Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing: The Essentials

Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing is the most important part of
information security testing. Not only can you obtain useful information and control
the risk of attacks on your network, but you can also prepare yourself to defend
against cyber threats that can destroy your business or cause severe damage to
your digital life, such as identity theft, card theft, and intellectual property loss.
A vulnerability assessment is a technical evaluation of the security of an application.
It is based on the assumption that a specific vulnerability may exist somewhere in
the application. The goal of such an assessment is to find such a vulnerability as
early as possible. A penetration test, on the other hand, evaluates not just one
specific vulnerability but tries to find out if it is possible for an attacker to get into the
system and what can he do with it when he is inside.

Benefits of Vulnerability Assessment 

• Listing of vulnerabilities for every asset.
  
• Preparation for future redesigns.
  
• Established security record for later assessments
  
• Detect security shortcomings before attackers do.
  
• A stocked rundown of the multitude of gadgets on your organization, with their
function.
  
• A characterized hazard assessment for your whole organization.
  
• A plan for the dangers versus advantages of advancing your security speculations.
 

 Benefits of penetration testing
i. Expose the real risks
Testing for vulnerabilities is carried out by penetration testers. Therefore, you gain a
better understanding of what an attacker may do in reality. They can access
sensitive data and execute system commands. It is also possible for them to point
out that a vulnerability that is theoretically high risk is not that risky as it seems due
to the difficulty of exploiting it. They are the only ones qualified to provide this type of
analysis.

ii. Discover vulnerabilities
Penetration testing aims to identify existing weaknesses in your system or
application configuration and network infrastructure. During penetration tests, even
your staff’s actions and habits are being investigated to avoid data breaches and
malicious infiltration. Having a security report lets you know what improvements you
need to make in your software and hardware or what policies and recommendations
would improve the overall security of your system.
iii. Continuity of operations
You need 24/7 communication, network availability, and access to resources to
ensure your business operations are always up and running. Even the smallest
disruption can be devastating. You can protect your operations from unexpected
downtime or loss of accessibility by conducting penetration tests. An audit of
business continuity is quite similar to a penetration test in this regard.
iv. Build trust
Customer confidence and loyalty are adversely affected by cyber-attacks and data
breaches. Your stakeholders will be reassured if your company has a reputation for
conducting rigorous and systematic security reviews and penetration tests.
v. Prepare for cyber-attacks by testing your cyber-defenses
Attacks should be detectable and you should be able to respond adequately and on
time. Whenever an intrusion is detected, you should begin an investigation, find out
who is responsible, and block them. It doesn’t matter if they’re malicious or experts
testing the effectiveness of your defenses. The feedback from the test will likely
inform you what actions to take to improve your defense.
vi. Seek expert advice from a third party

If someone in your organization identifies a problem, your management may not be
inclined to act. Often, a report from an outside expert has a greater impact on your
management and may result in additional funds being allocated.
vii. Maintain certifications and regulations
There may be a level of penetration testing required by your industry or legal
compliance. Consider the ISO 27001 standard or PCI regulations, which require
managers and system owners to conduct regular security reviews with skilled
testers, following the standards. Penetration testing is about determining the impact
of a vulnerability on an organization.

Data and Information security can no longer be taken for granted and various
measures are being taken across the globe to mitigate against the challenges. The
potential impact of these attacks on the financial and operational status of
businesses has necessitated have made it almost criminal not to have cybersecurity
measures and protocols in place. Taxtech is also at the forefront of the conversation
in providing cybersecurity services to its clients.
  
Our Cybersecurity Services include:
 
Network Security Monitoring
Cybersecurity Audit Services
Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) services
Cybersecurity Consulting Services
Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) Services
Cybersecurity training Services
 
For enquires send an email to; contact@taxtech.com.ng or call 0700TAXAIDE

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