, “Getting networks and applications tested by an ethical hacker is the only sensible way for companies to establish the level of security of their systems. With the ever-increasing risk of external attacks to websites, IT outsourcing and the adoption of new technologies including virtualisation and cloud computing, organisations have to firstly, identify cyberthreats and secondly, put control measures in place to defend themselves from these.”

Published by IT Governance, a white paper on penetration testing and ISO27001 explains in more detail the benefits of penetration testing. It can be downloaded here

Organisations can now book a Penetration Testing Standard Package or a Web Application Testing Package and save £1000.

Both the Penetration Testing Standard Package and the Web Application Testing Package include a comprehensive report indentifying vulnerabilities and recommended remedial activity. They are suitable for small companies with up to 20 externally facing IP addresses and up to four internal services running in a single organisation. One of the biggest benefits to organisations is that they can agree the scope of testing delivered for known and fixed benefits. The packages are available for a limited time only at the special price of just £1,950 each.

The security testing is conducted by a qualified ethical hacker guaranteeing quality, confidentiality and privacy.

To book a package online go to and You can also contact the friendly, helpful IT Governance service centre team on telephone number +44 (0)845 070 1750. Larger organisations can purchase penetration testing packages with a Purchase Order either by telephone or by email to

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