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360 Advanced recommends a cyber-security New Year’s Resolution: Undergo annual penetration testing to strengthen data security defenses

December 20, 2018

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- You make New Year’s Resolutions about exercising more frequently, dietary changes for the better and other health-related personal promises to yourself and your family.

But what about the health and wellbeing of your data security defenses?

Is 2019 the year to resolve to be proactive about regular IT security and compliance checkups? As the threat environment increases almost daily because of the application of artificial intelligence, virus mutations, and the proliferation of professional data thieves and kidnappers, it just makes good sense.

Before December is out, 360 Advanced recommends you make public a resolution to add penetration testing to your lineup of periodic IT compliance procedures in 2019. A penetration test, or “pen test”, is a simulated cyber-attack against your system’s security controls intended to target, identify, and correct any exploitable vulnerabilities.

HOW TO CHOOSE A PEN TEST PROVIDER

If you are already a client of 360 Advanced, you need to look no further. Because there are numerous small (seemingly innocuous) changes in your software applications, personnel, vendors, CRM platforms, accounting and finance procedures, operations, data access permissions, and even office and plant environmental management systems (HVAC), penetration tests should be conducted at least annually (quarterly preferred), and certainly any time there are major architectural changes to your network and systems. All of those changes create potential vulnerabilities that an ethical hacker can expose for you.

Penetration testing is performed by 360 Advanced’s experienced team of ethical hackers with the goal of evaluating and identifying potential exploitable vulnerabilities before the bad guys do. Penetration tests are conducted against a variety of different environments, including web applications, networks, and other systems.

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Contact: Eric Ratcliffe eratcliffe@360Advanced.com

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