What is the Value of Penetration Testing and What to Look for in Pen Testing Companies
Why Penetration Testing?
With data breaches projected to cost businesses an estimated loss of $6,000 billion in 2021, penetration testing companies, as a counter to cybersecurity attacks, are turning out to be some of the most effective weapons in the business' cyber defense arsenal.
Data breaches can occur when hackers exploit holes in network firewalls, vulnerabilities at the point where applications interface with the system, and through identity theft of employees or customers using online fraud.
The hacker then proceeds to access confidential customer information including financial details. These details can then be used to siphon off finances to untraceable offshore accounts.
Penetration testing can help simulate a cyberattack where they are most likely to occur and help detect vulnerabilities before they are targeted by hackers and malicious users.
69% of companies believe that their current anti-virus safeguards are insufficient to counter sophisticated hacks into sensitive databases. That is why proactive measures to identify threats and test system responses are necessary.
How does Penetration Testing Work to Contain a Threat?
Penetration testing methods vary depending upon the attacker’s level of knowledge about internal systems.
Black Box Penetration Testing Black box pen testing is where the tester has little to zero knowledge of internal systems. This is closest to simulating real world attacks as few attackers would launch their hacks from within.
White Box Penetration Testing At the other extreme is white box pen testing which assumes that the tester possesses deep internal knowledge of the system architecture, has access to source codes, integrations and can interview the development team.
Gray Box Penetration Testing Between black box and white box is gray box pen testing, which combines the best of both the methods and is usually the best value for the money invested in testing.
Main Steps of a Pen Test
What Do You Gain from a Pen Test?
The main advantages of conducting a penetration test for your business include:
Uncover vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit
Reveal the methods that an attacker may use to exploit security gaps
Test built-in defenses and responses to real-world attacks
Meet statutory requirements and build trust with your customers
Enhance the security mechanisms of the system and the knowledge of the R&D team
What to Look for in a Penetration Testing Company
Quick responses to queries and requests indicate good customer service
Detailed documentation covering methodologies and results, as well as the scope of the penetration test
Streamlined help and support delivery
Industry backed credentials alongside proven experience
Level of openness with testing teams and clarity of method
Cost and return on investment
Komodo provides services across several verticals, including banking, fintech, insurance, hi-tech, automotive, energy, communication, critical infrastructures, healthcare, and international mega-brands.
The company was founded by leading security specialists with decades of information security experience and the team includes a variety of security professionals with both military and academic backgrounds in cyber security and computer sciences.
Contact us now to protect your Web Applications, APIs and, Mobile Applications with Black Box Penetration Testing.