Penetration testing, a key part of your Vulnerability Assessment

Cybersecurity is one of the most important considerations any organization, large or small, must address in today’s complex computing environment. Given the increase in data security breaches, the sooner, the better. A Vulnerability Assessment including a Penetration Test can provide a much clearer picture of strengths and weaknesses in your internal and external cybersecurity protection efforts. While these assessments may seem daunting it’s a critical step to ensure the integrity of data and confidential information and for many organizations a requirement to meet the laws and regulations facing them. Fortunately, Bonadio offers multiple options that can be tailored to fit your organization’s particular needs.

Cybersecurity may provide a competitive advantage

Faced with increased financial pressure, many small businesses and non-profit organizations, find that penetration testing provides a viable option for protecting valuable data and sensitive information. It is a scalable process that is implemented by an independent, third party charged with developing a risk profile and making recommendations for remediation. What’s more, online business transactions, including donations, have become vital platforms for fundraising activities. Donors and clients, expect that their personal data is protected. A robust cybersecurity program can be a competitive advantage in attracting and keeping customers and donors. Penetration testing can be an important tool in your data security toolbox that can be initiated relatively quickly, with immediate results.

Satisfy compliance requirements

Depending on your industry and circumstances, your organization may also be subject to mandatory testing and compliance requirements like the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) and the NY DFS Cybersecurity rules for Financial Institutions and their Third Party Service Providers (TSP). Higher Education clients can use penetration testing to comply with the Family Educational Rights and privacy Act (FERPA) and help ensure that sensitive student data is secure.

Penetration testing can help you:

  1. Determine where you may be exposed based on the feasibility of a particular set of attack vectors from both internal and external facing networks, mobile and wireless environments including social engineering threats from phishing, pharming and spoofing
  2. Quantify high-risk vulnerabilities from a combination of lower-risk vulnerabilities exploited in a particular sequence
  3. Identify vulnerabilities that may be difficult or impossible to detect with automated network or application vulnerability scanning software
  4. Assess the cybersecurity and financial magnitude of potential business and operational impacts of successful attacks
  5. Test the ability of network defenders (internal and external) to detect and respond to attacks
  6. Provide evidence to support exploited data and remediation advice

Comprehensive reporting

Bonadio acts like a Hacker! But unlike that hacker, our end goal of the penetration testing process is a comprehensive report that clearly identifies the risks and supplies reasonable and actionable recommendations that can be used to address cybersecurity from multiple perspectives including your IT department, internal and external audit teams, management and industry examiners.

Ongoing security vigilance

Cybersecurity should be considered as a continuous process in which penetration testing plays a significant role. Systems should be retested periodically to ensure that remediation efforts have resolved identified vulnerabilities.

For more information on penetration testing and vulnerability assessment, contact the Bonadio ERM team.

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