Penetration Testing Can Save Your Company Millions

November 18th, 2010 | Industry News, Security Articles & Tips

A penetration test is a method of evaluating the security of a computer system or network by simulating an attack from a malicious or dangerous source. The goal of the test is to provide in depth information on actual, exploitable security threats. By instituting a penetration test, you can point out which vulnerabilities are false positives, which are insignificant, and most importantly, which are critical. This allows you to intelligently apply patches while utilizing security resources where they are most necessary.
The obvious paybacks of penetration testing are mentioned above, and the corporate security design experts at Security Management Consulting have added these additional benefits.

Additional Benefits of Penetration Testing

Protect Your Company Image & Maintain Customer Loyalty. As a business owner, one of your most valuable assets is your good name. All it takes is one incident of compromised customer data and information can be extremely costly – in more ways than one. Performing a penetration test allows you to avoid data incidents that could compromise your company’s reputation.

Avoid Fines While Meeting Regulatory Requirements. Performing penetration testing allows your firm to satisfy the auditing/compliance regulations including the following:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • GLBA
  • PCI

Penetration tests can also provide detailed reporting that can help your company avoid fines levied for not being in compliance.
Complete the Necessary Prerequisites for Cyber Security Insurance. If your firm is interested in getting cyber security insurance coverage, then penetration testing is quickly becoming a requirement.

Avoid Costly Network Downtime. A security breach can be devastating due to lost productivity and revenue, in addition to the IT efforts required to properly recover. The end result could cost your company millions. Penetration testing allows you to thwart this monetary loss by properly identifying and accessing risks before security breaches take place.

Justify Your Security Spend. Penetration testing can evaluate future investments while analyzing the effectiveness of your existing security products.

Penetration testing can save your company millions and provide valuable peace of mind as you will know the security vulnerabilities of your company and formulate a strategy to combat it. If your firm is ready to perform a penetration test – and would like to partner with an Inc. 5000 company – then contact the security design experts at Security Management Consulting. Just complete the contact form on our website or give us a call at (877) 788-9200 to get started.