Why do you need a PEN Test?

Do you think your organisation is secure? You should know that any security, be it hardware or software, can only do so much to protect the data and systems behind it. This post will discuss why PEN Testing is important for businesses and what PEN Testing involves.

First, we’ll talk about what PEN Testing means: PEN is short for Penetration Testing: The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) describes it 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.” Or the good guys try what the bad guys would. PEN testing is a way of confirming how vulnerable your organisation’s network actually is.

There are many benefits to PEN testing, if knowledge is power then proving where your strengths and weaknesses are is key. And Security is not a static environment, what was safe and secure one month may be the next big vulnerability hitting the world’s press. Learn more

  • Know where your vulnerabilities lie and what needs hardening.
  • It is a low-cost way to pick up issues that could plague you with downtime, data loss etc.
  • It will highlight how serious these risks are and allow you to prioritise which need immediate attention or are not an immediate threat.

PEN tests also show the overall effectiveness of all security controls in place so you know for certain if it’s time to consider an upgrade on encryption standards, firewalls etc… or more importantly when you don’t. You can prioritise your spending ensuring you get the very best from every £ you invest. Depending on who you believe up to 30% of IT budgets are wasted.

Security has been shown over the past few years as being one area which organisations can ill afford to be complacent about. The risk levels have never been higher given data laws, such as UK Data Protection Act (2018).

Our testing team has decades of hands on experience and all have certifications from CREST and/or EC-Council. Net-Defence will help you through the whole PEN testing process. We will help you efficiently scope your requirements, explain the testing process and deliver the results in language everyone in your organisation can understand.

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