What is a penetration tester – and what can they do for your business?

Penetration testers, known informally as ‘pen testers’ or ‘ethical hackers’, play the role of hackers trying to break into your systems.

Using a suite of tools, penetration testers can spot problems and offer advice on how to avoid attacks on everything from business apps to industrial control systems. 

There are many reasons you might want to engage the services of a penetration tester.

A penetration test might offer a ‘fresh start’ after a cybersecurity scare, or it might offer a way to make a business case for further security investment. 

If you’ve simply ‘back burnered’ security for a while, or relied on your IT provider to handle it for you, penetration testers offer the ultimate ‘fresh eyes’ on your security situation. 

What are penetration tester skills?

Penetration testers are skilled cybersecurity professionals who use penetration testing tools (similar to those deployed by hackers) to highlight weaknesses in systems. 

They are highly qualified experts: at Stratia Cyber, all of our pen testers are CREST-accredited for Penetration Testing in EMEA, and part of the penetration tester job description is ability to use a wide variety of tools for everything from static code analysis to vulnerability detection. 

Pen testers can deploy various remote tools to see where the ‘gaps’ in your defences are, but can also visit your premises and talk to your employees. 

For a full list of the tools our penetration testers use at Stratia Cyber, click here (scroll to the bottom to read). 

That means, as a business leader, you can get a top-down view of any and all problems, 

What is the importance of penetration testing in an enterprise? 

The beauty of penetration testing is that penetration testers can fit the specific needs of your business, whether that involves scoping out potential weaknesses in your app, or dealing with the physical security of your premises.

This means that from the security of your mobile app to the awareness and training of your employees, you can get a quick, top-down view of any problems. 

As a business leader, this is a perfect way to plan your security spend: penetration testers can highlight what needs attention and how best to strengthen your defences. 

This is particularly useful if the way you work has changed: for example if you’ve moved to new premises or your business has shifted online. 

A penetration test offers a snapshot of where you really are, security-wise – and ensures you don’t overspend on technology you don’t need. 

With customer data and in particular personal identifiable information (PII) an increasing concern for business leaders, conducting a penetration test can also assure other organisations and your customers that their data is safe with you. 

Penetration tester vs ethical hacker – what can they find?

Penetration testers can test everything from industrial SCADA systems, to the physical security of buildings. 

Vulnerabilities will be scored against industry-standard measures such as the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (which we use at Stratia Cyber). 

As a business leader, this highlights problems before they occur, and helps the organisation prepare for any break-ins – and test whether security policies are effective. 

Penetration testers will offer detailed reports on any problems that they find (we pride ourselves on delivering reports in plain English at Stratia Cyber, so understanding the problems will not be a job in itself). 

To book a penetration test for your business, email us at cyber@stratiacyber.com

What is a penetration tester – and what can they do for your business? 

Penetration testers, known informally as ‘pen testers’ or ‘ethical hackers’, play the role of hackers trying to break into your systems.

Using a suite of tools, penetration testers can spot problems and offer advice on how to avoid attacks on everything from business apps to industrial control systems. 

There are many reasons you might want to engage the services of a penetration tester.

A penetration test might offer a ‘fresh start’ after a cybersecurity scare, or it might offer a way to make a business case for further security investment. 

If you’ve simply ‘back burnered’ security for a while, or relied on your IT provider to handle it for you, penetration testers offer the ultimate ‘fresh eyes’ on your security situation. 

What are penetration tester skills?

Penetration testers are skilled cybersecurity professionals who use penetration testing tools (similar to those deployed by hackers) to highlight weaknesses in systems. 

They are highly qualified experts: at Stratia Cyber, all of our pen testers are CREST-accredited for Penetration Testing in EMEA, and part of the penetration tester job description is ability to use a wide variety of tools for everything from static code analysis to vulnerability detection. 

Pen testers can deploy various remote tools to see where the ‘gaps’ in your defences are, but can also visit your premises and talk to your employees. 

For a full list of the tools our penetration testers use at Stratia Cyber, click here (scroll to the bottom to read). 

That means, as a business leader, you can get a top-down view of any and all problems, 

What is the importance of penetration testing in an enterprise? 

The beauty of penetration testing is that penetration testers can fit the specific needs of your business, whether that involves scoping out potential weaknesses in your app, or dealing with the physical security of your premises.

This means that from the security of your mobile app to the awareness and training of your employees, you can get a quick, top-down view of any problems. 

As a business leader, this is a perfect way to plan your security spend: penetration testers can highlight what needs attention and how best to strengthen your defences. 

This is particularly useful if the way you work has changed: for example if you’ve moved to new premises or your business has shifted online. 

A penetration test offers a snapshot of where you really are, security-wise – and ensures you don’t overspend on technology you don’t need. 

With customer data and in particular personal identifiable information (PII) an increasing concern for business leaders, conducting a penetration test can also assure other organisations and your customers that their data is safe with you. 

Penetration tester vs ethical hacker – what can they find?

Penetration testers can test everything from industrial SCADA systems, to the physical security of buildings. 

Vulnerabilities will be scored against industry-standard measures such as the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (which we use at Stratia Cyber). 

As a business leader, this highlights problems before they occur, and helps the organisation prepare for any break-ins – and test whether security policies are effective. 

Penetration testers will offer detailed reports on any problems that they find (we pride ourselves on delivering reports in plain English at Stratia Cyber, so understanding the problems will not be a job in itself). 

To book a penetration test for your business, email us at cyber@stratiacyber.com