As news of major data breaches becomes a regular occurrence, more companies are renewing efforts to secure their sensitive data and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Keeping networks and IP addresses safe from prying eyes is no simple task, and cannot be left exclusively to antivirus and intrusion prevention software and firewalls. With attempted attacks on valuable targets taking place dozens, if not hundreds, times per day, the likelihood of at least one of those attacks succeeding increases all the time.
To better protect your valuable data, you have to think like a hacker. Hackers are constantly devising new tricks, new malware, and new ways to worm into your network and wreak havoc. So who better to test your security and identify loopholes than a hacker?
Penetration testing, or pentesting, is not a new concept. It basically gives a hacker full permission to attack your networks and identify loopholes, vulnerabilities, and weaknesses using a number of tools, from commercially available programs to open source software. Unlike other hackers, though, pentesting is done by a so-called “white hat” hacker, who uses his or skills for the benefit of others, not to steal information. Armed with the details of where vulnerabilities exist, IT security can shore up the defenses and reduce the chances of an actual attack occurring.