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Penetration Testing. What is the ideal frequency?

May 17, 2023

Don't settle for 'Once’ - Determine the ideal frequency for penetration testing.

Penetration testing, also known as ethical hacking, is a process that involves simulating real-world attacks on computer systems, networks, or applications to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses. The frequency at which you should conduct penetration testing depends on several factors, including the nature of your organization, its risk profile, and any applicable regulatory or compliance requirements.

While every business need is different, it’s best practice to perform penetration tests regularly, 1 – 2 times per year.

Here are some general guidelines to consider:

  • Regularly Scheduled Testing: It is recommended to conduct penetration testing on a regular basis, typically annually or semi-annually. This helps ensure that your systems are regularly assessed for any new vulnerabilities that may have emerged since the last test.
  • Major System Changes: Whenever there are major system changes like network reconfigurations, software upgrades or the introduction of new applications - Performing Penetration Testing becomes imperative as it enables the identification of unintended security gaps that may have crept into the system during these changes.
  • New Applications or Services: Whenever new applications, web services or other software solutions are introduced security testing should be conducted before their deployment to identify any potential security flaws. This testing should be carried out before the system goes live and during its development phase to ensure maximum protection against any vulnerabilities.
  • Infrastructure Updates: Upgrading or replacing critical components of your network infrastructure such as firewalls, routers, or switches can also introduce potential vulnerabilities and hence must undergo thorough Penetration Testing to verify their effectiveness in keeping our systems safe from cyber threats.
  • Compliance Requirements: Some industries, such as finance, healthcare, or government, have specific regulatory or compliance obligations that mandate regular penetration testing. In such cases, you should adhere to the requirements outlined by the relevant authorities or standards (e.g., PCI DSS, HIPAA, ISO 27001).
  • Incident Response: If your organization experiences a security breach or an attempted attack, it is crucial to conduct penetration testing as part of your incident response plan. This helps determine the extent of the breach, identify the vulnerabilities that were exploited, and prevent future incidents.

When considering the timing and frequency of penetration tests, organizations often express concern about the associated costs, which is a valid consideration. However, it is crucial for organizations to be aware of and prioritize their advantages rather than solely focusing on costs. A penetration test has the potential to enhance organizational security and strengthen its ability to withstand threats in the environment. Additionally, it compels the firm to maintain a higher level of vigilance and proactively address security risks in order to minimize their impact.

How MBG can help?

MBG is your trusted partner in fortifying your organization's security against evolving cyber threats. With our expert penetration testing services, we identify vulnerabilities, assess risks, and help you enhance your overall security posture. Our mission is to safeguard your digital assets and ensure your peace of mind.

Our team comprises highly skilled and certified professionals who possess extensive experience in conducting comprehensive penetration tests across various industries.

Network Penetration Testing:

Uncover vulnerabilities in your network infrastructure, including routers, firewalls, and servers. Our network penetration testing service evaluates your network architecture, identifies weaknesses, and provides actionable recommendations to enhance security and prevent unauthorized access.

Web Application Security Testing:

Protect your web applications from potential attacks. Our web application security testing service thoroughly assesses your web applications for vulnerabilities, including SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and session hijacking. By identifying and addressing these vulnerabilities, we help you safeguard your sensitive data and ensure the integrity of your applications.

Mobile Application Security Testing:

As the use of mobile applications continues to rise, it is essential to secure them against potential threats. Our mobile application security testing service examines your mobile apps for vulnerabilities, such as insecure data storage, insecure communication, and code tampering. We help you mitigate risks and maintain the confidentiality and privacy of user data.

Cloud Application Security Testing:

Securing cloud environments is paramount to safeguarding sensitive data and ensuring business continuity. At MBG, we specialize in cloud application penetration testing, providing comprehensive assessments to identify vulnerabilities and fortify your cloud-based infrastructure.

API Security Assessment:

With the increasing reliance on APIs for seamless integration and data exchange, it is imperative to ensure their resilience against potential cyber threats. API security assessment involves comprehensive testing and evaluation of APIs to identify vulnerabilities, weak authentication mechanisms, insecure data handling, and potential attack vectors.

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