Since May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect, which stipulates that personal data must be protected against leaks and misuse. Personal data can be protected by taking appropriate technical and organizational measures. A pen test is one of those appropriate measures because it provides insight into the risks and vulnerabilities of the investigated environments. It is also checked whether (company) sensitive information is properly secured. Based on the advice from a pen test, risks and vulnerabilities can be mitigated and an organization can take its security to a higher level. Having a pen test performed is a valuable assessment of the systems examined,
A pen test is the best way to understand how vulnerable a company is and how it can be exploited. In a pen test, professionals anticipate and imitate the steps of cyber criminals in a controlled manner before they can find system/network weaknesses.
Downtime is expensive and in this case prevention is better than cure. With regular penetration testing, business continuity is easily manageable. If a pen test is performed regularly, you are aware of the current risks and this information is crucial for a business continuity plan.
From the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulation comes the recommendation to include regular testing to assess the resilience of applications and critical infrastructure. In some cases, companies risk fines for non-compliance. Penetration testing helps to comply with regulations.
Any security incident, especially the leakage of customer data, has a negative impact on an organization’s image and trust. If a company makes demonstrable use of penetration testing, this helps an organization to keep its brand value and customer trust intact.