A cyberattack can be devastating to any business, but it can be especially damaging to companies in the hospitality, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. These industries are particularly vulnerable because they store sensitive data and are subject to strict privacy regulations.
The complexity of cybersecurity protection has been growing for years, and there are now many components to manage. Penetration testing can provide insight about where your cybersecurity succeeds and where it can be improved. The team at CorCystems Managed IT Services works with clients in CT and in NY from Danbury to Stamford, from White Plains to Bridgeport.
Penetration testing (or pen testing) is a cybersecurity exercise that involves the use of hacker tools and techniques to identify real-world vulnerabilities in an organization’s network and computer systems. Basically, the penetration tester(s) is simulating a cybersecurity attack by an external (or internal) entity. A penetration testing assessment will involve a team of cybersecurity professionals trying to gain access to sensitive data and network resources by exploiting security gaps within your:
While the goal of a normal hacker is to exploit a company’s systemic weaknesses for their own self-interest, pen testing is performed ethically in order to assess and address a company’s cybersecurity risk.
If a penetration testing intrusion is “successful,” the cybersecurity testing firm should provide formal documentation to the client. This documentation should include specific details surfaced regarding the network or computer system’s vulnerabilities and any recommendations that will mitigate any potential risk in the future. The recommended cybersecurity support services can vary relative to the type of penetration test performed.
Although, a hacker’s cyber threats mainly operate in a world of 1s and 0s, they’re exploiting more than vulnerabilities in code. As a result, there are many different types of penetration tests, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
The types of penetration tests include:
Penetration testing can be performed manually or automatically with the use of software tools. A thorough penetration test will usually include a hybrid approach. While some of these tests focus on technological weaknesses at a company, others focus on the human element.
Penetration testing is a common practice within the IT industry. Despite this pervasiveness, there is a set of Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES) to ensure penetration testing is executed in a structured and rigorous manner with a common language and scope. Following are the 7 main sections defined by the pen testing standard:
Penetration testing works by attempting to find vulnerabilities in your company’s IT defensive measures (e.g. web application firewalls). In other words, you allow yourself to be “hacked” by us for the sake of learning your weaknesses. This is more than simply a scan that checks off the boxes.
Strengthening your company’s cybersecurity is accomplished by being one step ahead of cyber criminals. This requires an experienced eye to see and assess the results of your penetration test. Don’t wait for malicious hackers to discover where your company’s vulnerable.
When it comes to our clients’ business, we’re always alert with our 24/7 customer support and network monitoring systems, especially in our hyper-connected app-based world. These increased connections mean information and business is happening faster than ever. That that increased connection means increased opportunities for exposure to cybersecurity threats.
After CorCystems Managed IT Services runs a few penetration tests—either automated by software or conducted by humans—you will have reports that can guide your IT team (or us) on how to improve security. With improved security, you’re less likely to suffer from data breaches and cyberattacks. Running regular penetration tests can be key in keeping your company’s cybersecurity updated.
We proudly offer penetration testing for businesses throughout the Greater Ridgefield area, including Connecticut and New York. Our managed IT solutions extend to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as the internal IT teams of larger companies.
We proudly offer penetration testing for businesses throughout the Greater Ridgefield area, including Connecticut and New York.
Our solutions include various steps and options, such as:
IT security threats are a serious risk to the continuity and success of your business. The good news is that you can rest easy with the knowledge that CorCystems is vigilantly protecting your business. Since 2000, our team of data security experts has successfully helped dozens of businesses in Connecticut and New York. Our team is ready and waiting for your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reach us at (203) 431-1341.