Three Reasons for Penetration Tests
Comply with regulatory requirements and avoid fines. Regulatory fines can be steep. Penetration tests can be helpful in addressing the requirements for regulations such as HIPAA and GLBA, but are required to comply with regulations such as PCI DSS 3.0 and FISMA. The costs associated with these kinds of fines vastly outweigh the costs of undergoing regular penetration tests. Be proactive.
Learn about holes in your security policies. Implementation of regular penetration tests is like practicing for a real-life hacker attack. It is a proactive approach to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure. The process will uncover and exploit vulnerabilities within your organization that you can properly mitigate before an actual attack happens. Penetration tests identify and prioritize risks.
Bill Peters is Director of Business Development for AISN.