Cyber security is a common buzzword these days with the increasing threat of cyber-attacks against businesses. But what is cyber security testing? Security testing is a type of testing designed to uncover risks or vulnerabilities in software applications. The goal is to identify any possible weaknesses before cyber criminals do. A simple loophole could result in major revenue loss, data loss and loss of consumer confidence in a business.
Security testing helps developers detect all possible security risks so that they can be corrected via coding. There are actually seven types of security testing commonly used.
Security Scanning – this step involves identifying system and network weaknesses and can later provide solutions for eliminating these risks.
Vulnerability Scanning – is performed via automated software that will scan a system against vulnerability signatures that are known.
Risk Assessment – analyses the security risks observed within an organization and classifies them with a high, medium or low level. This testing will also recommend the best measures and controls to lower the risk.
Penetration Testing – simulates an attack from a cyber criminal. It will analyze a particular system and check for vulnerabilities in an external hacking attempt.
Ethical Hacking – hacks the organization’s software systems to expose security flaws so that they can be corrected before a malicious hacker finds them.
Posture Assessment – is a combination of risk assessment, ethical hacking, and security scanning to showcase the overall security posture of an organization.
Security Auditing – is an internal inspection of all operating systems and applications for security flaws.
Your business should also have a cyber risk management plan in place that includes these important considerations:
Priority – Especially for small and medium-sized businesses, budgets have limits. Using risk assessment testing, compare all risks by their potential impact, the likelihood of the risk occurring and prioritize your response.
Organizational Culture – Top-level executives must establish a culture of employees that are cyber security aware. From top level positions to entry to temporary roles, ensuring that your organizational culture is cyber aware is a major line of defense against attackers. Business leaders need to take responsibility for training and accountability.
Operational Continuity – Sadly, there is no organization that can be 100% protected from all cyber risks. Therefore, resilience is an important part of your cyber risk management plan. Ensure your business has a solid operational continuity plan to make sure that your operations can continue if subject to an attack.
Not being properly protected against cyber threats is a critical business risk. With cyber-attacks on the rise, routine cyber security testing and a solid cyber risk management plan are essential for businesses. Often, it makes sense to partner with a Managed Service Provider, like MBC that has a team of cyber security experts that can keep your organization secure with the latest technology and knowledge. At MBC, we can prepare and protect your organization and address any threats head-on with our leading cyber security protection. To learn more, get a free assessment today.