The Real Benefits of Conducting Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT)


An organization, regardless of its size, purpose and location is susceptible to cybersecurity threats. This is so, once an organization has data and operates in a networked environment.

The security landscape continues to show the growing incidence of security breaches, which is often due to poor or ineffective security measures and a reactive approach to risk management. As a result,numerous cyber incidents continue to be reported across multiple sectors worldwide. The 2017 Trustwave Report[1] disclosed that the retail, food and beverage, and finance and insurance industries were the most affected (22%, 20% and 14%, respectively), where the primary types of data targeted were card track data, card not present data (CNP), and financial credentials.Given that close to $4 million is the average cost of data breach[2], a reactive cybersecurity posture is likely to result in significant financial and reputational losses.

A shift to a more proactive approach to protecting data and the organizational infrastructure has become a necessity. This perspective will help to reduce risks and the high costs associated with recovering from a security and data breach.To be more proactive, an organization needs to acknowledge and accept that certain myths continue to put their data and information assets at risk. Some of the myths include that an organization is secured because:

However, no organization is immune, and as such, the adoption of industry standards, including a Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT), is a vital step in minimizing these vulnerabilities.The scope of a VAPT is generally informed by the industry and company’s requirements. It is usually carried out by an independent third party, for a specified period, to support an organization’s cybersecurity security mission.

A VAPT is a two-pronged proactive approach to strengthening an organization’s cyber defenses.During a VAPT, a detailed and comprehensive assessment of, and probe into the organization’s infrastructure is undertaken. Its purpose is to identify and evaluate security risks to correct and minimize these risks, where:

Periodic VAPT is typically recommended to actively strengthen an organization’s security posture.This approach facilitates the provision of clear and specific “early warning signals” about the applications, systems and network. In other words, the weaknesses in the infrastructure are identified before they can be exploited by intruders and malicious insiders. Additional benefits include, opportunities to:

Some may view a VAPT as a costly endeavor, too intrusive or that it places a strain the organizational resources. However, these are largely misplaced. The cost and effort of securing a network against data breach pales in comparison to the cost and effort of cleaning up after a breach[3]. Thus, conducting a VAPT should be prioritized in order to protect an organization’s data and information assets.

Wilson Consulting Group (WCG) provides VAPT services to both government and private organizations at a competitive rate. Our key objective is to support you in improving your security posture by thoroughly evaluating threats and vulnerabilities to your applications, databases, systems and network environment. Our approach involves:

Work with us and make the investment in strengthening your infrastructure.

[1]2017 Trustwave Global Security Report

[2]2017 Cost of Data Breach Report

[3]2017 Trustwave Global Security Report

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