As cyber attacks increase in frequency and grow in complexity, it is crucial to run regular security testing. One of the best methods for performing a full risk assessment is a penetration test, also known as a pen test. Pen testing is an authorized cyber attack simulation used to identify weaknesses and system strengths for a comprehensive security audit. According to the National Cyber Security Center, penetration testing is “A method for gaining assurance in the security of an IT system by attempting to breach some or all of that system’s security, using the same tools and techniques as an adversary might.”
Pen testing is an important part of a full security audit, and some guidelines, like the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, require regular penetration testing. Testing should be done annually at the minimum, and more frequently in some cases. It should also be done after the implementation of new infrastructure applications or major changes to existing infrastructure and applications including changes to firewalls, firmware, patches, or software upgrades.
A penetration test is a valuable tool for determining security gaps, your system durability against threat tactics, and the impact of a compromised user on the network. By simulating a cyber attack, a penetration test shows where your system is vulnerable and offers a starting point for cyber security improvements before a cyber attack compromises your system. Through a penetration test, you can identify risks, understand how to prioritize remediation efforts, and validate security controls. Working as a security audit, the penetration test is an important step for refining your security policies and repairing vulnerabilities.
Not all pen testers are created equal. Be sure to choose a certified, proven tester for the security testing needs of your operating system. The expert security testers at Thrive perform penetration testing in a multitude of industries and organizations. We utilize the latest penetration testing tools and procedures to accurately simulate the strategies of a modern cyber attacker. After we perform the penetration test, we prioritize your security issues by risk. Our advisory team then offers remediation consulting to prevent security vulnerabilities and meet all regulations. Every aspect of our approach is NIST based to ensure we understand all of your strengths and areas of weakness. Our dedicated security team understands the full demands of your industry to help you build a unique information security program that is fully compliant.
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