One of the major concerns for any service organization today is cybersecurity. The organizations that are not acquainted with cyber-attacks and its following consequences get easily victimized by such attacks. Therefore, if you want to make your organization secure then you must focus more upon the comprehensive testing techniques. One of the most effective testing approaches for assessing the existing position of your organization’s security system is penetration testing which is also known as “Pen-Testing”.
What is Penetration Testing all about?
Penetration testing is a technique that identifies the vulnerabilities and risks in a system that may affect the integrity, confidentiality and availability of the data stored by competing with a real attack. Organizations employ security analysts who work as ethical hackers and help in identifying the uncovered security loopholes within the system. What makes a penetration tester different from an attacker is permission. A penetration tester has consent from the owner of the computing resources which are being tested and are accountable for providing a report. The aim of the pen test is validating current security implementation and identifying the vulnerabilities with an updated set of attacks.
Reasons to Perform Penetration Testing
Usually, a penetration testing is performed to find out the vulnerabilities within a system and fix them before it gets victimized by cyber-attacks. The following are some of the prime reasons for performing pen-testing. Have a look –
- To meet GDPR compliance –
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation that affects the companies that works or does business within European Union or with its citizens. Under this regulation if any organization gets hacked and loses personal data due to poor cybersecurity, it faces larger fines and penalties. A penetration test can help you avoid such fines and penalties by exposing the weaknesses within your system so that you can fix them up to ensure that you data is safe and hence your organization complies with GDPR.
- To maintain confidentiality, revenue and goodwill –
When you fail to protect the confidentiality of your organization’s data, it can result in a loss of goodwill and legal consequences. A cyber-attack can hamper the accounting records which will ultimately affect the revenue of your organization adversely. With the help of penetration testing, you can discover the amount of time taken for an attacker to breach the system as well as helps in preparing strong security to re-facilitate the threat.
- To authenticate secure configurations –
The penetration testing reports authenticates the job performed by the security team of an organization. It acts as a confirming agent to check if the security of the system is providing a view that is lacking the internal preferences. Also pen-testing can measure the efficiency of the team as security operators along with identifying the loopholes in the system.
- To train network staffs –
Penetration testing makes the network staffs of an organization to recognize and respond to the attacks made on networks properly.
- To test new technology implementation –
Testing any new technology before it is implemented helps a lot in securing the system. When penetration testing is performed on new technologies before they are implemented saves a lot of time and money as it fixes the vulnerabilities and loopholes easily before the application goes live.
We at SCP Academy provide security training in Limassol that includes penetration testing for IT security. Our course primarily focuses on the principles and techniques of Information Technology Security and helps the candidates to understand the approach of a hacker and exploit their targets efficiently. With this course we make our candidates confident in dealing with real-time hacker techniques and finding the vulnerabilities and mitigating them proactively.