A penetration test involves a team of security experts performing an authorized simulated cyber attack on your computer systems or network. The overarching goal of ethical hacking is to test your existing security controls while pinpointing exploitable vulnerabilities that hackers may be able to use to gain access to your system. By subjecting your system to the rigors of a real-world cyber attack, you can be confident that your network is prepared to defend against anything cyber criminals may use to exploit your business operations.
If penetration security testing sounds like something your business may benefit from, here are five crucial considerations to help you decide if a simulated attack could help you bolster your network defenses.
1. Prioritize Security Threats
Penetration testing tools objectively evaluate the ability of your business to defend applications, users, networks, and communications from both internal and external threats. By evaluating each of these threats individually and objectively, your organization can gain a clearer picture of which threats pose the most significant risk to your operation. With a clear report of all vulnerabilities, you can go about deploying remediation tactics more strategically.
2. Minimize Network Downtime
By proactively testing your network for potential loopholes, you can minimize the risk of network downtime due to a security breach. Network downtime means lost time, revenue, and customer interactions that you can’t get back. A penetration test helps you avoid these setbacks by addressing issues before they become major obstacles.
3. Guarantee Compliance
If you work in an industry with specific compliance standards, you understand the difficulties of maintaining a network that protects your business as much as it does your data. Noncompliance fines and lawsuits can cost companies thousands to millions of dollars in the event of a security breach. Penetration testing offers the most up-to-date and thorough assessment of your network threats, so you can be confident that your network meets or exceeds compliance requirements.
4. Boost Image and Loyalty
When a well-known company exposes confidential company data, people take notice. In today’s world, a tarnished reputation can make it difficult for companies to bounce back after a cyber attack that compromises data. Penetration testing is a critical strategy to ensure that both your network and reputation stay protected. You can even attract a new market of potential clients who select business partners that prioritize security measures.
5. An Objective Opinion
When you hire a team of ethical hackers to perform external testing, you’re gaining an outside perspective that your in-house team may miss. Because a third party can look for vulnerabilities that you may have overlooked, you’re gaining valuable insight from security professionals with a fresh outlook. When a team outside of your organization identifies issues with your network, management is typically more inclined to listen and take action. Third-party reports from experts tend to have more sway on management decisions.
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