Imagine you receive a PDF attachment from a friend or a colleague, you open it and you get a PDF attachment error because the file maybe damaged or not created properly. Your first thought is that the source may not be good, you run it through antivirus and it shows the file is clean; this gives you the feeling of safety. You now click ok to continue with your tasks to ask your IT for help for to try something else.
You didn't realize that you just got owned!
Getting to know yourself before the others do
With multi-tier network archtectures, web services, custom applications, and heterogeneous server platform environments, keeping data and information assets secure is more difficult than ever. Coupled with this added complexity is the fact that criminal organizations have organized their hacking efforts; it is no longer just â€œscript kiddiesâ€ trying to break into your network.
Although there are many ways to secure systems and applications, the only way to truly know how secure you are is to test yourself. By performing penetration tests against your environment, you can actually replicate the types of actions that a malicious attacker would take, giving you a more accurate representation of your security posture at any given time. Although most penetration testing methods have traditionally been somewhat ad-hoc, that has changed in the last several years. Robust, repeatable testing methodologies now exist, and high quality commercial tools can be implemented to ensure that both testing parameters and results are high-quality and trustworthy