In this new white paper by Pwnie Express, we provide an overview of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing. We demonstrate why such measures are critical to the long-term health and success of enterprises across vertical industries. We also present the features and benefits of Pwnie Express’s technologies, which are the only vulnerability assessment and penetration testing solutions on the market that assess wired and wireless network security in hard-to-reach remote locations, simply, cost-effectively and on demand.
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Today’s increasingly complex enterprise IT infrastructures consist of hundreds if not thousands of systems and subsystems generally distributed and often in hard-to-reach locations. The growing use of varying technologies by enterprises and their employees as wired and wireless systems evolve makes the task of assessing the security risks associated with the seemingly endless stream of vulnerabilities and attack vectors ever more pressing and difficult.
IT security team members need to be all seeing, all knowing. They require continuous insight into who and what is hitting their infrastructure and must adopt vulnerability assessment and penetration testing as an integral part of their security and risk management. For IT staffs responsible for maintaining the infrastructure and continually evaluating the security posture, vulnerability assessment and penetration testing will enable them to:
- See all the things. Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing provides critical visibility, showing the weaknesses in all aspects of an organization’s infrastructure. By obtaining this invaluable insight on demand in both wired and wireless networks, an organization can identify which threats pose real exploitable risks and can intelligently manage them.
- Meet compliance mandates. Federal governments and industry consortiums have recognized the escalating cyber crime threat and subsequent increasing number of breaches. To mitigate risk they have established regulations like the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Implementing a strong assessment and testing program enables organizations to provide the information they need to meet compliance and more importantly heighten their actual security posture.
- Avoid network downtime. In the short term, recovering from a security breach can result in lost revenues, and costly and timely OT remediation efforts. In the long term, downtime could lead to customer flight and cost an organization millions of dollars. By preventing interruptions customers can continue to transact and revenue can continue to flow.
- Maintain corporate brand. Every single incident of compromised customer data also can be costly to a company’s reputation as trust is breached. By seeing all the things organizations now have insight into potential threat vectors across their entire distributed infrastructures enabling them to prevent or quickly mitigate breaches to ensure their brand equity remains intact.
- Justify existing security investments. Vulnerability assessment and penetration validates the effectiveness of an organization’s current security infrastructure. The increased visibility can be used to demonstrate what, if any, additional security technologies need to be instituted and/or security measures need to be taken.