Many companies believe that they are protected against malicious cyber threats until they are hit. You cannot just rely on intuition to keep your systems secure from cyberattacks. Unless you are certain that your system is secure and that a modern-day hacker can’t bring you down, you should perform penetration testing regularly.
A penetration test, otherwise known as ethical hacking, involves a cybersecurity expert simulating an attack on your computer system to expose your weak points. Once we identify your system’s vulnerabilities, we advise you on the next best move to improve your system before the hackers get to you.
Benefits of Penetration Testing
- Prevents data breaches:If someone accesses your data, recovering it is expensive. You could lose sales, face lawsuits from clients, and, ofcourse, you might end up losing a ton of customers. Penetration testing or pen testing prevents such unfortunate scenarios by identifying areas of weakness in your system.
- Maintain customer trust:If customers know you for conducting regular pen tests and reviews to protect their data, they know they can trust you, which builds loyalty.
- Tests your preparedness:How prepared are you in case of a real cyber attack? During a penetration test, you are supposed to respond in the same way you would if an actual attack happened. If you fail to stop the white hat hackers, you can’t handle a real attack. This helps you to develop better strategies to keep off hackers.
Types of Penetration Testing
Before you hire a security service provider to conduct a penetration test, you need to understand different types of penetration tests. Ideally, the service provider will help you decide which pen test is best for your company. Some common penetration testing types include; network service penetration test, web application penetration test, wireless penetration test, social engineering penetration test, and physical penetration test.
There are also different approaches to performing pen tests. The main three methods for performing a penetration test include;
- White box test:Also known as crystal or oblique box pen testing, it involves disclosing all the network system information such as network maps and credentials to the tester. Since the tester has more details, they can conduct a thorough security audit on your system.
- Black box test: The tester is given very little or no information regarding the company’s network. The goal is to act like a real hacker in the real world and try to infiltrate the company’s network. Unlike the white box test, the black box test takes longer since the tester is uninformed and tends to be more expensive.
- Grey box test:In this case, the tester has some information, such as login credentials. With the information they already have, they are supposed to use it to access and identify defects in the network system.
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