One of the most crucial factors in a company’s success and resilience in the current world is the quality of their cybersecurity. But how can you tell how effective your company’s cybersecurity is?
A company typically only learns about a weakness in their defenses after it’s too late and a hacker has already leveraged that weakness to breach their network.
We provide penetration testing as a risk-free approach to test your cyber defenses against actual human attackers using the same tools and methods as a criminal hacker.
Penetration Testing Explained
Penetration testing, commonly referred to as pen testing, is a process where a third party tries to infiltrate your network to gauge how well its security is performing. This can involve putting your electronic defenses, such as firewalls and antivirus software, to the test, using social engineering to see how ready your team members are, and even pushing the limits of your on-site physical security.
If I Already Have Cybersecurity Services, Why Do I Need To Test Them?
Until your cyber defenses are put to the test against an opponent who possesses the necessary knowledge and technology, you will never be able to figure out how effective they really are. Sadly, if you wait until that point, it might already be too late.
There is no one-size-fits-all cybersecurity strategy because every company and IT network is unique. For this reason, it’s crucial to evaluate the effectiveness of your preventative measures in a real-world situation.
Fundamentally, hiring a penetration testing firm has no downsides. If your security is performing as it should, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that a hacker was unable to break through them. If you are not adequately protected, you will become aware of your weaknesses and can address them before an actual attacker has a chance to take advantage of them.
Penetration Testing Steps
- Intelligence Gathering
Our penetration tester gets as much information as they can from publicly accessible sources about your business, your employees, and your technology. Real hackers frequently use data from social media, news articles, and other sources to gather information about your company.
- Network Vulnerability Scanning
The tester uses automated tools to examine your network for open ports and other security flaws that they can exploit to obtain access to your systems.
The penetration tester will make every effort to access your network using a combination of flaws found during the scanning phase, social engineering, and other “black hat” methods. They might even try to breach your server room to test the strength of your building’s physical defenses.
- Escalating Permissions
If the pen tester can access your network, they will try to keep it that way and see if they can elevate their level of system rights to obtain access to more of your information and your organization’s infrastructure.
The systems that the penetration tester was able to compromise and how they were able to achieve this will all be detailed in a report. The pen tester will then collaborate with our cybersecurity team to address any vulnerabilities they discovered.
How Carden IT Services’ Cybersecurity Package Can Help
We have dedicated penetration testers who we trust and can help evaluate your existing cybersecurity. Alternatively, if you have hired your own penetration tester, we are happy to work with them to analyze their findings.
It is advisable to use third-party penetration testers who are unaware of your current cybersecurity in order to prevent their prior knowledge from influencing them.
Our expanded range of cybersecurity solutions includes penetration testing services. To find out more, contact our team today.