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Ethical hacking vs penetration testing: what’s the difference?

The terms ‘ethical hacking and ‘penetration testing’ are often used interchangeably when referring to the process of probing an organisation’s systems, but they’re actually slightly different. Knowing where they deviate is essential as they’re each a core component of cyber security. You don’t want to call for an ethical hacker when you want a penetration tester or vice versa, because you’ll end … [Read more...]

Why your organisation should conduct regular penetration tests

It might sound crazy to the uninitiated, but organisations across the globe pay people to break into their systems and find sensitive information.  The reason they do this is simple: to catch a thief, you must think like one. Organisations hire ethical hackers, otherwise known as penetration testers, to make sure they have someone who’s one step ahead of the tactics that crooks use.    What … [Read more...]

One in four organisations were breached in the first half of 2019

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that 2019 has continued a growing upwards trend of cyber crime, but Bitdefender has revealed just how extensive the threat is.  Its Mid-Year Threat Landscape Report 2019 revealed that 24% of organisations suffered a breach in the first half of the year.  Meanwhile, many of those that haven’t reported an incident admit it’s possible that they’ve suffered one but … [Read more...]

How to identify and respond to cyber threats

“How can we avoid cyber attacks?” That’s the question every organisation is asking as the threat of cyber crime continues to spiral.  It’s easy to point to solutions like anti-malware software or encrypting sensitive information, but as we explain in this blog, things are rarely that simple.  That’s because threats come in many forms, and it takes a holistic approach to deal with them … [Read more...]

Hacking with AWS: incorporating leaky buckets into your OSINT workflow

Penetration testing is often conducted by security researchers to help organizations identify holes in their security and fix them, before cybercriminals have the chance. While there’s no malicious intent for the researcher, part of his job is to think and act like a cybercriminal would when hacking, or attempting to breach, an enterprise network. Therefore, in this article, I will review … [Read more...]

Credit unions should be prepared for crimeware

We recently discussed why credit unions must conduct regular penetration tests. The bulk of that article covered the legal obligations for testing and the ways in which you can comply with those requirements.  However, we didn’t delve into the reason that penetration testing is essential – which we’ll put right here.    How penetration testing helps organisations  Penetration testing is … [Read more...]

How Ireland’s Credit Unions can meet their penetration testing requirements

Credit unions in Ireland are required to conduct a penetration test once a year, and send the results to the Central Bank of Ireland for review.  According to a report published by the Bank last year, credit unions are getting better at doing this. But for those that are still unsure how to complete this process or simply want to get better at it, this blog explains everything you need to know … [Read more...]

FAI hit with data breach

The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) confirmed yesterday that servers in its Dublin headquarters were breached in an external hack over the weekend.  In a statement released on Wednesday, the FAI said that the breach affected its email services, but not customers’ payment details or ticket sales as this information is stored offsite.   The FAI has hired a forensic computer scientist … [Read more...]

Top 5 tips for tackling the rising threat of data breaches

Cyber security is a daunting topic. Every week there’s a new big data breach, experts are constantly warning that “you’re next”, and the threat of fines and other disciplinary action under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) lingers over all of us. To help you understand how to address these issues, IT Governance Director Steve Watkins gave us his top five tips for staying … [Read more...]

What is the right penetration test for you?

It seems like we hear about another data breach on a daily basis. Recognised companies such as Facebook, Ticketmaster and Dixons Carphone – to name but a few – have recently suffered at the hands of criminal hackers, who are gaining access to organisations’ networks using a variety of techniques.   Penetration testing is a systematic process of probing for vulnerabilities in your applications and … [Read more...]