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Can you imagine hiring someone to rob your house? Of course, that would be absurd. What if, however, the purpose was not to actually steal anything, but rather to find vulnerabilities that real thieves would discover? For this kind of service, someone with the skills of a professional burglar would check all the locks, windows, and alarm systems. It might seem genuinely strange to pay for a service like this, but, at the same time, it makes a lot of sense. It would give a clear idea of your level of protection.
There is a similar service in the sphere of cybersecurity; it’s called penetration testing. Conducted by a group of professional bug hunters, penetration testing allows you to see the full picture of all the vulnerabilities in the protection of your information system. This testing is highly appropriate for any companies that conduct the majority of their operations online.
The websites that are used by modern IT companies are vulnerable to penetration attacks by black hat hackers. In fact, in 2017 it was found that about 75% of the most recognised and important websites contained critical mistakes that could damage the company if discovered by malefactors. Moreover, if you are the owner of a small or medium business and think that cybercriminals will not be interested, you are very wrong. Slightly more than 40% of all the attacks are targeted in this sector. Besides, on average each hacked company lost $3.62 million the previous year. The numbers are high, and, unfortunately, there is no guarantee that your company will avoid the fate of so many others.
For IT companies and ICO startups, cybersecurity should become a top priority. A reputation for rock-solid security significantly strengthens customer loyalty. A lack of cybersecurity, at the same time, is one of the key reasons why organizations lose their clients. The cornerstone of any successful ICO campaign is a safe crowdsale. This cannot be reached without a secure website or application. At the same time, young companies and well-established market players must ensure the highest level of security for their products, systems, and applications.
The Global Ecosystem of white hats, Hacken, recently launched a penetration testing service. The service provides several types of research. The primary one is visual; it gives a set of recommendations that need to be considered for the protection of the company’s information system. This type of research gives an analysis of vulnerabilities. Next, the experienced bug hunters will check the mobile applications to make sure that cryptocurrency customers and investors can use them without compromising safety. Finally, advanced penetration testing involves checking the company’s servers; this analysis is the deepest.
The bug hunters will look for anything unusual and inappropriate in the applications as well as the server of the company. For instance, if there is any modification of information. Also, any previous attacks on the investors and clients are traced to determine whether there are any topical dangers to the finances. The hunters make sure that applications and programs are controlled by the intended servers.
Penetration testing starts from the pre-engagement interaction and is followed by intelligence gathering. Next, there is threat modelling which allows determining and analysing the potential dangers related to the relevant application. When these are defined, the white hat hackers create an account and analyze the system vulnerabilities. This step is followed by exploitation, which allows the bug hunters to make the final report which is provided to the owners of the business.
There are several alternatives to penetration testing. For instance, expensive and complicated to use software is available online, as well as some free testing services. The main drawback is a lack of permanent control, which is the very thing needed to protect the system on a daily basis. Besides, online penetration testing tools like Metasploit or Wireshark don’t trace the progress of the applications and websites. A single check will give a rather narrow result regarding the real opportunities for penetration likely to be found by black hat hackers, while regular updates in this sphere significantly decrease the chances of the attack.
Despite the fact that the penetration testing service has only recently become available, Hacken has already protected two well-known companies from black hat attacks. Our clients are Qbao and Kuna; and they can share their positive experience in making their cybersecurity stronger with the help of Hacken. This service is now available for any companies that require it.
To sum up, penetration testing is a service that should be prioritized by all companies that care about the safety of their information systems and financial operations. The service will help investors make operations safer within the company’s applications. The number of black hat attacks all over the world is growing on a daily basis, and although the 100% guarantee can never be given, Hacken team does our best to ensure quality protection against cyber crimes.