Have your systems and applications been security tested recently? If the answer is no then there is a good chance they have, you just haven’t received a report for it. Hackers are continuously testing looking for soft points in systems and applications. They are always looking for that piece of ‘low hanging fruit’, a system/application with a well know vulnerability be it SQL Injection, out dated software or even a misconfiguration, before they strike.
The state of Security
Companies are making the headlines for the wrong reasons with a number of high profile breaches over the last year, that have shown that even big companies can be susceptible to simple hacks, Talk Talk and Ashley Madison to highlight two that made mainstream media, but did you hear about Patreon, Plan UK or even VTech data breaches. Thinking “I’m too small” to be targeted is a misguided thought, although smaller companies don’t make the mainstream headlines they do make good targets. Most small companies won’t have the resources or technology to protect their systems or even detect an attempt.
Attackers will target any company where there is the potential of financial reward, stolen personal data can be used to extort companies and customers.
System breaches are not only embarrassing, depending on the nature of the breach it can result in loss of customer confidence, severe financial penalties and ultimately closure of businesses.
Find the holes before someone else does
Testing your own systems can help prevent this happening as you can find and fix any ‘low hanging fruit’ before they do. Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Analysis are two common methods of attempting to validate the security of you systems and applications, but these are not one time events and should be done routinely, at a minimum Vulnerability Analysis should be completed quarterly and Penetration Testing should be completed annually.
Not just Technology
You can have secure applications and secure servers but it can all fail if Bob in sales opens a malicious PDF this can bypass your expensive security systems providing access to the heart of the network to a hacker. User education focused on phishing, physical intrusion or general security awareness is a key defence.
Testing your employees is just as important as testing your technology. Social engineering is the art of exploiting humans and should be considered as part of your overall security testing methodology to ensure all avenues are tested.
Testing your systems to see where you are vulnerable is the first step in protecting your business and your reputation. If you’re interested in knowing more, then click here for information on our FREE Vulnerability assessment. It’s only free for a limited period so act today and make sure you’re not the next headline story.
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