What is penetration testing?
Penetration testing, or penetration testing, is an attempt to assess the safety of an IT infrastructure by safely exploiting vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can exist in the operating system, services, applications, misconfiguration, or risky end-user behavior. These assessments are also beneficial for verifying the effectiveness of protection mechanisms and end-user compliance with security policies.
Penetration testing typically employs manual or automated techniques to systematically yield servers, endpoints, web credentials, wireless networks, network tools, mobile devices, and other potential hotspots.
Advantages of a penetration test
- Manage your vulnerabilities wisely
Penetration testing is often done in conjunction with vulnerability scans to help understand what the data means. It allows organizations to align their security strategies better and address the most significant risks first. The information gathered through penetration testing can help you prioritize fixes more intelligently, apply the necessary security fixes, and allocate security resources where they are most needed.
- Avoid network downtime
Suppose you fall victim to a malicious actor when your sensitive data is misused. But you have to deal with more than just trying to recover your data. A violation may result in loss of your information (or the information of the person you are providing services to) as well as disruption of business operations, depending on the severity of the violation.
- Follow the rules and avoid fines
As a business, there are many different requirements that you need to meet. By hiring a penetration testing company and conducting penetration testing in your organization, you can avoid costly fines. And yes, this avoids the penalty, but it’s still a good idea to use your data to go beyond the requirements and move your organization further.
These tests help organizations proactively identify foundation (hardware), applications (software), and workforce weaknesses to develop efficient controls to cope with the ever-changing and ever-changing cyber threat landscape.