Keeping your data secure is vital to your company’s success. You don’t want external sources breaching your firewall and getting at private or proprietary data. And if your company does business with the government, compromised information can mean pricey and time-consuming legal trouble.
This is why you need to undertake periodical external penetration tests. They allow you to discover if you are vulnerable, how you are vulnerable, and what steps you can take to patch the vulnerability.
Not only will it help keep your company’s information secure – it’s also an important part of demonstrating that you respect the privacy of your customers, clients and vendors.
An external penetration test allows expert analysts to attempt to compromise your system. It is not a random attack. It is preplanned and coordinated at a specific time to allow you to monitor what happens.
On a practical level, an external penetration test simulates the activities of a hacker – but in a controlled and safe environment. They may attempt to send an email with a virus or malware. They may attempt a brute force attack. Overall, they will make every attempt possible to engage with your system and extract the data they want.
In most cases, at least some level of vulnerability is discovered that needs to be fixed. Once the fix is put in place, another test is performed to see if the solution is effective.
External penetration tests can be a one-time analysis, but they should be done periodically throughout the year. Hackers come up with new ways to breach data all the time – and it’s up to you to ensure your company’s security can stop them.
Once you receive the report of their findings, you’ll know exactly where your systems are vulnerable and what needs to be done to reinforce your defenses.
On another level, the results have helped many business owners discover that data systems need to be updated just as often as copy machines, wall hangings, and conference room chairs. Even though it’s unseen, data is becoming more and more the most valuable asset a company has. It should be and needs to be protected.
If your company handles personal data, proprietary data, or simply data that should not be shared with the general public, then an external penetration test is essential. A weakness in your data infrastructure can mean the difference between bankruptcy and a booming bottom line. It can also hurt your brand – if you cannot protect a customer’s credit card information, for example, then it’s not likely they will shop with you.
100% Security can help your company out by performing an external penetration test and share the results with you. Contact us today to find out more about our external penetration tests can help your company keep your data safe.