The most terrifying nightmare of any IT manager or a CSO is being hacked right under their watchful eyes. And that nightmare is becoming more and more of a possibility for organizations by the day with hackers becoming bolder, more creative and sophisticated with their attacks than ever and even having the latest IT security technologies in place can’t help you. The solution is to actually understanding the IT Security stand point of your own network by assessing it from a hacker’s perspective and fill the possible gaps that pose a threat to your organization. To achieve that, one must do a VAPT on their networks as Vulnerability Assessment allows for the identifying and quantifying the vulnerabilities in a system and a Penetration Testing can actually pinpoint the most critical ones by simulating an attack to verify the criticality of each of the Identified Vulnerability.
A penetration test, occasionally known as pentest, is a method of evaluating the security of a computer system or network by simulating an attack from malicious outsiders (who do not have an authorized means of accessing the organization's systems) and malicious insiders (who have some level of authorized access). The process involves an active analysis of the system for any potential vulnerabilities that could result from poor or improper system configuration, both known and unknown hardware, or software flaws, or operational weaknesses in process or technical countermeasures. This analysis is carried out from the position of a potential attacker can involve active exploitation of security vulnerabilities.
Penetration testing helps the owner in predicting a particular set of attacks strategy. It helps in finding the probability of high risk vulnerabilities which can arise from combination of smaller vulnerabilities in specific sequences.
Security issues uncovered through the penetration test are presented to the system's owner. Effective penetration tests will couple this information with an accurate assessment of the potential business impacts to the organization and outline a range of technical and procedural countermeasures to mitigate risks.
By taking prudent steps to minimize your vulnerabilities, you can greatly enhance your security posture and secure your IT environment. By having a confidential, independent assessment of your IT environment, you can provide a higher level of security against attacks and help prioritize your finite IT resources.
Securing your corporate IT resources requires due diligence and determining the level of exposure of your IT assets is not a trivial exercise. It requires an iterative security methodology that includes vulnerability assessments combined with penetration testing. Penetration testing is a method of probing and identifying security vulnerabilities in your network and pinpointing where your IT environment can be exploited by a hacker. The threats can be both internal and external and security industry experts recommend performing both internal and external penetration tests.
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