Any cyber attack can have serious implications for your business.
Before you say, that wouldn’t happen to us! Let me explain.
From a simple malware infection to a full blown DDOS attack the results on your business can be devastating.
The newest attack weapon of the digital criminal is crypto virus. If you get it, you had better have some serious protective strategies in place.
Crypto virus can be and is delivered to your business through an email, from an infected web site, from a dropped USB drive or by one of your staff members making a silly little mistake. Any of them can severely damage your organisations ability to make money.
But we have anti virus! We have a firewall!
So does everyone else.
So did most of the victims!
Most of the businesses who have been compromised by crypto virus have some type of protection. They had end point protection, they had firewalls, they had the newest systems and they were prepared because “we put it in 12 months ago”.
What they lack is insight!
What they lack is education.
Removing the lackadaisical attitude of “it wont happen to me” is very important. To do that we all have to learn a new paradigm.
We have to learn three things:
* Trust no one
* Be paranoid
* Be aware.
Managers, board members, owners have a responsibility to their business to protect it the best they can. That in itself is a hard thing to do. What it means is that you have to change the way you think.
If you don’t know the issues you can never implement the right solutions.
Your first step is your own education.
That is where we come in.
Implementing a new paradigm, means we have to learn something new. Learn something about it.
To learn something you have to come and see me. I will show you how the bad guys work.
I will show you how malicious software (virus, worm, Trojan, compromise) attacks your business, removes information and destroys the evidence. I will show you why you need to get educated and from that educate your staff.
This is an important subject.
In one word – never.
A penetration test is designed to test technology, rectify problems and issues with that technology as well as make sure that the technology is installed and configured correctly.
Social engineering has 2 components – the technology (malware, ransomware, worm) to compromise your system and getting someone inside the organisation to open an attachement, download an application or go to an infected website. The easiest part of social engineering is getting someone inside your organisation to do something stupid.
Social engineering should only be included if the organisation has carried out a significant education program and to test that that education has actually worked.
The threat landscape has changed significantly in the last 10 years. Those changes have been, in most cases, for the better.
The whole digital world has changed as well. In most cases there are not enough IT specialists available, never mind ones who have the additional knowledge of how to protect their environment to go around.
Understanding digital security, testing defences and thinking like a cyber criminal is not what everyone wants to do.
This is where a managed security provider comes in. In most cases they live and breath in this space. They are experts in Business security including applying the NIST Framework to business
A penetration test includes a number of vulnerability scans.
Those different scans will highlight different issues with the hardware and software installed in the organization. Those scans show what maybe an issue with the organisation.
If your organisation received a report that said that these vulnerability have been discovered but have not shown that they can be exploited then you are getting a raw deal and you are wasting your money.
A vulnerability scan will highlight issues, a penetration test will show if the bad guys can access your system and steal anything.
The business world revolves around digital requirements. There is always a new system available, the next shiny thing, that is going to make the organisation more nimble, safer, more secure and any other marketing or sales hype.
Each of those system relies on technology and technology has flaws. Those flaws can drastically impact a businesses viability. It can also have a detrimental impact on cash flow, revenue and reputation.
A penetration test is designed to find those vulnerabilities before they are exploited by the digital bad guys and mitigate the risks of it happening.