Why Penetration Testing is Vital to Your Cyber Defenses

Posted by Melanie Klag on Sep 20, 2019 12:14:00 PM
Melanie Klag

Penetration testing, or pen testing, is the best way to ensure your current cybersecurity is working or to pinpoint its flaws. With cyber-attacks on the rise, safeguarding your cybersecurity is extremely important, especially when you consider the average cost of a data breach is $3.92 million! Breach prevention must be a priority.

The Benefits of a Penetration Test

Conducting a penetration test will help you determine how to protect your cyber assets. A penetration test simulates what an attacker might do. It does this by targeting a system’s defenses and measures whether or not the defenses were sufficient in thwarting the attack. If your cybersecurity fails, the test will also help you figure out how to strengthen it.

Aside from just testing your defenses, penetration testing also has cost benefits associated with it. The test will determine if your current IT security expenditures are in the right place and they can help assess the effectiveness of security investments and cost effectiveness as an IT security organization. Companies will often run a test after an initiative is complete to evaluate the defensive strength of the new system. Some organizations run the tests prior to investing in a new project in order to justify the budgetary spend.

Another huge benefit of pen testing is to ensure companies meet their compliance requirements, including Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA and 201 CMR 17.00. In order to be considered compliant by many frameworks, including PCI, companies must perform an annual penetration test.

Penetration Testing and Your Reputation

With breaches becoming more common, more and more people are beginning to question the cybersecurity of the firms and organizations they do business with. By performing a penetration test, your company has proof that you take breach prevention as a priority. A successful pen test will also prove that your security is effective. Customers will have confidence in your company rather than a firm who does not have the test results to back up their ability to prevent a cyber-attack.

How Confident Are You in Your Company’s Cyber Defenses?

Now that you understand how vital a pen test is to your company and its cybersecurity, is it time to request one? To ensure your company’s and clients’ data is protected, it is not enough to simple deploy cyber defenses. You have to test them to make sure they are effective against cyber threats. With the shifts and advances in hackers, malware and cyber-attacks, pen tests must be run regularly, at least once per year. SubRosa Cyber Solutions is able to help your company ensure its cyber defense are able to withstand future attacks.

Topics: "Cybersecurity", "Penetration Testing"