It’s recommended that businesses perform penetration tests at least annually or whenever a significant change is made to the environment.
Certain compliance packages, such as PCI DSS certification, make regular penetration tests mandatory. Put simply, if you want good security, you need a comprehensive penetration test.
Stay a step ahead of the hackers
Testing your current security posture provides a clear indication on where you stand against an ever-changing threat landscape. It’s how you can efficiently identify and address vulnerabilities before an attacker does.
Take control of your infrastructure
As technology evolves and your business grows, technical infrastructures become increasingly complex. It’s not uncommon for things to slip out of your control, or you might not have the relevant expertise to ensure that your controls are implemented the right way. Each test reveals the flow of your environment and any interdependencies that have a direct or indirect impact on your business security. Don’t forget that you’re only as secure as your weakest link.
Prove your security
You might think you have a very secure infrastructure in place, with all the processes, procedures and staff training to back it up. But how do you know? A penetration test is an ideal way to test your security implementations, giving you real-world proof that your security controls are up to standard and working as expected. This can be as much for the benefit of your customers’ and suppliers’ peace of mind as your own.
Solid risk management
Each penetration test addresses your business risks and the impact to confidentiality, integrity and availability of your data. This provides a good indication to management and the technical teams on how to best prioritise, plan, budget and remediate the risks in a structured manner.
Because you have to
There are increasing numbers of legal and regulatory requirements, industry standards, and best practices that all say you should or must have regular penetration tests. These include PCI DSS, ISO 27001, FCA, HMG and CoCo among numerous others. Though compliance does not guarantee security, these standards provide good directions on what is needed to ensure your infrastructure is in a good overall state of security.
Protect your business
It goes without saying that security breaches are bad news, with potentially enormous impacts on your brand’s reputation and the financial repercussions. Penetration tests drastically reduce the risk of a breach, protecting the time and money invested in your organisation as well as the confidence of existing and potential customers.