Fox Data Cybersecurity is far more than investing in hardware and software. First and foremost, cyber security is a business issue. This means that top management is accountable for ensuring that its organisation’s cyber security strategy meets business objectives and is adopted as a strategic risk .
Discussions of cyber risk at board level should include identifying which risks to avoid, accept, mitigate or transfer (such as through cyber insurance), as well as reviewing specific plans associated with each approach.
VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT & PENETRATION TESTING (VAPT)
Vulnerability assessment provides on-demand scanning of the entire network, including wireless networks, by providing solutions to patch all the possible vulnerabilities and enforce enacted policies.
Penetration testing provides a quick and detailed analysis of current exposure of the systems or network to vulnerabilities, which threaten critical technological assets.
Fox Data’s vulnerability assessment and penetration testing have been designed to help organizations determine the degree to which an enterprise’s critical information systems and infrastructure components are susceptible to intentional attack or unfortunate error as a result of weaknesses or vulnerabilities, inherent even in the most popular applications and operating systems. 99% of all intrusions result from the exploitation of unknown vulnerabilities or configuration errors, when counter measures are actually available. This is what we aim to identify and seal.
Classically, IT security risk has been seen as the responsibility of the IT or network staff, as those individuals have the best understanding of the components of the control infrastructure. Moreover, security risk assessments have typically been performed within the IT department with little or no input from others.
As systems and networks have become complex, there is a need to perform security risk assessments that employ the enterprise risk assessment approach and include all stakeholders to ensure that all aspects of the IT organization are addressed, including hardware and software, employee awareness training, and business processes. IT enterprise security risk assessments are performed to allow organizations to assess, identify and modify their overall security posture and to enable security, operations, organizational management and other personnel to collaborate and view the entire organization from an attacker’s perspective. This process is required to obtain organizational management’s commitment to allocate resources and implement the appropriate security solutions.
A comprehensive enterprise security risk assessment also helps determine the value of the various types of data generated and stored across the organization. Without valuing the various types of data in the organization, it is nearly impossible to prioritize and allocate technology resources where they are needed the most. To accurately assess risk, management must identify the data that are most valuable to the organization, the storage mechanisms of said data and their associated vulnerabilities.
Fox Data’s structured approach and rigorous IT acumen helps organizations get to the bottom of real issues and help them analyze various options and operations threadbare. This ensures effective preparation and a meticulous approach to structured enhancements.
Web Application Testing (WAT)
The Internet has become the veritable lifeline to business operations. Web applications help businesses effectively harness this potential by combining the ease and familiarity of a browser experience with cross platform compatibility and functionality. But what are the methods to gauge the effectiveness of such operations? How can security aspects be assessed and fixed? How are such vulnerabilities identified? This and many more such associated questions are answered by Fox Data’s comprehensive web application security testing process. Our focus here is very simple – to work with you to achieve your business goals, and partner for the next level of improvements in order to attain competitive advantage in any scenario.
By accessing the vulnerabilities in the application layer, pushing the limits of defenses in networks, uncovering application loopholes and configuration errors, a high level of quality assurance is achieved. Fox Data's web-testing cycle walks through a series of tasks specially designed for the identification of vulnerabilities of assets exposed to the public domain. Each step is a result of meticulous researched study, which follows a proven methodology. Every stage of the methodology generates an output that may serve as a piece of information for individual reporting or as input for a subsequent task.
What is VAPT?
VAPT stands for Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing. VAPT is a term that describes security testing designed to identify and also help address vulnerabilities.
VAPT is an umbrella term that can include several testing techniques like automated vulnerability assessment, penetration testing conducted by skilled human engineers, and even red team operations.
VAPT Is a more Comprehensive Testing Solution
Automated vulnerability assessment is a great start. Pen testing is also an important security measure. But VAPT brings both of these techniques and others under the same virtual roof to offer companies a more comprehensive view on their security issues. With VAPT, it’s easier to discover and mitigate critical vulnerabilities across platforms and software types, even third-party ones.
VAPT Can Help You Discover Gaps between Various Security Tools
If you’re a regular on our blog, you already know that we advocate for a combination of automated and manual testing and assessment. However, even the combination between automated vulnerability assessment and manual pentests leaves you open to some vulnerabilities.
For instance, if you run two different vulnerability assessment tools for the same application, the results can be completely different. How can you know which one to trust?
VAPT adds a new (most often manual) layer to all these. This integrative approach to security testing is designed to bridge the gaps between automated tools and create a unified perspective on security vulnerabilities.
VAPT Helps You Prioritize Risks
Even some of the more risk-aware companies forget about this crucial step. They find and collect vulnerabilities but simply forego risk prioritization – the most important step.
In the current cyber security landscape, where threats are increasingly diverse and sophisticated, risk prioritization is an absolute necessity. Otherwise, you may end up spending a lot of time on trivial risks, while the very severe ones are left unattended. In turn, this exposes your organization to serious threats that could have been easily mitigated.
Risk prioritization is an integral part of VAPT. A good VAPT strategy addresses and emphasizes this step by clearly marking which threats and which risks should be tackled first.
VAPT Uncovers Misconfigurations and Loopholes in Various Applications
The number one reason for successful cyber-attacks is human error. Web applications, networks, mobile apps – all of these are written by humans and, thus, prone to errors. This is exactly what attackers are looking to exploit.
Most exploitable vulnerabilities are due to misconfigurations or incorrect coding practices. Both of these things can be present in your own applications or in third-party ones.
VAPT run by a third-party company is the easiest way to spot them and address them before they become chronic issues or, worse, before an attacker is successful. Choose your VAPT provider carefully, though. You need to work with a company that cuts no corners when it comes to the skill sets of the engineers they hire.
VAPT Improves Your SDLC Process
SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) is a methodology that IT companies live by. As it happens with all methodologies, SDLC needs to evolve constantly to respond to new market demands and even to new cyber threats.
Regular pen-testing as part of your VAPT process aligned with the SDLC process is the near-perfect way to ensure great security. This way, your code, along with all the changes to it, go through numerous security checks that are able to spot vulnerabilities early on, long before you launch your product.
VAPT Has Excellent ROI
Do you know what happens to the money you invest in cyber security? Probably not. In fact, it’s one of the fields that’s notorious for hard to pinpoint ROI. As long as no attacks happen, you consider it money well invested.
And you’re not wrong. But, thanks to its comprehensive approach, VAPT can tell you exactly how much money you saved by choosing an integrative approach instead of disparate testing methods, for instance. Or how much, on average, a successful attack might have cost you.
One Concept, Multiple Applications
VAPT is not only ideal for web applications. It can also be successfully used for mobile apps or for networks. In fact, any internet-facing asset can use VAPT.
Of course, the term is the same, but the approach differs from asset to asset. This is why the human component is essential to the VAPT process. A human-led approach helps with choosing the right tools and the right processes to identify the most frequent vulnerabilities for each type of asset.
There Is No One-Size-Fits-All in VAPT
Yes, there are numerous tools that can be used for various applications. And yes, the VAPT process is has a few core components that will stay the same across all the assets to be tested.
But all in all, the VAPT process will be different from company to company. The approach and duration depend on the size of the company, the amount of data, and the amount of devices and assets to be tested and scans.
VAPT Helps with Compliance
An increasing number of companies use VAPT as the surest and fastest way to achieve compliance with various standards like GDPR, ISO 27001 and PCI DSS. Even if conducted solely for compliance purposes, VAPT will still spot major vulnerabilities and can help you keep your assets safe.