With increasing use of digital technology, one also needs to secure the data that is collected or stored by a company and ensure that services offered are available to users at all times. Companies offering such services, often perform a vulnerability assessment of their workflows and IT infrastructure to identify gaps in their IT security. However, one simply cannot plug in these gaps without carrying out a penetrating testing.
While identifying a vulnerability does recognize a risk to the data stored or a service being offered, a penetration test is what reveals the depth of this risk and to what level does the vulnerability expose the IT infrastructure. Once gaps are identified in the system, our team of experts use various tools to determine the risk of such an exposure. Using manual as well as automated technology, our experts examine your IT infrastructure from various devices, applications, servers as well as networks to not only determine weak points but also incrementally test them to gauge the extent of the security lapse.
All the information is then aggregated and sent to your IT team with our recommendations sorted by priorities in order to fill in the gaps at the earliest. Many top IT companies that collect and process a lot of data, often get penetration testing reports to demonstrate how good their infrastructure and policies are. The added advantage of such a proactive effort is that it saves your company its reputation as well as money that would be lost in case of a data breach or service downtime. Regulatory authorities, too, require companies to perform penetration tests for their systems and demonstrate acceptable levels of performance to be granted approvals and avoid fines. However, most companies take a proactive approach to maintain customer confidence and loyalty.
Penetration tests allow companies to identify their vulnerabilities prior to any damage being caused. This also helps them in prioritising their approach and planning their improvements over a period of time, thereby preventing unexpected expenditures. While a penetration test should be performed regularly as per regulatory requirements, performing them after system and software upgrades, relocations and security patches ensure that system integrity is tested regularly enough.
Any IT infrastructure cannot be certified to be breach-proof, yet a regular penetration test can ensure that it remains outside the risk of breach for most, if not all, instances of penetration attempts, thereby minimizing risk to your business and reputation.