Penetration tests demonstrate how a malicious actor might breach your organization, helping you to prevent such an occurrence.
Every organization maintains valuable assets, whether sensitive data or systems that are critical to operations. Penetration tests help you determine whether these assets are being properly secured. Additionally, these tests must be conducted to achieve compliance with regulations and standards, including the Payment Card Industry (PCI).
Penetration tests are conducted within an allotted time frame and offer close to real-life examples of an attacker targeting your organization. These tests show what attackers could achieve as well as how they would be able to achieve it. This helps you determine the weakest links in your security, allowing you to better allocate resources to protect the areas that really need it.
During tests, our consultants use the same techniques deployed by real-life attackers attempting to breach systems and applications or gain access to sensitive data. The types of penetration testing RSM conducts are below:
- Internal penetration tests—performed against your internal network
- External penetration tests—performed against your external environment
- Wireless penetration tests—performed against the wireless network
- Mobile or host intrusion testing—performed against mobile devices such as laptops or mobile phones
Throughout these assessments, RSM seeks to link together weaknesses in systems, networks, devices, or even user awareness to achieve a compromise. If successful, RSM attempts to determine the impact an attacker with that kind of access can accomplish. For example, will an attacker be able to bring down your systems? Compromise user accounts? Obtain credit card, customer, employee, medical, proprietary or other sensitive data?
Finally, penetration tests can help you assess your organization’s monitoring and incident response capabilities as well as offer advice as to how to mitigate the risks from both tactical and strategic perspectives.
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