In today’s world, you can literally live an entire life from the distance of a digital device. We manage our bank accounts, communicate with another, and as business owners, we store vital data and information about our business, customers, and other aspects pertaining to our companies, so why is it so easy to just do without the worry of potential attacks? The security of your network means a lot, not only to you and your consumers, but it could mean the world to potential threats who are trolling your network looking for a weakness and a way to gain entry to exploit what information you may be storing.
Riding White Horse: In Comes White Hat Hackers
The term hacker has always had a double-standard meaning, and many people have mixed feelings about the subject in general, but it is relevant to today’s level digital compromise potential. Large companies and even smaller businesses know the importance of protecting the information they have on their customers. Besides, they are entrusting the company with their private data after all.
In the cybersecurity realm, the competing forces of righteousness vs. evil, good vs. bad, and yes black vs. white, are always going head to head in a never-ending battle of triumph. When someone is trying to enter a system without permission, we call them a hacker, someone who lives in the black hat world of ethics and will pull out all stops to achieve their goal. When we grant permission to a cybersecurity team, IT team, or another security testing firm, we allow them the chance to find weaknesses in the system, so that they can be reinforced to keep black hats at bay.
Can White Hats Keep Out Black Hats Using Penetration Testing?
Depending on the level of access and type of network pen testing you perform, white hat testers have the ability to create a fortified security system that will make it exponentially harder for attackers to gain entry into your system, but how can you keep your weaknesses at bay? Shouldn’t a hacker be used to find these weaknesses? What type of pen tests can be done? As a last line of defense, your white hat knights will deploy all of their hacking knowledge and skills in an attempt to mask, hide, and protect vulnerabilities and weaknesses in your system. There are five types of testing that each has their own level of difficulty and security. Follow as we take a brief look at each type of test. Targeted testing is considered a “light-turned-on” test, which means all parties involved are aware of the testing going on and can actively observe what tests are being executed. External testing aims at the company’s external visible assets like domain name servers, e-mail servers, as well as web and firewall servers. The purpose of this test to is to determine where and how an outsider can gain entry and once they have, what type of information can they see, change, and access.
Internal testing is considered an inside attack and is usually used to determine how much internal damage a potential employee can cause with various levels of network access. These tests take place behind the firewall by an authorized user. Blind testing is carried out providing limited information to the attacker, in most cases, just a company name will be provided. This requires prior research for the tester/attacker and is a more expensive test to perform because of the amount of time and efforts required. Double blind testing is basically an advanced version of a Blind test. This penetration test is usually private and only known to be testing by 1-3 people in the entire organization. These types of tests are helpful in determining a company’s security monitoring efficiency, ability to identify incidents, and to properly response to threats.
With the number of hackers on the rise, the level of security needed to protect your business’s data is also growing. What is your company doing to protect itself from increasing digital threats? Do not leave this to chance.