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Penetration Testing: Is Your IT Security Up To Scratch?

Penetration Testing: Is Your IT Security Up To Scratch?

The year of 2020 has proved challenging in several ways, not least because of the huge increase we have seen in exposure to high-risk sites.

In fact, a report by Netskope revealed that working from home has caused a substantial 161% increase in visits to high-risk websites and apps, a significant cause for concern when we consider the vast spike in cyber-attacks that are taking advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

For this reason, it is essential that your business and its technology are safeguarded from any such attack. How can you be sure, though? How can you monitor the strength of your IT security?

Fortunately for you, there is an efficient means of doing this – Penetration Testing.

What is Penetration Testing?

Also known as ‘Pen Testing’ or ‘Ethical Hacking’, Penetration Testing is the technique used to test the security vulnerabilities of a computer system, network or web application and identify any weaknesses that an attacker could exploit. However, in addition to its primary purpose, Penetration Testing can also be used to measure the compliance of your security policy and the knowledge of your staff.

How Does it Work?

The process of Penetration Testing involves gathering information about your business (the target) before continuing to identify any entry points and attempting to ‘break in’. Your IT Provider, acting as the cyber-attacker, will then report back to you with the findings and advice on how you can secure any weaknesses.

A Penetration Test can be undertaken using either automated technology and software applications, or manually, dependent on the approach of your provider.

When Should Penetration Testing be Conducted?

As a general rule of thumb, we would recommend undertaking a Penetration Test on a regular basis, at least once a year. This will ensure that your network security remains consistent and can withhold attacks throughout the year. However, at SEBS, we understand that Penetration Testing is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution, and every business is different, so you should keep in mind several other factors when arranging your Penetration Testing Calendar.

  • The size of your business will heavily influence how often you should conduct Penetration Testing. Larger businesses, with more data, will be subject to more threats than smaller businesses.
  • The budget available to you. Penetration Testing can be a costly activity, though it is an important investment. Small businesses with smaller budgets will often test once every two years or so, whilst larger companies with bigger budgets should stick to at least once a year.
  • Regulations and compliance according to your industry. Organisations in particular sectors are required by law to conduct Penetration Testing to a set schedule.

In addition to the above, there are some circumstances in which you may benefit from immediate Penetration Testing. For example:

  • If you have made changes to the network infrastructure of your business
  • If you have made significant upgrades or modifications to any applications
  • If you have established offices in a new location

How can SEBS Help?

Your IT network security is vital to the success and growth of your business, which is why we offer a network Penetration Test. Our five-step plan will ensure you reach your goals and move towards full GDPR compliance.

1. Discovery: We will conduct a comprehensive ‘silent’ enterprise-level Network Penetration Test to identify any current security risks to your business.

2. Implementation: Upon your agreement, we will implement the required security adjustments and risk/change management procedures to ensure you are fully protected.

3. Investigation: We will undertake a full security assessment of all risks found and advise you on any adjustments that can be made and/or risk management considerations.

4. Reinforcement: Our dedicated team will conduct an ongoing review of your security status with regular tests and reviews of risk/change management procedures.

5. Ongoing Support: SEBS will provide ongoing IT support to your company, ensuring you have a reliable and secure system in place.

So, if you’re concerned about the security of your IT network and would like support or assistance in security testing, call us today on 01444 41 66 41. Our fantastic team of technicians are based in Haywards Heath, serving West Sussex and the surrounding areas, and we very much look forward to hearing from you.


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