The trend toward mobile, web and cloud-based solutions for online communications and other technologies predates the COVID-19 pandemic and the new, distanced normal. But this trend has only sped up in the past year, and it shows no signs of slowing down in the future. In this context, application security is critical to overall cybersecurity.
It’s essential for businesses in the healthcare industry to integrate protections from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) into all elements of their practices. Critically, businesses need to strengthen their cyberdefenses against the ever-increasing cybercrime threats that can victimize protected health information (PHI). One sound, innovative approach to shoring up cybersecurity efforts is penetration testing.
Penetration testing is one of the most innovative and powerful practices businesses can use to optimize their security. This form of “ethical hacking” uses an excellent offense to strengthen the defense, simulating an attack and studying all moves the hacker makes to stop them in the future. What’s more, penetration testing can be leveraged for nearly any element of your architecture, including hardware penetration testing to analyze all physical, connected devices.
Many companies believe they have adequate protection against malicious actors, but in reality, when you assess their network, they don’t. Hardware penetration testing is such a powerful tool for patching hidden weak points in your system before a hacker can exploit them. Although companies realize that they can’t make all systems 100 percent secure, they’re incredibly interested to know what kind of security issues they’re dealing with.
Using the internet without the burden of a wired connection via wireless fidelity (wifi) offers immense efficiency and productivity to a workforce. There are also compelling reasons to offer free wifi to your customers. But that convenience for your business is mirrored by convenience for cybercriminals and wireless networks offer innumerable opportunities for exploitation by hackers. As such, wireless penetration testing is an essential consideration for any company.
To overcome the hacker, you must think like a hacker. The best cloud penetration testing has you looking through the lens of a cyber attacker.
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be a hacker? A possible fantasy for some, but a nightmare to be on the receiving end. Infrastructure penetration testing works best when you think like a hacker. And the best part is that it is entirely legal and boosts your organization’s cyber resilience.
The escalating threat of hackers grows more serious each day. A TechRepublic survey of more than 400 IT security professionals found that 71% of them had seen an increase in security threats or attacks since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Should a hacker successfully breach your defenses, the damages—to your reputation, bottom line, and operational capabilities—could be catastrophic.To gauge your cybersecurity defenses and spot vulnerabilities in your critical IT systems, you need to consider different types of penetration testing.
One of the measures that organizations have undertaken in recent years to ensure the integrity of their information networks is to undergo a procedure called an external penetration testing.
An external vulnerability scan, which also goes by the names penetration testing or ethical hacking, is an authorized concerted cyber attack on any number of application systems that are visible on the internet, such as a company website, and email and domain servers.
The purpose of external vulnerability scanning is to identify, evaluate, and address any potential or existing security issues, which cyber criminals may use to gain access to a company’s information systems and illegally obtain proprietary information.
With each passing year the risk of cyberthreat looms larger. While the integration of new technologies has created business efficiencies and increased interconnectivity, it has also exposed organizations to new forms of cyber-related risks. In response to this growing problem, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) produced the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). The framework serves as guidelines for managing your cybersecurity risks. One of the best ways to assess your adherence to NIST is by conducting a NIST-based penetration (pen) test. But what does the pentest framework entail?