A penetration or pen test is a simulated cyberattack against a computer system. They are designed to test the effectiveness of a system's defenses and adherence to best practices. Read more to learn each area the test focuses on.
June 4, 2021
A penetration or pen test is a simulated cyberattack against a computer system. These tests look for vulnerabilities that can be exploited, such as operating system weaknesses, misconfigurations, or end-user actions. They are designed to test the effectiveness of a system's defenses and adherence to best practices. Each test focuses on a different area of vulnerability. For example,
Penetration tests attempt to take advantage of vulnerabilities, much like bad actors who try to compromise a network, resulting in operational disruption, loss of data, or financial loss.
Many people still envision hackers as loosely organized groups that cruise cyberspace looking for possible targets. Because of this vision, many do not take cybersecurity as seriously as they should. For example, 60% of breaches resulted from exploited vulnerabilities for which a patch was available but not installed. And 94% of malware was delivered by email. With proper security hygiene, these could have been prevented.
According to the International Monetary Fund, cybercrime has become an industry worth over $1 trillion. Over the last ten years, cybercriminals have banded together to form competing organizations, looking for the most profitable targets. They have become a criminal enterprise where a return on investment is the motivating factor. It's not about the size of the enterprise; it's about low-risk targets with high-value potential.
The move to organized crime means businesses need to look at cybersecurity just as they do physical security. Companies install alarm systems and put locks on doors to reduce the chance of a crime of opportunity. They also test those systems to make sure they work. Organizations need to perform the same level of security testing in cyberspace. They need to look at penetration testing as a way to test their cyber defenses.
The five most important benefits of penetration testing include:
Cybersecurity may be the focus of pen testing, but the benefits go far beyond defending against a cyberattack. Penetration testing mitigates the financial risks associated with data breaches and minimizes the long-term damage to an organization's reputation and business relationships. Watch the video below to learn more about how Synergy Infosec can help you, and if you want to learn more about securing your digital assets, contact Synergy Infosec consultants or utilize our tools by signing up for a free trial.
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