Webinar Recap: Pen Testing Your Defenses for a Stronger Security Posture

Penetration testing webinar

In a recent webinar, Difenda’s cybersecurity experts discussed how you can overcome pen testing challenges and understand what exploitation techniques are possible in today’s cybersecurity landscape. They covered why offensive security is important, the steps your organization needs to take to protect its infrastructure and our attack-driven approach to penetration testing.  

Below are some key takeaways from the event.  

What is Pen Testing?

Pen testing aims to identify security weaknesses in networks, systems, and applications to improve your network’s security hygiene. Your penetration testing experts will actively exploit your systems using specific techniques like social engineering, without doing any long-term damage. With penetration testing, you can find gaps and vulnerabilities within your current system and better defend against real threat actors in the future. 

What does a penetration test assess?  

  • Internal and external networks  
  • Authenticated and unauthenticated applications  
  • Wireless networks 

Regularly testing your network enables you to gain key insights on vulnerabilities and your team to fix the problem. Ultimately strengthening your security posture over time.  

Why Penetration Testing?

Pen tests are designed to answer the question: What is the real-world effectiveness of my existing controls against an active, skilled attacker? And many compliance standards today require an answer.  

Compliance is a significant motivator for most companies when it comes to expanding their cybersecurity programs with penetration testing. Depending on your industry, your business may need to stay in compliance with regulations like PCI DSS, HIPAA, or ISO 27001. The standards you need to follow will require your company to meet specific objectives, like regularly scheduled penetration testing and security audits.  

But, even if some organizations don’t have a compliance box to check, to remain competitive many organizations need to prove that they align with certain standards. Pen testing is one way they do this. 

Difenda will ensure your security hygiene is up to par with these compliance regulations and more. Plus, we will issue a Security Certificate upon validating the identified vulnerabilities have been fixed within your network. 

Trends in the Industry 

As cyber attackers become more sophisticated at infiltrating networks, penetration testing methods will need to evolve with the threat landscape to remain effective. This means pen tests need to continuously use new methods and techniques laser-focused on today’s biggest security challenges. How can they do this? By aligning the focus of their people, processes, and technologies to create a unified approach on beating today’s biggest security issues.  

  • Coupling manual testing with automation: Most attacks typically leverage repeatable and automated processes to exploit known vulnerabilities. But what about the unknown vulnerabilities?  
  • Investment in training and certifications: With increased complexities in technology and processes cybersecurity security experts need to come armed with the relevant tools and credentials needed to discover unknown weaknesses in your environment. 
  • Standardization around frameworks: Everyday new and more stringent regulations are being put into place to standardize and quantify pen testing efforts.  

Top Security Challenges with Pen Testing

Pen tests aim to identify weaknesses in your network and regularly testing your network enables you to gain key insights into vulnerabilities. But pen testing often requires a huge time commitment and lots of continual research. In addition, the following penetration testing challenges are affecting almost all businesses: 

  • An increasing number of endpoints and the Internet of things are creating huge volumes of data and is creating large attack surface.  
  • Cloud adoption and interconnected devices are rapidly dissolving the perimeter.  
  • Hiring, training and maintaining security personnel that have the skills to complete remediations.
  • New complex frameworks, regulations and compliance standards. 
  • Operational efforts continue to increase while resources remain relatively the same. 

To solve this, many businesses are augmenting their security teams by partnering with penetration testing experts like Difenda.

The Modern Approach to Penetration Testing

We’ve built a strategic approach to penetration testing that is tried, tested and proven in the field. We take a business-first and outcome-based approach to effectively communicate your cyber risk profile. 

  • Intelligence Gathering: Gather detailed information about internal or external environments.  
  • Threat Modeling: Identify attack scenarios and associated risks based on environment information. 
  • Vulnerability Analysis: Systematically identify weaknesses in the environment. 
  • Exploitation: Conduct proof of concept exploitation of identified weaknesses. 
  • Post-Exploitation: Identify and exploit privilege escalation vulnerabilities and pivot to other systems. 
  • Detailed Reporting: Provide detailed reporting on findings along with risk rating, business impact & prioritized remediation recommendations. 

Wrapping Up

Difenda’s cybersecurity experts offered a lot of valuable information during the webinar for organizations needing to strengthen their defense with penetration testing. From exploring the current security network to addressing up-and-coming pen testing frameworks, they made it clear that organizations need to be putting expert pen testing at the forefront of their endpoint defense.  

Don’t risk choosing an ineffective penetration testing strategy that could cost you. Difenda will asses the security hygiene of your outward presence, including your perimeter devices, servers, applications, and encryption technology. We can target anything that is accessible from the Internet for potential security vulnerabilities. 

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Megan Miller

Megan Miller’s energy and passion for learning flow into all aspects of her work. As the Growth Manager, North America, she brings a background in sciences which she has transitioned to the tech sector in her role at Difenda.

With a Bachelors of Science in Geology, Megan is a lifelong learner who is voracious about learning anything she can get her hands on about cybersecurity. Her positive energy has built a sales strategy with a focus on expanding in the United States while nurturing the Canadian presence. She is responsible for recruiting and training the sales team. Together with the company’s leadership, she creates the sales process and the company’s product strategy in order to better serve the customer base. This ensures that our customers have a highly trained and highly motivated team to help them every step of the way, Megan has completed Microsoft SC-900 training and working towards mastering Microsoft.

Whether at work or play, Megan is fully committed. She took her love of hockey all the way to the semi-professional level as a competitive hockey player. Megan loves all things sports including water skiing, scuba diving, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoys time with family and reading about alternative energy, innovation, and cybersecurity.

Natasha Phanor

As the Microsoft Partner Manager at Difenda, Natasha Phanor is responsible for driving growth within our Microsoft Partnership. With six years in the industry, she offers a fresh, energetic approach, and the ability to focus on our customer’s needs throughout the entire process. Natasha has the innate ability to foresee customer needs and solve problems before they arise, which creates a smooth road for each customer she encounters.

As the recipient of the Outstanding Services Partner of the Year Award in 2018, it is clear that Natasha responds quickly to customer needs, creates a platform for understanding a customer’s business requirements, and walks them through the process to ensure their complete satisfaction.

In her spare time, Natasha is as energetic and passionate as she is on the job. A self-proclaimed foodie-extraordinaire, she enjoys dinner parties, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and reading. Natasha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from Ryerson University.

Lisa Templeton

Lisa Templeton is the perfect combination of human empathy and technological prowess. In her role as People Services Manager, she takes care of our team members to support them in their daily work, as well as on their personal life paths. Happy employees make for happy customers, and Lisa excels in giving our employees the tools they need for success in order to become the best possible versions of themselves. Along with employee formation, she shines in the service delivery support domain to continuously improve the process. Her 24 years of experience in IT Operations and Service Management help her create quality and efficiency at Difenda.

Having attended the Information Systems Management certificate program at Ryerson University, and with various other certifications to her credit, Lisa is perceptive and innovative when it comes to information technology, but also sensitive to the needs of her human constituents. Responsible for achieving the first privately owned company HDI Support Center certification in Canada, she has also designed and implemented Service Management excellence programs and 24×7 IT Operations departments for multiple IT organizations, and has created corporate rewards and recognition programs to keep her employees engaged and motivated.

On the personal side, Lisa passionately supports the cause of breast cancer research, having lost her mother to the disease. She reads voraciously in her spare time, and enjoys the art of home renovation. The summer months also bring time on her boat and exploring new hiking trails.

Miranda McCurdy

Miranda McCurdy uses her myriad super powers in all aspects of her job and personal life. As the Marketing Director at Difenda, Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to the table, which includes expertise in all facets of operations, brand management, and content marketing, as well as a multitude of successful strategies for the ever-expanding digital world. She is an expert at simplifying the message the company is trying to send, filling in gaps in the information, and strengthening the content in order to create compelling narratives that strengthen the brand and developing programs that bring teams together.

With several Addy Awards issued by the American Advertising Federation Cleveland to her credit, and her never say die attitude, Miranda understands both the broader picture and the minute details that are needed to successfully market a product. With her abilities to harness both the talent needed to spread the message, as well as to create the message itself, she is an integral cog in the company’s ability to communicate with customers and other stakeholders.

When she is not building a brand, she shares her ability to fill the gaps in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Charleston Food Bank. In her spare time, Miranda spends time with her family, enjoys fitness and health, paddle boarding, reading, and arts and crafts.

Juliana Zaremba

Connections are the name of the game for Juliana Zaremba. As Strategic Partnerships Director, she is responsible for Difenda’s channel partnerships and the development and ownership of the channel partner program. She is also responsible for the global Microsoft Partnership, including the creation of strategic plans with MSFT contacts that will facilitate the continued growth of the business and establish certification and training protocols in all security technologies. Her role is multifaceted, as she acquires partners, manages relationships with them, and develops strategies that will provide cutting edge security solutions to our customer base. Another integral aspect of her job is to facilitate growth.

With a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and 14 years of experience from her previous roles at Herjavec Group and CDW, her cutting edge focus and ability to develop long-lasting relationships and strategies provides world class security solutions to our customer base.

Juliana thrives on connections outside of work as well. She is a philanthropist and contributor with Women4Change based in Hamilton. This group of local women is passionate about supporting local causes, and she focuses her efforts around Women in STEM. She is also a member of Club Italia in Niagara Falls and supports their youth events throughout the year.

When not managing the Microsoft Global partnership, Juliana enjoys reading, often reading several books at once. Juliana enjoys exploring the Niagara Escarpment with her family, as well as sharing meals and experiences with her extended family. Juliana’s competitive nature has her always trying new things, like Whoop band challenges and Peloton.

Jeffry Jacob

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