Why Penetration Testing or Ethical Hacking?
With the advent and inevitable rise of technology, there is a strong suspicion, that computers will outlive humans in no time. There are hundreds of new advancements made in the field of technology, every week. This is encouraging people to depend more on their electronic devices, be it a laptop, a phone, tablets or even a vacuum machine. All of these devices, plus the internet, was only created to help mankind and make their life easier on a day to day basis.
However, with every recent advancement, there is a constant threat or fear of your information being leaked out, or your profile getting hacked, or your bank accounts becoming empty in minutes, all due to the unfortunate increase in cybercrimes. Cybercrimes include any crimes which involve technology and the internet, like computers, laptops, phones, etc. For this very reason, there is a rising need of cyber security which would protect you from such unlucky incidents. Cyber security helps in protecting all information, systems, and devices, from getting stolen or hacked.
It’s not IF you get hacked, it’s a matter of WHEN you get hacked.
What can we do?
The need for cyber security has become mandatory nowadays. Hacking has become fairly common, stealing identities online, getting illegal access to other people or company’s systems and even tampering with someone else’s data, is occurring everywhere in the world. Hence, hiring a good cyber security team or individual even, is ideal. Cyber security companies work to protect any kind of misuse of cyberspace. Not just individuals, but also small- or large-scale companies get targeted now. Even rival companies, seeking to erase or disrupt market competition, or any employee leaking classified information, intentionally or unintentionally, all can be avoided by hiring an experienced cyber security team.
A great example of the implementation of stern security measures can be seen in the form of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). HIPAA ensures that private medical information and patient/employee data is well secured and protected in all hospitals of major states. If any breach is noted in the system, the concerned individuals should report it to the respective security teams hired by hospitals.
Similarly, The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is responsible for providing safety and protection to all credit or debit card holders and it applies to all businesses and companies accepting card transactions. This way, major credit card fraud schemes can be avoided.
How can we increase your security?
A smart way to find out if your company’s systems are easily penetrable and can be hacked without difficulty, is by performing ethical hacking practices from an external network, which is also called Pen-testing. Pen-testing is a great way of finding any flaws or loopholes in your security system. This is done by purposely attacking the system and finding out its weaknesses. Another approach can be do to implement regular Wi-Fi auditing. In this process, the networks are evaluated thoroughly to confirm if the Wi-Fi network is working safely and efficiently. Another strongly recommended approach is to perform a vulnerability assessment. The vulnerability assessment is performed from the inside of the network, providing a full view of the flaws within the network. Once a detailed vulnerability assessment has been conducted, then all the vulnerabilities discovered can be addressed and mitigated. This could afterwards be followed by compliance auditing, where your business’s protocols and privacy protection laws are evaluated and checked upon, whether they are being properly implemented or not. With this, a maintainable security posture, check and balance can be kept.
By hiring cyber security services, not only will you be able to save your company from innumerable hacking, fraud, negligence or data theft attempts, but will also be able to prevent multiple legal problems. It is always better to be safe than sorry.