[Published on April 24, 2022]

Is the IT environment in your company secure? Protect yourself with pentests!

Having antivirus software and a firewall and then assuming that your company is adequately protected against cybercrime is no longer enough these days. The threat of corporate cyberattacks has grown exponentially in recent years. On the one hand, this is because hacking tools are freely available to everyone on the Internet, allowing even the untrained to carry out cyberattacks.  On the other hand, there are more and more criminal hacker gangs that systematically and specifically exploit companies' vulnerabilities.

A professional penetration test can help counter this threat and test whether your company is sufficiently protected against a hacking attack.

A penetration test, or "pentest," is a comprehensive security check of your IT systems or networks. In this process, our cybersecurity experts (ethical hackers) attempt to penetrate the system to be tested through targeted attacks using various techniques and to check its vulnerability to attack.

Are you still hesitant to perform a pentest? Here are 5 reasons why a pentest is essential for your business:

1. Save money in the long run by conducting pentests in your company.

Of course, a pentest is initially costly. However, when weighed against the benefits it provides, it is a very sound investment. Identifying security vulnerabilities is far less expensive than dealing with the aftermath from a cyberattack. The cost of recovering from an attack can range from tens of thousands to millions of dollars.

A hacker attack costs an average of $4.24 million, according to the 2021 Cost of a Data Breach Report.

As a result, a pentest pays for itself almost as quickly as it is paid for.

2. Identify unknown vulnerabilities and security vulnerabilities in your network before criminals do!
Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and your networks, applications, and systems may have security vulnerabilities that you are unaware of. As a result, it's a constant race to discover these gaps before criminal hackers do. Regular pentests are the most effective way to determine the current state of your organization's cybersecurity and put appropriate controls in place to protect against new threats, allowing you to stay ahead of the hackers.
3. Maintain your company's image and customer loyalty.

Not only can a cyber attack cause significant financial damage, but it can also permanently harm your company's reputation and customer trust. A hacker attack can expose sensitive customer data, resulting in a immense loss of trust.

Regular pentesting ensures that your company's reputation and customer loyalty are not damaged in the first place.

4. Protect your company in time against the current threat situation.

Today, dramatic and complex cyberattacks against businesses are the order of the day and in the media headlines. Cyberattacks have never been more visible or dangerous to businesses than they are today.

This rising trend is supported by the data figures. According to a survey conducted by the audit and consulting firm EY, 4 out of every 5 Austrian companies have been victims of cyberattacks in recent years.

A penetration test can provide you with a realistic assessment of your company's "health" and resistance to cyberattacks.

5. Comply with cybersecurity regulations and laws.

For certain industries and processes, it is necessary to comply with certain standards. For example, some companies require a security audit of IT systems by an independent third party.

Standards such as ISO also often require companies to conduct mandatory tests of their security systems.

A security level proven by pentesting is a clear competitive advantage!

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