Evaluate Effectiveness of Technologies

Penetration testing is a good way to evaluate the effectiveness of preventative technologies and controls that the firm has put into place to defend against a cyber-attack.

Simulated Cyber Attack

A penetration test is a simulated cyber-attack on your network to check for exploitable vulnerabilities. A penetration test is conducted by an ethical hacker to assess your IT infrastructure and security by safely attempting to exploit vulnerabilities over a period of time.

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Social Engineering Techniques

Penetration tests utilize both manual and automated technologies to attempt to compromise servers, applications, endpoints, web applications, mobile devices, network devices, wireless networks, wireless devices and other potential entry points to a network. Human error is the most common vulnerability exploited by attackers. To test this at your firm, employ social engineering techniques that can be used to exploit individuals.

 

Simulated Cyber Attack

Once a penetration test is concluded, reporting and remediation are essential. Reports should detail exploited security vulnerabilities during the testing window. Once a report is received, a strategic roadmap should be put in place to identify and prioritize the remediation that will take place.

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Risk-Based Penetration Tests

Penetration tests are much more valuable once a Firm has an ongoing vulnerability management solution in place. This way penetration tests can be risk-based, instead of all encompassing.

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Conducting a Penetration Test

When is it appropriate to conduct a penetration test?  Below are a few occasions where a penetration test would be beneficial:

New network or infrastructure additions are made

Upgrades or mass changes to systems or applications are made

Firm policies are modified

New Office locations are introduced to the Firm

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