Ely, England, 20 August 2012 – IT Governance, the cybersecurity experts, have today advised that organisations that are not testing their IT systems and web applications regularly are likely to pay a high price in the event of a security breach. Penetration testing, also known as ethical hacking, is aimed to ensure that an organisation’s networks and applications are genuinely secure against today’s automated cyber attacks.
Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, says, '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.'
A recent Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon found that 92% of incidents were first discovered by a third party. This indicates that companies are not aware of their own vulnerabilities and aren’t realising they are at risk.
Calder continues, ‘What organisations need to grasp is that they save money by conducting penetration testing regularly. A data breach can cost them tens of thousands of pounds, let alone the reputation damage. The cost of conducting a penetration test is minimal in comparison to the cost of a data breach.’