Security Services - External Penetration Testing

Importance of Safeguarding Data

As new regulations and fines have been introduced, the importance of information security has risen up the priority list. Protecting the company’s assets extend far beyond the network, website, email server, firewall, router and switch hardware.  By conducting regular External Penetration and Internal Vulnerability Testing organizations can ensure that information and network assets remain safeguarded from unauthorized access and abuse.  Some industries such as those in healthcare, finance, and education, must comply with legislation such as HIPAA, GLBA, and PCI among others, which require frequent and reoccurring testing.

 

Hackers come in all shapes and sizes, operating individually or in organized cyber gangs to find and exploit gaps in security programs. Their prize may be your client lists, customer credit card information, employee compensation data, student or patient information, competitive business plans–even your email addresses. Their goal may be to embarrass your organization by defacing your website, crash your corporate servers, or resell your valuable corporate secrets.

Things to consider:

99% of firewall breaches will be caused by simple firewall misconfigurations.*  A misconfigured firewall can be exploited to expose your entire internal network and business assets. 

Hackers are actively scanning large volumes of networks for vulnerabilities they can exploit.  The net of companies can be cast wide since these scans are automated and success can prove to be very lucrative in the black market. 

Outdated SSL Certificates can negatively impact how secure a user perceives a website.  It also puts the company’s website and user’s identity at risk of attacks such as man-in-the-middle where the attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communication between two parties who believe they are directly communicating with each other.

How IT Teams benefit from External Penetration Test

Timely and regular Security Assessments such as External Penetration and Internal Vulnerability testing will reveal vulnerabilities and a host of other risks and enable you to take the necessary actions to neutralize them.  The results enable IT resources to be allocated and prioritize remediation.

 

Here is what you can expect during the testing:

  •      Identify all internet-facing services present within your network
  •      Perform remote scans and testing to determine if known vulnerabilities can be detected in internet-facing hosts
  •      Thorough, repetitive assessment of external client defenses
  •      Actionable recommendations prioritized by severity to facilitate delegation of remediation activities
  •      Provide an objective, expert view of your external security landscape

Timely and regular Security Assessments such as External Penetration and Internal Vulnerability testing will reveal vulnerabilities and a host of other risks and enable you to take the necessary actions to neutralize them.  Here are just a few ways an External Penetration Test can help your IT Teams prioritize remediations:

 The risk of cyber security impacts individuals to small business to enterprise level corporations.  It is vital to know which vulnerabilities exist in your network and be able to focus your resources on addressing those gaps. 

Get started by getting connected with a SECNAP security expert. 

*Gartner | One Brand of Firewall Is a Best Practice for Most Enterprises

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