Should You Hire a Hacker? Penetration Testing is an Effective Way to Assess Your Business’s IT Security Risk

Should You Hire a Hacker? Penetration Testing is an Effective Way to Assess Your Business’s IT Security Risk

You may not be that well-versed in penetration testing and perhaps you don’t personally know a “white hat” hacker, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider putting one on your payroll—at least temporarily.

A white hat hacker can help provide extensive insight into your organization’s IT security vulnerabilities from the perspective of those that seek to do you harm. In fact, many large organizations have taken up the practice of offering a bug bounty program to white hats and others in the security research community—to the tune of providing rewards that range from $100 to $10,000 for uncovering a single vulnerability.

Fortunately, you don’t have to start a bug bounty program to get what you need in the way of information from someone who knows the dark side of the web. You can outsource your white hat hacker needs to an IT solutions security consultant for a safe, cost-effective perspective without the real-life hacker drama.

Why Should Your Business Outsource White Hat Hacking and Penetration Testing?

  • To uncover and measure vulnerabilities that can’t be detected through standard in-house managed IT services security audits.
  • To provide your customers with a third-party assessment and assurance that your data protection efforts, secure online transactions, and sensitive customer information is in good hands.
  • In-house IT solutions teams are too close to the subject matter—they simply don’t have the unbiased perspective that a third-party penetration testing team can offer.
  • By simulating an actual hack from a third party, you can gauge the adequacy of your incident management and disaster response plans, and evaluate the reaction of the team behind these critical responses.


What Should I Expect From Penetration Testing?

Penetration Testing

A penetration test, also known as an “ethical hack” as carried out by a “white hat” hacker, will help you evaluate and assess your network or application cybersecurity preparedness and its ability to withstand and respond to a cyberattack. During a penetration test, an authorized third-party IT security expert will safely and efficiently hack into your system or app using the same methods employed by the most proficient, innovative hackers of today.

Recurrent Penetration Testing

You have the option of choosing a package deal, which will provide your business with a subscription service to offer continuous insight into your network and application security. All recurrent tests should re-evaluate the findings of previous tests for a consistent, comprehensive evaluation of the current state of your business’s IT security.

External Vulnerability and Network Penetration Test Module

For effective perimeter defense evaluation, an external vulnerability and network penetration test are needed. This type of testing will assess firewall strength and effectiveness as well as other external security measures.

External penetration tests are conducted with very little information provided by the organization itself in order to simulate a malicious hacker—one who has no inside information as to your organization’s systems, technologies, and defenses.

An external assessment module will include the following audits, which can be used by a real-life hacker to organize an attack against your business:

  • A search for information available to the public online
  • Domain Name Service (DNS) Records
  • Your public IP address range
  • Identification of all company systems available online
  • Port scans and running services
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) scans
  • Identification and enumeration of company operating systems, web, and email server versions
  • Attempt to utilize remote access protocols where available
  • Email server, web server, website, and web application analysis
  • Vulnerability scans of network devices, applications, and systems
  • Safely exploit systems and applications when possible
  • Evaluate and identify false positives and test results

By testing the various external and internal vulnerabilities with an outsourced third party using a network penetration test module, you’ll get a valuable, unbiased look at the overall security level of your business from the perspective of a potential hacker. For a consultation about how penetration testing can help make your business’s IT more secure, contact Intrinium for more information.

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