Cybercrime is set to cost companies more than $6 trillion per year by 2021. That’s trillion, with a T. Nobody wants to be in that pile. That’s why testing your systems for cyber security makes a lot of sense.
Three main tests are used to safeguard businesses against cyber attacks:
Vulnerability scanners – This approach assesses the computers in your business network for weaknesses: entry points that can be exploited by cybercriminals hoping to gain access to your data. Vulnerability scanners act like hackers to investigate these potential vulnerabilities. The aim of a vulnerability scan is to build a strong sense of the state of your cybersecurity setup from an internal and external perspective, identify weaknesses, and improve your security to better protect against these risks.
Penetration testing – Here, cybersecurity experts purposefully ‘attack’ a network to review how secure it is. It simulates a real attack, but in a controlled way. As such, the term ‘ethical hacking’ is sometimes applied to penetration testing. While vulnerability scans highlight any weaknesses in your business network, penetration tests take this a step further by determining what kind of malicious activity is possible if those weaknesses are exploited.
Program update checks – These are important because software that is not regularly updated gives attackers more chances of infiltrating your system and your business. Some program settings may allow automatic software updates, and others will ask your permission. All users should regularly check to ensure that all available updates are accepted (or scheduled for a convenient time) on every device they are responsible for.
The continuously and rapidly evolving cyber world offers tremendous competitive advantages and cost efficiencies. The dark side of cyber operations moves just as swiftly, though. Check the status of your cybersecurity insurance by contacting the professionals at The Reschini Group.
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Excerpted from: https://blog.avast.com/cybersecurity-tests