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Defending your Data: 4 ways to undertake security testing

As cyber crimes and forms of attack evolve, making your security testing a priority is key to ensuring the longevity of your business’s infrastructure. From strengthening your endpoint structures to educating the team who’ll be using your systems each day, plugging the weaknesses within your infrastructure will help you best prepare for any form of attack a cyber criminal might take.

Risk Assessments

The idea of risk assessments might come with perhaps more old fashioned connotations of fire safety training or unnecessary health and safety requirements, but when it comes to your infrastructure’s security testing, carrying out regular risk assessments could be the solution to ironing out any shortfalls in your systems. As well as gathering valuable information about the state of your infrastructure, this allows you to keep your security testing in the forefront of your mind. Carrying out these forms of security testing will also allow you to save money in the long run, preventing the costs a cyber attack could incur for your business.

PEN Testing 

In January 2019 alone, more than 1.76 billion records were leaked worldwide, showing the sheer scale with which cyber security breaches can affect real data, and real businesses. Rather than dealing with the aftermath of a data breach, you can take preventative measures to make sure your business is never affected. PEN testing is most useful for staying ahead of the game when it comes to your cybersecurity; regularly reviewing the digital threat landscape for new potential threats, this form of security testing protects your infrastructure and endpoints  from the very latest security risks to your systems.

If you’d like to learn more about employing security that never sleeps, take a look at our PEN testing tool, CIS:Cybot, here.

Vulnerability Scanning 

If you want to take a proactive approach to your security testing, vulnerability scanning is a great place to start. This type of security testing aims to identify any systems that are subject to known vulnerabilities, giving your team the opportunity to understand the kind of threats you could be up against. In this sense, vulnerability scanning is a crucial kind of security testing, preparing you for the issues you need to face before you have to face them. Once this kind of security testing takes place, your team will be in the best possible position to assess the further actions you need to take, protecting your most sensitive data from harm.

Daily Testing

Did you know 7 out of 10 businesses feel unprepared to respond to a cyber attack? While encouraging your team to have an awareness of the roles they play within your organisation in the event of a data breach is vital for getting your business back on track after you’ve been hacked, a more effective method of security testing is to prevent threats from reaching your files and folders in the first place. Luckily, there are several simple and effective measures you can take to ensure your day to day security testing stays on the top of its game. Even easy things like regularly changing your password helps in the fight to keep your data secure; using different passwords for each of your programs which include a combination of characters will not only prevent hackers from gaining access to your systems in the first place, but will slow them down, giving you time to move any important data out of harm’s way.

Seeking out security testing for your own business? No matter what kind of security testing you choose to implement, our experienced team will be on hand to help you defend your data from malicious attacks. Get in touch to make your infrastructure impenetrable.


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