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In a world nearing ‘doomsday’, penetration testing could not be more important

One recent news headline that will have caught the attention of many security observers is the decision by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to move the minute hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.

It means that the hand is now at two and a half minutes to midnight, signalling that the world may presently be closer to apocalypse than at any time since the US and Russia’s hydrogen bomb tests in the early 1950s.

Why is all of this significant for your organisation?

Election ‘hacking’ controversy once again highlights pressing importance of penetration testing

Whatever your opinion of the controversy over supposed Russian attempts to interfere with the recent US election – amid suggestions that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an “influence campaign” aimed at harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of victory – there’s no question that security has been a subject at the forefront of many people’s minds as of late.

How can Sec-Tec keep your company protected against cyber attacks?

You may already know what a penetration test consists of and might not be enthusiastic about the idea of letting someone else essentially make their way into the areas of your network where the most valuable information is stored.

However, you shouldn’t let that put you off, as penetration testing is one of the most effective ways to measure your organisation’s information security efforts.

3 common misconceptions about penetration testing that you should ignore

Despite the great assistance that penetration testing provides to organisations seeking to ensure that their computer systems boast the most watertight security, the practice still has a certain stigma in some quarters.

The cost may put you off seeking to carry out pen tests, or perhaps you feel that your organisation doesn’t have a problem with security.

However, here at Sec-Tec, our advice is to ignore the naysayers and get your company’s computer system pen tested to make sure you’re fully protected.

Major corporate security breaches and how pen testing could have prevented them

Hackers are continually learning and improving their skills to maximise their ability to gain access to personal accounts and even company assets in a matter of seconds.

Twitter accounts of people in the public eye are frequently hacked in a bid to blackmail or spread misinformation on a wider scale. This most recently happened to Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, who had all of his assets published on Twitter against his will.

Beat the hackers at their own game with penetration testing

Security breaches can bring a company to its knees. Hackers who steal private information about a company or leak the bank details of customers can cost businesses dearly by blackmailing them or causing them to be fined severely for breaching the Data Protection Act.

By investing in penetration testing undertaken by an expert ethical hacker, your firm can fight fire with fire and reinforce its security.

Keeping your business safe with ‘ethical hacking’

Types of penetration testing and their role in protecting company assets from hackers

Your company computer systems or web applications are at constant risk of hacker breach, especially if they hold valuable information about your customers. If your company is to remain compliant with the Data Protection Act and prevent information theft, penetration testing is therefore essential.

What is penetration testing and why is it imperative for any company to carry out?

Companies seem to be at greater risk of potential data breaches and information leaks than they have ever been previously. The Government’s Information Security Breaches Survey, published in June of last year, shows that a huge 90% of large organisations in the UK that responded to the survey reported a security breach of some kind in 2015, along with 74% of small and medium-sized businesses.

Keep your company's network secure with penetration testing from Sec-Tec

Here at Sec-Tec, we provide organisations of all types with crucial penetration tests that help to prevent their valuable information from falling into the wrong hands as a result of a security breach.

Our penetration testing service presents findings to you in a language that you can understand, listing all of the changes that need to be made alongside advice on how to carry them out.

Choose us for truly thorough penetration testing

"We don't want to fail our penetration test!" - Recognising penetration testing as part of continual improvement

We were recently contracted to perform a penetration test for a SME (small-medium enterprise) with little previous experience of penetration testing. Understandably nervous, they had been requested by a client to undertake an overall company-wide assessment, with specific focus of an in-house CRM solution.