When Hacking is Good For You

  
  

 

Think of cyber security as a roof over your head. It is entirely possible for the roof to look fine inside and out and keep you protected on a sunny day, but to leak from a dozen different spots during a storm. Similarly, you can invest in the best security to protect your data and network, but you won’t know how well it functions until you see it withstand a storm.

Penetration testing simulates the storm, employing an outsider to attack your network intentionally, uncovering leaks on a sunny day, ensuring that you’re protected when the rain comes. At the end of the test, security holes are identified, prioritized, and remedied before malicious hackers can find them. 

How often should you test?

Ideally, your organization should be tested about once a year or following any major changes to your IT infrastructure. Our client used penetration testing to identify potential weaknesses in their systems following an overhaul of their IT systems that moved more data and functionality to the cloud and required the acquisition of new equipment.

As part of the contract, Securance will test the network and systems for a second time in the fall, after additional changes are implemented. Read more about how our client leveraged penetration testing to enhance their cyber defenses. 

Always Check the Locks

Proper network planning and design promotes data security in theory, but penetration testing assesses your cyber security in practice, sealing any remaining leaks. You can conduct penetration testing as a stand-alone test or in conjunction with a complete IT audit/assessment.