With the cloud, Internet-of-Things and BYOD, coupled with insider and outside threats, and more valuable data flowing through networks, applications and devices, it’s more difficult than ever before to make sure the most important assets are protected at all times. Penetration testing can help with that effort because it involves “good” hackers using the same tools, techniques, practices and mindset as criminals to uncover and fix critical vulnerabilities before attackers get their hands on them.
X-Force Red, IBM Security’s team of veteran hackers, believes a penetration test is a manual exercise, which involves hackers thinking like criminals to find and leverage each vulnerability until they hit the pot of gold. Vulnerabilities exist within applications, networks, hardware, humans and devices, all connected in an infrastructure web. If attackers exploit just one, they could potentially compromise the entire environment.
In X-Force Red’s new whitepaper, Penetration testing: Protect critical assets using an attacker’s mindset, the team offers new statistics collected from its penetration testing engagements. The data shows that many organizations still struggle with hundreds of critical vulnerabilities exposing sensitive assets at any given time, and they exist within all facets of an organization’s environment. The paper also breaks down X-Force Red’s penetration testing services – application, network, hardware, human, ATM, automotive and IoT device testing.
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