LONDON April 19, 2012
The recently published white paper entitled "The Importance of Ethical Hacking: Emerging Threats Emphasise the Need for Holistic Assessments" by Frost & Sullivan, discusses benefits from independent ethical hacking assessments, the role of ethical hacking in an enterprise security architecture, as well as top technical concerns and solutions.
The major challenge for businesses is the complexity of security requirements due to changing hacking tactics, myriad security vulnerabilities, evolving business practices, new business technologies, and emerging security technologies. Those numerous organisation-specific security challenges are best solved by professionals with extensive expertise.
Ethical hacking offers an objective analysis of an organisation’s information security posture for organisations of any level of security expertise. The ethical hacking organisation has no knowledge of the company’s systems other than what they can gather. Hackers must scan for weaknesses, test entry points, prioritise targets, and develop a strategy that best leverages their resources. The objectiveness of this kind of security assessment has a direct impact on the value of the whole evaluation.
As organisations of all sizes and sophistication levels can benefit from objective, expert, third-party analysis, ethical hacking has become a more mainstream service in the past decade. "However, businesses still remain sceptical about the risk inherent with inviting a third-party to attempt to access sensitive systems and resources. To reduce this fear, businesses should hire only ethical hacking companies that implement practices to ensure privacy and confidentiality. They should also be accredited by international trade organisations such as the EC-Council and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)," advices Rodriguez.
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