Penetration testing; why is it so important for business?

In today’s climate of business insecurity it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to take every conceivable precaution to protect themselves and their assets from risk and breach. You only have to look in a newspaper or go online to read about the latest hack attack or security breach to realise that business are facing these dangers every day. Millions of pounds are being lost, and countless crucial data sets are being compromised. These security breaches can cause loss or significant damage to people, brands, reputation and profits.

What might at first appear to be nothing other than an innocuous theft or minor breach of security can quickly escalate into something far more sinister and damaging. That’s why it is crucial that all business put in place resilient and reliable security systems. These systems should guard against attacks to personal, physical and information security. But how can businesses be sure that their security systems are effective and robust? Well, that’s where physical penetration testing comes into the equation. Regular penetration testing will ensure that the security systems offer adequate protection against real and potential threats. In short, penetration tests will tell a business whether its security systems are working as intended.

Independent physical penetration testing is a method of testing the security of a business using social engineering techniques which are realistic, but designed in a way that make it non-disruptive to the client. Independence from the company providing the on-site security services, or suppliers of security equipment, is vital to ensure there are no conflicts of interest. Businesses are often at their most vulnerable out-of-office hours. Lack of a clear-desk policy can lead to serious security breaches. It’s surprising how often sensitive papers are left out and open for viewing by non-secure employees out of hours.

Krypsys Penetration Testing services

Our penetration testing services are designed to specifically target your company’s infrastructure and identify your key assets and the protection they are provided. We begin by profiling your systems and looking for weaknesses or oversights that can be exploited: we then use this information to penetrate further into your network. Once the initial identification stage has been completed we can test your most critical systems as either trusted or untrusted users. We use all known vulnerabilities to baseline your security posture.

Typical targets we investigate include but are not limited to:

  • E-Mail servers
  • Research and Development systems
  • Database servers and storage
  • Websites and E-commerce systems
  • Remote entry points
  • Trusted systems (Including your security systems)

Krypsys will sign a non-disclosure agreement with an executive sponsor in your company so all information identified or discussed remains confidential. Once the test has been performed we will provide a report on the findings and brief you on-site on how these weaknesses can be eradicated. Krypsys’ consultants are CISSP certified and as such are well versed in not just your technical security infrastructure but how this interfaces into your policies, procedures and data security requirements.