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How to Prioritize Cybersecurity Before a Recession

Posted by Tierney Robinson on Jul 28, 2022 3:08:13 PM

Cybersecurity is one of the main factors to incorporate into your organization’s recession planning. One notorious online cybercriminal group, the Cobalt Cybercrime Gang, has been operating since 2013, completing over 100 heists totaling over EUR 10 billion in losses to the European financial industry. In a time when attackers are highly motivated and financial and reputational losses can have significant effects, it is crucial to have a clear picture and action plan regarding your cybersecurity posture.

With new threats emerging daily, it is essential to identify and address technical and operational risks proactively. Ensuring reliable and uninterrupted function of your operations during an incident means preparing for, protecting against, responding to, and recovering from a cyberattack.

A recession can occur unexpectedly with little to no warning and leave companies vulnerable to opportunistic and persistent threat actors. The two-fold impact of an economic downturn would be that companies reduce spending, often cybersecurity spending, and highly skilled individuals across the globe become desperate for income, possibly turning to “black hat” or malicious hacking. Successful cyberattacks lead to significant financial and reputational losses. Businesses need a mature cybersecurity program that is resilient to today’s complex and often uncertain threat environment.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, vulerability assessment, Penetration Testing, Incident Response, vCISO, Recession

How Often Should You Do Penetration Testing?

Posted by Willie Zhang on Jun 29, 2022 2:16:30 PM

A penetration test evaluates your external and internal networks from the perspective of a hacker and assesses the likelihood and impact of potential attacks.

Our cybersecurity experts at ProCircular recommend conducting External and Internal Penetration Testing at least once every year. Immediately after the penetration test, we’ll provide guidance to help you address critical and high-severity vulnerabilities. Over the following months, resolve lower-priority insecurities and recheck problem areas to prepare for the next annual test.

Why You Should Be Pen Testing Annually

In a perfect world, our experts would retest after any network adjustment or discovery of a new vulnerability within a cybersecurity system. In reality, penetration testing requires time and resources, so we use the results of each test for as long as they reliably represent the network security. The yearly cadence gives an organization enough time to implement the recommendations from the previous engagement while staying reasonably up-to-date on new attack vectors as they hit the cybersecurity landscape.

ProCircular’s penetration testers have the experience and technical expertise to help you understand exactly what each finding entails, and what it will take to seal that gap. Annual pen testing allows you to develop a clearer picture of your network year over year.
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Topics: Penetration Testing

Benefits Of Web App Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking

Posted by Lindy Trout on Apr 28, 2022 8:59:20 AM

How does a new application transition from being theoretically secure to real-world secure? Security controls are necessary, but it’s even more important to ensure they are implemented, enforced, and hardened correctly before the application is exposed to the internet. Start with a Web Application Penetration Test to reveal the most critical areas for improvement and outline a clear path to securing those vulnerabilities. This assessment is performed similarly to an External & Internal Network Penetration Test; an ethical (white hat) hacker scours your site (or network) for low-hanging fruit and hidden weaknesses, so you can put up the right defenses before the hackers in the wild have a chance to attack!

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Topics: Penetration Testing

Using an Interactive Cross-site Scripting Backdoor

Posted by Bill Thomas on Feb 26, 2021 3:29:48 PM

As a cybersecurity engineer and an unapologetically enthusiastic “web guy,” I have both a personal and professional interest in finding new exploitation methods. Recently, I found an interesting and creative way to control a browser by exploiting a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability. I learn by doing, so I executed the concept to see it work in practice. Without spoiling too much, I was very pleased with the results! This attack uses nothing more than Netcat and some clever XSS injection code. For those unfamiliar with Netcat, it’s a networking utility that reads and writes data across network connections.

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Topics: Network Security, Data Protection, Penetration Testing, hacking

How things stand: a cybersecurity recap of 2019

Posted by Aaron R. Warner on Dec 19, 2019 2:00:00 PM
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Topics: Cybersecurity, Network Security, Information Security, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, Incident Response, it risk assessment

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