Ethical hacking is becoming more and more popular as healthcare organizations are being targeted and compromised by malicious hackers. Every month there is a growing number of organizations being fined due to data leaks and patient information being exposed via intrusions by hackers. Learn what ethical hacking is and why it could be good for your company in this post.
What is “ethical hacking”?
There are a few differences that separate ethical hacking procedures from other forms of hacking:
- You have consent to probe and identify security vulnerabilities
- You stay within the scope of allowed territory defined by client
- Any security flaws discovered are turned over to the manufacturer and the company you are attempting to compromise.
Hacking is dangerous, isn’t it?
People often question the idea that hacking can be done safely and ethically, mostly because the word “hacker” has a negative connotation. In the past when hacking was mostly used for malicious purposes, this thought process wasn’t far off. Today, HealthPOINT and other security-driven companies aim to shed light on the positive impact of ethical hacking.
How could hacking of any kind possibly be good for our company?
The truth is, ethical hacking or penetration testing, when completed by a reputable, experienced source, is the best way to assess the actual level of security that your company holds. This is because the procedures of an experienced penetration testing team mimics almost exactly what a real attacker would do. The difference between a real attack and a test, is:
- More precautions are taken by pen-testers
- Vulnerabilities are reported
- Solutions are recommended to owners of the network
- Network defenses are evaluated thoroughly
There are similarities between real attacks and hired attacks:
- They both use the same tools, most of which are freely available to the public
- The same attack surfaces and vulnerabilities are exploited
- Gaining access to important data is the primary goal
Security evaluation is important, now more than ever. Nearly every successful provider’s office is run digitally, and this means it has the potential of being breached by hackers. If a clinic or hospital is connected to the Internet, it is vulnerable to attack. Companies need to have their networks evaluated by qualified personnel to ensure the chance of a data breach is minimalized.
Hiring a team of ethical hackers to test your network is going to give you a complete assessment of how secure your network really is. The benefits of having your security tested are plentiful, and could help you prevent a data breach that has the capability to destroy your business.
For more information about how network penetration testing and vulnerability assessments can help prevent a costly security breach to your organization, sign up for a free consultation with us today.