How Important Is Ethical Hacking For Enterprise Security Architecture?

How Important Is Ethical Hacking For Enterprise Security Architecture?

With the increasing need for information security, business organizations which plan to adopt new technologies like IT outsourcing, virtualization, and cloud computing must be able to identify and face each security threats and come up with security architectures, policies, and processes. They must consider taking advantage of ethical hacking which is getting popular as an important security practice.

In a white paper recently released by Frost & Sullivan, “The Importance of Ethical Hacking: Emerging Threats Emphasize The Need For Holistic Assessments”, ethical hacking benefits were discussed aside from its role, solutions, and technical concerns. According to the report, the success and sophistication of cyber attacks can be directly traced to the funding of well-trained, highly motivated, and well organized groups of programmers by huge criminal organizations and nation states. Due to the increased threat, there is now a need for a more comprehensive assessment of a company’s security measures. It is important for the business entity to set up effective infrastructure, procedures, and security policies in order to prevent or reduce the effects of data hacking.

Because of the ever transforming hacking tactics, various security vulnerabilities, fresh business technologies, changing business practices, and new security technologies, a business entity now faces a huge challenge when it comes to security requirements. Only professionals with a wide expertise can best solve these various security challenges.

Ethical hacking provides an objective analysis of the business’s security. An organization engaged in ethical hacking usually has no knowledge of the business’s systems except those which they can easily tap. These hackers typically scan for weaknesses, prioritize targets, test entry points, as well as create a strategy which can best put their resources in a great advantage. After the security measures are assessed, the ethical hacking company can then prescribe remediation advice for the business’s unique security objectives, capabilities, and IT environment. The business entity can do fine-tuning of their security tools, make adjustments on their security policy and efforts, as well as identify any required training.

Various organizations of different sophistication levels and sizes can benefit from ethical hacking because it can provide a third-party, expert, and objective analysis. According to the report, businesses are still skeptical about taking advantage of the ethical hacking service because they are not comfortable in allowing a third-party to access their sensitive resources and systems. To alleviate this fear, it is best for organizations to employ an ethical hacking service which has implemented practices which guarantees confidentiality and privacy. The ethical hacking company must be accredited by EC-Council and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.

For the organizations security architecture to be effective, it must be verified regularly. This may pose as a great challenge especially for business entities which have complicated IT environments including new technologies, policies, end-user awareness, and security solutions. Each of these systems is tested in order to emulate an attack scenario. According to Chris Rodriguez of Frost & Sullivan, “Ethical hacking services are the best way to attain valuable assessments and recommendations necessary to properly tune these complex security measures”.

Frost & Sullivan has 50 years of experience in partnership with various companies, including the investment community and emerging businesses. It empowers its clients to achieve accelerated growth, leadership, and innovation by providing best-practice models and disciplined research focused in implementation, evaluation, and generation of growth strategies. It has presence in 6 continents comprising at least 40 offices.

By Florence de Borja

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Three Challenges of Network Deployment in Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Private Cloud

Three Challenges of Network Deployment in Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Private Cloud

Hyperconverged Infrastructure In this article, we’ll explore three challenges that are associated with network deployment in a hyperconverged private cloud environment, and then we’ll consider several methods to overcome those challenges. The Main Challenge: Bring Your Own (Physical) Network Some of the main challenges of deploying a hyperconverged infrastructure software solution in a data center are the diverse physical…

Maintaining Network Performance And Security In Hybrid Cloud Environments

Maintaining Network Performance And Security In Hybrid Cloud Environments

Hybrid Cloud Environments After several years of steady cloud adoption in the enterprise, an interesting trend has emerged: More companies are retaining their existing, on-premise IT infrastructures while also embracing the latest cloud technologies. In fact, IDC predicts markets for such hybrid cloud environments will grow from the over $25 billion global market we saw…

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

The True Meaning of Availability What is real availability? In our line of work, cloud service providers approach availability from the inside out. And in many cases, some never make it past their own front door given how challenging it is to keep the lights on at home let alone factors that are out of…

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

Incident Response Planning – Part 1 The topic of cybersecurity has become part of the boardroom agendas in the last couple of years, and not surprisingly — these days, it’s almost impossible to read news headlines without noticing yet another story about a data breach. As cybersecurity shifts from being a strictly IT issue to…

5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

Embracing The Cloud We love the stories of big complacent industry leaders having their positions sledge hammered by nimble cloud-based competitors. Saleforce.com chews up Oracle’s CRM business. Airbnb has a bigger market cap than Marriott. Amazon crushes Walmart (and pretty much every other retailer). We say: “How could they have not seen this coming?” But, more…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly…

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Cloud Architecture These days, Multi-Tier Applications are the norm. From SharePoint’s front-end/back-end configuration, to LAMP-based websites using multiple servers to handle different functions, a multitude of apps require public and private-facing components to work in tandem. Placing these apps in entirely public-facing platforms and networks simplifies the process, but at the cost of security vulnerabilities. Locating everything…

3 Keys To Keeping Your Online Data Accessible

3 Keys To Keeping Your Online Data Accessible

Online Data Data storage is often a real headache for businesses. Additionally, the shift to the cloud in response to storage challenges has caused security teams to struggle to reorient, leaving 49 percent of organizations doubting their experts’ ability to adapt. Even so, decision makers should not put off moving from old legacy systems to…