Ethical Hacking – West Prime IT Checkup

Ethical Hacking: The Oxymoron That Could Save Your Business

We have wanted to write about this touchy subject for a while now – Ethical Hacking and why companies should be getting their networks checked by Westprime.

Penetration Testing

‘Penetration testing’ has been a reality in the corporate world for longer than many realise (who else saw ‘Sneakers’ in the theatres?). However, it has generally been beyond the reach of small businesses. This has only become a problem until fairly recently, as there was a general sense that small and mid-sized businesses made poor targets for malicious hackers – they don’t have huge amounts of money on hand to pay ransoms (or to steal), and their data itself was not considered particularly tempting.

But as I said, that was yesterday. Today, even small businesses are reporting hacks, penetrations and unauthorised accesses of their data in record numbers, and many a small trader has had to close for good, either because of a direct loss or a loss of reputation caused by such a hack.

The reality is that there has been a need (if not a conscious demand) for ‘penetration testing’ – good-guy hacking – at the SME level for years.

Certified Ethical Hacking Qualification

The good news is that there is finally a programme to give CEH (Certified Ethical Hacking) qualification, and there are finally Ethical Hackers – Data security experts able to target your computer systems at your request and with your permission – in order to discover any critical weaknesses in your security.

The process is at once simple and terribly complex.

The white-hat hacker, or penetration tester, takes on the role of a data thief, malicious hacker or other digitally savvy ne’er-do-well, and uses all of the ‘tricks of the trade’ to try to penetrate your local or remotely stored data.

At this point, I should say that none of this involves typing furiously as pages of serious-looking green text scroll by on the screen, and I have never once raised my hands in the air and shouted “I’m in!”

…ok, maybe once or twice…

Yes, Westprime offers penetration testing now.

So, as you might have guessed by all this, Westprime now offers ethical hacking and penetration testing, among our other security and data protection services. I myself can add Certified Ethical Hacker to my list of titles, and your business, no matter how large or small, can know for certain whether your security is really strong enough to shrug off a skilled and determined attack.

Get in touch with us about any of your IT needs, from ethical hacking to website development, we are certain to help – call 01656 808002 or send a message via the Contact Form.

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