As business has transformed over the years to a more service-oriented environment, a significant increase in trust has been placed on outside organizations to manage business processes and corporate data. Do you truly know how secure your third party service providers networks and / or web applications are? What about your own network or web applications?
Data breaches are occurring at an all-time high. Network security’s increased awareness at the C level is also helping IT departments to increase their budgets and move to their requests to the top of every corporation’s annual budget. The need for accessible on-demand data used in real time decision making and increased focus on business efficiencies has resulted in vital / confidential data being accessible, stored, and transferred electronically across corporate networks and the internet. Attempted breaches occur every day through the use of automated bots and targeted attacks, but without proper testing, how do you know if your business or a third party service provider of yours is susceptible to attack?
Properly Monitor Network and Application Security
There are a number of common failures that an unseemingly high number of IT departments fall victim to which leave their organizations at risk for intrusion:
All of these issues are preventable by ensuring a proper security maintenance program with sufficient resources dedicated to its execution is in place. A regularly scheduled external and / or internal vulnerability assessment can serve to validate operation of current security practices and identify new issues that may have been introduced as a result of an upgrade or system change.
Software as a Services (SaaS) offerings, application service providers, 3rd party colocation / hosting facilities, and especially corporate networks, have become prime targets for hackers, and the number of incidents increasing yearly, as they are treasure troves for confidential and business data that are targeted by criminals. This has elevated the importance of IT Security in the enterprise and within various compliance and regulatory frameworks.
Recognized frameworks include, at minimum, requirements that a regular vulnerability assessment of either the production network and / or web application be performed. Depending upon your environment the following frameworks potentially required these assessments:
Cyber Security Risk Management Preparedness
The US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) Recommends CEO’s and Business Owners to ask themselves the following questions regarding their readiness to defend against and recover from a cyber-attack:
ProactiveRISK uses the highest rated industry tools to perform our vulnerability assessment and penetration testing engagements. In addition to annual testing services, we also offer more frequent (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) scans to assist companies in identifying vulnerabilities that may present themselves during routine patching and configuration modifications.