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The Top 10 Reasons That Your Business Needs Penetration Testing
ONE: Increased Computer Usage
The number of companies that now use computers as an integral part of their business has rapidly increased in the past 5-10 years. This has increased the danger of hackers successfully breaching the standard security features offered by many computers and their networks.
TWO: Lack of IT savvy
Those people using the Internet for their business, particularly those creating websites for their business, are unaware of the significant flaws and weaknesses that exist in their design. Even the least experienced hackers can exploit these weak points. At best they’ll change the content of your website to pornography, at worse they’ll steal customer data including credit card numbers and badly damage your business.
THREE: There’s Money in IT Espionage
Unscrupulous competitors could pay hackers to attack your information systems and steal important and highly valuable data. Without adequate penetration testing your business is at threat from hackers for hire. IT espionage is on the increase, even small companies are at risk because they can be used to hide the identity of hackers as they attempt to attack larger and more significant targets.
FOUR: Data Leaks Ruin Reputations
Remember all of those embarrassing stories of Government agencies losing customer data? It might not bring down a government, but it could irreparably damage the reputation of your business. How would your customers feel about sharing their data with criminals?
FIVE: The Law
Do you know that if you hold certain information on your computer storage systems, you need to meet UK and/or European regulations on protecting and securing that data? If you don’t, you could face legal action against you and your company for failure to comply.
SIX: Whom Can You Trust?
Sadly, the most difficult attacks to prevent are those that come from inside the company itself. Disgruntled employees or those with an axe to grind could damage your reputation with information leaks or attempt to steal your company’s data. A few moments is all that’s required to quickly and simply transfer the details of all your company’s top clients to a memory stick.
SEVEN: Safe Enough
Do you know how safe your current information systems are from attack? How do you know for sure? Do you have a firewall? Do you have password protection? None of that is sufficient against today’s sophisticated, educated and experienced silent intruders.
EIGHT: What’s Penetration Testing?
Ignorance is not bliss in this case. If you don’t know what Penetration Testing is, you need to know immediately. Your IT staff are paid to maintain your IT systems, not to protect them against complex attacks from single-minded intruders. Educate yourself and get your systems pen tested before it’s too late.
NINE: Hackers are Smart
Hackers are clever individuals that grow wise to even the most up-to-date security systems and enjoy discovering flaws in their design. The only way to be sure to outsmart them is to identify your weaknesses before they do.
TEN: Military Standard
The military constantly conducts penetration tests of the UK’s defences both physically and virtually. They use this to prepare for attacks on all scales and build adequate and appropriate response plans. You can do the same - starting with a reputable company conducting a thorough penetration test of your information security systems as soon as possible.