You can’t afford to assume your cybersecurity is strong enough to protect your business. You need to actively test your cybersecurity with third-party assessments – when was the last time you did so?
Truly effective cybersecurity is a matter of knowledge. Do you (and your employees) know what a phishing email looks like? Would you even know if you suffered a data breach? Do you know if your systems are properly defended right now?
According to recent statistics probably not:
- 32–33% of data breaches last year involved phishing or social engineering
- The average time it took to identify a breach in 2019 was 7 months
- 68% of business leaders feel their cybersecurity risks are increasing
This is why third-party cybersecurity testing is so important. By having an experienced IT security company examine your cybersecurity from top to bottom, you can verify the effectiveness of your cyber defenses.
Unfortunately, not all third-party assessments are created equal. Some are virtually worthless, involving nothing more than a technician checking off items on a list:
- Do you have a firewall in place?
- Do you have an antivirus solution in place?
- Is there a data backup in place?
And so on. While these are certainly all important aspects of a viable cybersecurity posture, checking them off a list is not enough on its own – you need penetration testing.
What Is Penetration Testing?
The penetration test is an authorized attack on your organization’s technology and staff and is one of the best ways to accurately evaluate your security controls. In combination with a red team exercise (in which a full-scope attack simulation is executed to test organizational security), you can double-check each and every aspect of your cybersecurity posture.
LaScala IT will help you figure out precisely what you don’t know about your cybersecurity, carrying out robust penetration testing:
This approach provides ethical hackers with advanced knowledge about potential vulnerabilities.
This is an entirely blind testing process in which the ethical hacker starts from scratch.
This is considered the purest testing method. A single or small number of business decision-makers are the only ones that are aware pen testing is underway. Some call this the “double-blind” approach.
External Pen Test
This usually pits an off-site hacker against the organization’s website and servers. It’s similar to the way a hacker in another municipality might attack your system.
It may be a hard pill to swallow, but internal breaches by disgruntled workers or cybercriminals from within are a significant problem. Internal pen testing puts the ethical hacker in the midst of your operation. The results can provide top-tier value.
After completing, we will recommend best practices and proven solutions to address any vulnerabilities that could put you at risk.