Penetration testing is just one element in the overall process of obtaining confidence in the cyber security of the organisation. Consideration to security must be given in the architectural design of networks and the coding of applications and website. Where this is not the case penetration testing will provide an indication of what should be done to retrospectively apply security or to provide a ‘patch’ to make things better.
Many investigations of cyber attacks have highlighted that the system has been compromised for some time, often years, without the system owner knowing. The penetration test provides an insight into the internal controls and the ability of the SOC or NOC to identify attacks. If the test is conducted and there is no indication that it has been detected, it is highly likely that real attacks have not been detected either and further analysis is required.
It must be recognised that no security is impenetrable and therefore the ability to react to a cyber security incident is really important. The penetration testing is essential to test the organisation’s ability to respond. The statement that a penetration test will be quickly out of date is valid to some extent but without it the organisation is blind to the types of threats it is exposed to and the vulnerabilities in the systems. To be effective the testing programme must be placed in context and the links between assurance activities fully understood.
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What have we learned from 2017's biggest breaches and how will we deal with 2018's emerging threats? Attempting to look both backward and forward over the cyber landscape, Peter Wood will review lessons learned and apply them to the evolving threatscape.
If your processing and data is in the cloud, how can you deliver assurance, compliance and governance? How do you find the flaws and soft spots that criminals will exploit? From browser to database, through human factors and end points, this presentation will take a threat-based approach to securing the cloud.
The Internet of Everything affects everyone from multi-nationals to private citizens. The universal adoption of machine to machine communications in every aspect of our lives offers criminals a hugely expanded attack surface. How do we defend ourselves without undermining the benefits of the IoE?
Josh Downs, BrightTALK & Justin Clarke-Salt, MD, Gotham Digital Science
- BrightTALK at CRESTCON & IISP Congress -
BrightTALK caught up with Gotham Digital Science's Justin Clarke-Salt for an in-depth conversation on the current state of information security, today's threatscape and a discussion on the cyber industry.
Topics up for discussion:
- The evolution and future of cyber warfare
- How to run a comprehensive and complete pentest
- Where to start when building the ideal security team
- Financial security and how to best protect the banks
- GDPR and preparations to make to ensure full security for 2018
- The growth of the IoT and how to ensure we're protecting the connected devices
BrightTALK caught up with Obrela Security Industry's George Patsis for an in-depth conversation on the current state of information security, today's threatscape and a discussion on the cyber industry.
Topics up for discussion:
- The elements and process to run a really comprehensive pentest
- How banks are still juicy targets for cyber criminals and what they can be doing to ensure they're fully protected.
- How to get the maximum results from a security budget.
- The positive steps that George sees in the cyber security industry
Threat-based testing, accurately simulating criminal attacks, is a critical approach in securing FinTech. Attackers constantly evolve their attack methods and strategies in response to changing technologies, making it essential that security tests match the threat landscape.
The majority of internal and external cyber-attacks begin with exploiting vulnerabilities in the network and targeted applications. Over 99% of actual attacks exploit known vulnerabilities listed as known Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs). The traditional defence is to probe the system using manual or automatic vulnerability scanning techniques; but this produces a lot of redundant and irrelevant information that does not shed any light as to whether a hacker can use the vulnerability to reach a critical asset. The only solution today is human penetration testing, but infrequent testing does not reflect the network's dynamic nature, especially in today's virtual and cloud based environments.
A fresh approach to support manual penetration testing and enhance cyber resilience is to continuously and automatically test the network, applications and databases by using penetration testing techniques to expose vulnerabilities, establish complex attack path scenarios in real time and provide security and business insights to act on.
This presentation will look at the technology and role of machine-based penetration testing.
Key network infrastructure devices are overlooked yet they provide critical functionality. Exploiting web application weaknesses and service buffer overflows is exciting, but the housekeeping of network infrastructure is not. Issues in network infrastructure devices can lead to network wide problems that would cause system admininstration nightmares. This presentation provides a review of key security devices, often side-lined when looking at security. It covers the value of these devices to "Blue Teams", issues "Red Teams" can highlight, desired outcomes and auditing practices.
Ian Glover, President, CREST & Josh Downs, Information Security Community Manager, BrightTALK
Join this engaging session as BrightTALK conducts an in-depth interview with Ian Glover, President of CREST.
It's been a crucial year for cyber security with big breaches and newsworthy hacks. BrightTALK's Information Security Community Manager Josh Downs will be quizzing Ian for his thoughts on the cyber security industry and in particular:
- The big breaches of 2016 and lessons to be learnt
- The current threatscape
- The big vulnerabilities on the horizon
- Ian's insights into how to keep your company secure in 2017
We look forward to you joining us for the session.
The results of all the network penetration tests conducted by the First Base team over the past year have been analysed by Peter Wood. The annual review covers clients in a variety of sectors including banking, insurance and retail. This presentation identifies the most common vulnerabilities, how they can be exploited and the consequences for each business. Learn in detail how criminals can take advantage of these weaknesses and how you can secure your networks using straightforward techniques.
CREST represents the technical information security industry by:
- Offering a demonstrable level of assurance of processes and procedures of member organisations
- Validating the competence of their technical security staff
- Providing guidance, standards and opportunities to share and enhance knowledge
- Providing technical security staff recognised professional qualifications and those entering or progressing in the industry with support with on-going professional development