A recent study from Microsoft showed that the hackers responsible for cyberattacks do not cost a lot of money to hire, and the income they can bring to foreign criminal operations and corporate espionage organizations is huge. The consequences for companies such as yours can be disastrous. The prices to hire a hacker found by Microsoft are the following:
- Zero-day exploits: $5000.00 to $350,000.00
- Ransomware: $66
(30 % of their profit comes from these attacks)
- Compromise a PC: $0.13
- Commit a user account: $0.97
Tools such as penetration testing can help organizations identify high-risk vulnerabilities that may be difficult or impossible to detect with scanning software, thus giving them the information they need to protect their organization from cybersecurity threats.
A Penetration Test can be used to assess the effectiveness of an existing security network. Technical Architects use a mix of manual and automated testing techniques to gain access to information without the knowledge or permission of its owner.
This assessment can be used to evaluate the external security perimeter and to provide recommendations for strengthening the security infrastructure to reduce the risks of an external hacker compromising their information without their knowledge.
Benefits of Penetration Testing
Intelligently Manage Vulnerabilities
Penetration testing provides detailed information on exploitable security threats, so they can be prioritized for remediation and implementation of security patches. The results allow companies to make sure their resources are allocated where they are needed.
Avoid the Cost of Downtime
Testing helps to avoid financial costs of remediation efforts, legal activities, lowered productivity, and more by identifying and addressing risks before security breaches occur.
Meet Regulatory Requirements and Avoid Fines
Detailed reports can help organizations address some of the requirements of compliance to PIPEDA, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI-DSS and more.
Preserve Corporate Image and Customer Loyalty
Penetration testing helps you avoid data leaks of your customer data, thus protecting your reputation as a company and maintaining your trustworthiness in the eyes of your customers.