What is penetration testing?
A penetration test is an authorised simulation of a cyber-attack against your IT infrastructure. It’s an effective way of evaluating the security of a system or network and reports back to you any vulnerabilities identified that could impact your business or be leveraged to gain further access.
Why do I need a penetration test?
Without certified and experienced people reviewing your security status, how can you be sure your business isn’t vulnerable? A security breach not only attracts bad press, but can often result in reputational damage, financial loss, or regulatory failures. A penetration test greatly reduces the risk of a security breach by identifying vulnerabilities in your IT infrastructure and bringing them to your attention.
Westgate IT advises its customers schedule penetration tests at least once a year or after any significant level of change has been introduced into their IT estate.
What should I expect from a penetration test?
Westgate IT first establishes the scope and goals of the penetration test. This will determine the type of test performed and how it should be executed. Once all details have been ironed out, the penetration test will take place remotely, on-site in your office space, or a mixture of both depending upon the agreed scope.
After the penetration test Westgate IT can begin putting together your bespoke report. The report will outline everything that was performed during the test and highlight the vulnerabilities found, along with recommended solutions for you to implement.
Why should I use Westgate IT?
All of Westgate IT’s team are Tigerscheme certified penetration testers which is advised by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre for all non-governmental organisations seeking penetration testing services. Westgate IT are also ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus accredited.
Not only are Westgate IT qualified, they’ve been providing IT services for the last 22 years, establishing themselves as a trusted provider to many businesses across the South West.
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