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Let’s talk penetration testing

Here, we share our client’s article on penetration testing – it covers a finance firm who have always outsourced their IT support to a third-party provider and were confident in their top-notch cyber security.

However, when a new funder came along, they insisted upon a penetration test to see if their cyber security was as good as promised. Predictable passwords, missed software updates and a reverse proxy error unearthed a worrying outcome.

But what exactly is penetration testing and how does it work? The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) define penetration testing as: "A method for gaining assurance in the security of an IT system by attempting to breach some or all of that system's security, using the same tools and techniques as an adversary might”.

Essentially, an ethical hacker uses penetration testing to identify your potential vulnerabilities. For further information, see the NCSC’s penetration testing guidance.

Steve Spence of Cognisys Group, cyber security specialists, reminds us of the importance of investing in penetration testing, aligning IT systems with security frameworks and always providing awareness training for your staff.

Read the full article here.

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