Cyber Security Testing - What All Business Owners Should Know
Cyber Security is something that as business owners, we all know we need, but is something that is frequently overlooked.
Cyber Security testing is crucial for all businesses, identifying threats before a system goes live allows for protections to be put in place to mitigate risk from malicious attackers.
Web Application Security Testing
In today’s world where there are countless high profile security breaches making headlines, it proves that no-one is immune from a security breach or attack. Often a starting point of these attacks is through vulnerabilities within insecure web applications.
If web application security testing is ignored, then any web applications could be vulnerable to security issues and could potentially end up getting hacked. Ultimately, this can result in revenue loss due to: the damage caused to the brand’s reputation, potential fines, and loss of customer trust. Not only is this initial financial impact a big factor, but the resulting damage caused to the compromised web application may be expensive and difficult to fix.
Security is an imperative factor that should be well thought out throughout the development of any web application, especially if you are processing confidential data from users or the business itself.
Web application security testing enables companies to identify where security vulnerabilities may lie within their web applications so that they can be remediated and therefore reduce risk prior to live deployment. This protects both the company’s data and the users that use the application.
Performing regular security testing (and applying the appropriate fixes) against your web application will provide you with the assurance that your web application is secure and that the integrity of your site remains intact.
Network Security Testing
Network security testing is conducted across a network to identify any potential vulnerabilities, threats, and risks within an internal or external environment. The purpose of this type of security testing is to identify possible security vulnerabilities and issues within the network, which could result in the loss of sensitive information.
Network infrastructure security testing differs from web application security testing, as the focus of the testing is looking at the infrastructure itself, rather than at an application layer. An example of this could be that a web application could be completely secured against common vulnerabilities, but the server hosting the web application could be vulnerable to a Remote Code Execution bug. As a result, this vulnerability in the infrastructure could ultimately lead to otherwise confidential data from the web application being compromised.
Network Security Tests
Different types of network security tests serve different purposes, each with their own benefits.
- Vulnerability Scanning
This is where automated software scans an environment against known vulnerability signatures. This scanning enables organisations to ensure that their patching processes are working and that all known vulnerabilities are remediated.
- Penetration Testing
A penetration test differs from an automated vulnerability scan, as it is a significantly more manual process. In this test, an authorised individual will attempt to manually identify any security vulnerabilities within an environment through misconfigurations, insecure permissions, insecure authorisation, and other various methodologies. A penetration test often identifies additional security vulnerabilities that an automated vulnerability scan may miss.
If you need advice on your company’s security, both physical and digital, get in touch with one of our highly experienced consultants today.
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