Cyber Security – Penetration Testing (Ethical Hacking)
Put simply, penetration testing simulates real world attacks. A penetration tester will adopt the role of a hacker and set about invading your network or attempt to breach your application(s) and, if successful, will let you know what they did and how to stop others from doing it. This approach is often referred to as ethical hacking
A penetration test will let you know precisely how secure your systems are at the time of the test, allowing you to adapt accordingly. A penetration test will give you a run-down of vulnerabilities found within your network along with the relevant remediation advice. If a penetration tester can compromise an app, a machine or server, then a malicious hacker can too
Cyber attacks to organizations is on the rise worldwide and South Africa has not been left unscathed
The following quotes was taking out of a recently published article from Fin24:
“According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), SA currently has the third-highest number of cyber-crime victims worldwide – with the country losing an estimated R2.2bn a year to cyber-attacks.” “These statistics might just be the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Most local experts very quickly point out that the majority of cyber-attacks on small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) go unreported.” “As a result, there is no reliable way of measuring how much damage, whether financial, reputational or otherwise, is really being done”
“Companies and business leaders are afraid that if they do report cybercrimes to authorities, they will not remain anonymous.” “The reputational risk thus outweighs everything, because, the thinking goes, if customers were to find out about a breach, the business would face ruin.”
Do I need penetration testing?
Regular penetration tests are certainly recommended for any organisation wanting to keep tabs on their cyber health. Any money spent on a penetration test will cost less than a major breach or the compromising of your site, which can lead to serious down time. What’s more, with GDPR coming into effect, it’s essential that you can demonstrate you are maintaining the highest level of cyber security. The only way to truly get a detailed view of your current security posture is via a penetration test.
Contact us today to minimize your risks in becoming the next victim