Application Penetration Testing: Why You Need to Hack Your Own Systems

It’s estimated that cyberattacks will cost companies $2 trillion worldwide in 2017.

But while most people only hear about high-profile hacks, like those suffered by Yahoo and Sony, the reality is that companies of all sizes are at risk. Today’s small businesses rely on a wide variety of applications to carry out their day-to-day activities, and these applications can quickly become a target for hackers if they find vulnerabilities in them.

Read on to learn more about why your company should consider hacking its own systems to safeguard its assets – including customer data and privacy – and what application penetration testing can involve.

Application Safety

Each application your company uses poses its own unique vulnerabilities that can threaten the security of staff and customer data, trade secrets, and more.

By hacking into your own systems, you can discover these vulnerabilities before a real cyber-attacker does, and start to fix them. Hiring a firm that specializes in application penetration testing is the best way to ensure that your business applications are secure and hacker-proof.

Application penetration testing looks for weaknesses in your systems that hackers would try to find. Although it sounds like a drastic measure, this preventative testing process can ensure the safety of the information contained in your applications.

So, what should you look for when choosing a firm to handle your company’s application penetration testing? And what will the firm do exactly to ensure that your business applications are safe to use?

Preventative Hacking

To effectively protect your company’s applications from real hackers, a cybersecurity firm will essentially follow the steps a potential hacker would take. That type of testing includes, but is not limited to, the following stages.

Searching for Backup Systems

Hackers will often look for backup systems that replicate information in a secure setting. This can include everything from employee information to consumer payment information. An application penetration testing expert will not only try to hack your regular system, but your backup data, too.

Exploiting Vulnerabilities

Professional testing will identify the weaknesses in your company-owned networks and applications. This is then taken a step further when the firm simulates an attack on your company, which helps to prove or disprove the true threat of hacking.

Maintaining Compliance

If you have a site that accepts payments or contains healthcare data, for example, there are some guidelines you are required to follow. Application penetration testing can make sure you are compliant with whatever directives impact your applications.

Automated and Manual Testing

Some automated testing will help pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of your business data and applications, but the right firm will have human experts who run their own tests.

There is simply no match for the innovativeness and creativity of the human brain. If a hacker can dream it, then a cybersecurity expert can find it, too. Make sure that hands-on, human testing is part of your company’s security plan.

Combination Testing

There is no single test that will determine the strength of your small business applications. Hackers will try, and then try again until they find a vulnerability. This is why the firm testing your applications must do the same. A real-world understanding of which risks are inherent to your small business applications is imperative – and so is knowing how to close those gaps.

Your business applications are some of your most valuable tools. It’s important to protect those assets both at launch and throughout the lifespan of the applications you use. As hacking technology evolves, so must protection.

Contact Sentek Global today to speak to our expert team about application penetration testing to better secure your company and its assets.