Why Pen Tests are Crucial

Criminal hacking is an automated process: it's not a matter of if you get hacked, it's a matter of when.

Penetration testing produces management reports describing the state of your information security measures. These can be used to demonstrate that your IT spending is appropriate and cost effective, or that further investment is necessary. By using an independent third party to verify the need for greater security measures, management will have an additional justification to approve expenditure on security technologies.

Frequent penetration testing forms an essential part of any strong security regime.

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Penetration testing uncovers critical security risks

  • Vulnerabilities and types of attack are constantly evolving: finding and eliminating new vulnerabilities is an ongoing challenge.
  • Pen tests offer an independent view of the effectiveness of security processes.
  • Frequent and comprehensive testing means that emerging security risks can be discovered and prevented before they cause any damage.

Penetration testing provides a basis for information security strategy and resource allocation

  • Penetration testing offers an educated evaluation of vulnerabilities and categorises the level of risk.
  • This enables an organisation to proactively identify which vulnerabilities are most critical.
  • Remediation activities can be prioritised and security resources allocated accordingly.
  • By analysing the effectiveness of existing security solutions, penetration tests can offer a solution to justify future investments.

Penetration testing is part of a cost-effective and targeted risk mitigation approach

  • Penetration testing evaluates an organisation’s ability to protect its networks, applications and users from attackers attempting to circumvent existing security controls and gain unauthorised access to protected assets.
  • A comprehensive technical testing report about identified security vulnerabilities helps information security teams make strategic conclusions and prioritise remediation efforts.

Frequent testing enables compliance with industry standards and regulations

  • Penetration testing complies with the auditing and compliance aspects of frameworks and regulations such as ISO 27001, the PCI DSS, NIST, FISMA, HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Tests can enable an organisation to avoid penalties for non-compliance by demonstrating a commitment to security due diligence and compliance.

Penetration testing provides management teams with an overview of the level of risk to which an organisation is exposed

  • Penetration testing helps you avoid data breaches that may impact your organisation’s reputation and brand.
  • An executive summary of the test results explains the vulnerabilities and presents the risks and issues in clear, non-technical terms.
  • An on-site, business-focused presentation of test findings can give the executive team a clear view of the organisation’s risk status.

IT Governance combines expert technical skills with deep information security management expertise

  • Vast technical knowledge and deep information security experience, combined with CREST-accredited tests, mean that testing meets rigorous industry standards.
  • Testers employ multiple tools and techniques closely aligned with the Open Source Security Testing Methodology (OSSTM) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).
  • A combination of automated vulnerability scans and advanced manual tests are applied.
  • All tests begin with a detailed consultation session to identify the depth and breadth of the tests required.
  • A combination of fixed-price and bespoke penetration testing solutions means flexible, transparent prices and services. (See our levels of penetration tests.)
  • Consultants have extensive expertise in management systems and achieving certification to ISO 27001 and the PCI DSS (PCI QSA).
  • Vendor-neutral technical advice means that available resources are used wherever possible.
  • Immediate notification of any critical vulnerabilities enables the organisation to take action quickly.
  • Repeat penetration testing packages are available at a discount.
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