What is penetration testing and why is it imperative for any company to carry out?

Companies seem to be at greater risk of potential data breaches and information leaks than they have ever been previously. The Government’s Information Security Breaches Survey, published in June of last year, shows that a huge 90% of large organisations in the UK that responded to the survey reported a security breach of some kind in 2015, along with 74% of small and medium-sized businesses.

Cyber criminals are getting more sophisticated at penetrating an organisation’s infrastructure and accessing valuable information, so it is of critical importance to keep on top of your own firm’s security.

Sec-Tec offers businesses a comprehensive penetration testing service that can identify the kinks in their infrastructure. From there, we can assist in the rectification of identified issues and protecting the business in question from cyber-attacks.

A safe way to identify vulnerabilities

Penetration testing simulates a cyber-attack, but without stealing or compromising any of a company’s information.

The process begins with a review of any available public information sources that may have a detrimental effect on a company’s security, followed by technical assessment of an organisation’s security controls. Once a vulnerability has been found, this will be reported, with the process then repeating itself to build up a list of attack points within the system.

A number of different methodologies can be employed: “White Box” testing provides the testing team with information regarding the system. This is provided in order to reduce the time and cost of the overall project. ”Black Box” testing provides no addition information to the testing team than that which is publicly available. Each has its merits.

Basically, a penetration test will identify the holes in a business’s security that a hacker may be able to find in the future. By finding the weaknesses in your business’s infrastructure before a malicious hacker does, you can plug such vulnerabilities and better shield your business from harm.

Keep your infrastructure secure with Sec-Tec’s penetration testing

Sec-Tec’s penetration testing services encompass comprehensive security assessments of every digital aspect of your business, including its infrastructure, web applications, Wi-Fi and even desktop security.

Find out more on our website about the various security checks that we can perform for your business, or contact us via email or phone to discuss your organisation’s exact security requirements in greater detail.