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Penetration Testing | Purpose of Penetration Testing

Unlike a vulnerability assessment, penetration testing actually tests the security of systems in the face of a cyberattack. The idea is to try to exploit any vulnerabilities. It’s also a way to uncover weaknesses and determine how well current security measures work.


Penetration tests work through every layer of your IT infrastructure from applications to user behavior to discover potential issues. They’re often used in conjunction with vulnerability assessments to test the strength of new security measures.

Performing Penetration Testing

 
Penetration testing can be manual or automated. Manual testing is often used when a specific vulnerability is suspected or when testing certain areas of your infrastructure. Automated testing is typically used when trying to compromise all elements of a system.

If an exploit is successful, testers will continue to see how far they can get and how much information they can access before a business’s security protocols stop them. Tests occur on:

Servers
Mobile and desktop devices
Network devices
Endpoints
Apps
Data storage

Anything that’s connected to your network and business is included.
Businesses should consider doing penetration testing on a set schedule to test for new vulnerabilities and after any of these scenarios:

New infrastructure elements
Any new business locations
Upgrades, updates and security patches
Any user policy modifications
 
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Benefiting from Penetration Testing

 
Penetration testing should be a part of every IT budget. The benefits far outweigh the cost and save businesses money. The most common benefits include:
 
Reduced downtime
Proactive control over vulnerabilities
Upgrades, updates and security patches
Maintain regulatory compliance
Save money from service interruptions and user reparations (in the event of a data breach)
 
Penetration testing allows you to be proactive. To find out more about testing options and how to fix any vulnerabilities, contact us today for advice and solutions.