Cyber security services and solutions designed by IG Smart to help digital businesses (and those undergoing digital transformations) to thwart evolving and increasingly malicious cyber security threats. We apply our professional cyber security skills, experience and knowledge resources to identify and meet all of our clients cyber security needs. Using our team of global cyber security specialists and tools customised to your needs to simulate cyber security attacks against your organisation. Identifying high, medium and low risk vulnerabilities, and working with you to put appropriate organisational, people-based and technological controls to mitigate actual cyber security risks. Our approach enables us to work with you to meet your objectives of identifying the application and infrastructure gaps, as well as risks around your Web applications. Reporting of the identified security gaps and risks. Providing mitigating recommendations and hands-on remediation support.
Cyber Security threats pose unique risks to digital businesses. As the rate of digital adoption grows, the risks posed by Cyber Security threats increase. There are no hard perimeters – the old castle model is dead. “Outside In” models exist in many places. Expansion of cloud and hybrid models, are blurring the perimeter. Expansion of partners, associates, temporary staff, sub-contractors that interact broaden the threat landscape. Increased compliance requirements (like EU GDPR), particularly of personal data make for added complexity. Pervasive and mobile access to company information is increasing the attack surface. Rapid change of attack vectors require proactive responses. Our Cyber Security consultants work closely with you to help you achieve your digital transformation aspirations in a manner that can withstand evolving Cyber Security threats. Whatever stage you are at in your journey towards digital transformation, we are here to help you mitigate your Cyber Security risks.
Once we have customised the tools specific to the engagement we set out to identify cybersecurity threats which actually or potentially impact your organisation. The number of identified vulnerabilities is directly related to the duration of the test, and some other factors like [good/poor] network connectivity, active web application firewalls, application instability, and system changes during test, etc.
Each penetration test usually focuses on the high-risk vulnerabilities and, if none found, it analyses the medium-low risk vulnerabilities. That is why, in order to improve the security of the target systems, multiple penetration tests and vulnerability assessments should be performed periodically.
2. Showing the real risk of vulnerabilities
Due to the fact that penetration testers attempt to exploit the identified vulnerabilities, the client can see what an attacker could do if those vulnerabilities were really exploited in the wild (e.g. gain access to sensitive data, execute operating system commands, attack users, etc.).
Sometimes, a vulnerability that is theoretically classified as high risk can be rated as medium or low risk because of the difficulty of exploitation. On the other hand, low risk vulnerabilities might have a high impact because of the context, so they may become high risk. This analysis can only be performed by specialised people. Furthermore, human analysis of vulnerabilities ensures that no false positives are present in the report. This will help enable the client to reduce the time spent on investigating and fixing the vulnerabilities.
During a penetration test, the target clients’ security team should be able to detect multiple attacks and respond accordingly on time. Furthermore, if an intrusion is detected, the security and forensic teams should start investigations and the penetration testers should be blocked and their tools removed.
The effectiveness of your protection devices like IDS, IPS or WAF can also be tested during a penetration test. Many of the attacks should be automatically detected, alerts should be generated and dedicated people should act according to the organisations internal procedures.
4. Receiving third-party expert opinions
Often-times, the management of an organisation fails to act when certain problems are signaled from within the organisation. Even though IT people or security people present some issues to the management, they do not receive the necessary support or funding. Having an expert opinion or two to hand can help bolster the case for the support and funding required to mitigate cybersecurity threats, and make the job of implementing changes far more seamless.