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Improve Your Cybersecurity Strategy with Offensive Security

In the last decade, security tools have evolved to defend every aspect of an organization, from networks and endpoints to identity management. Most businesses’ cybersecurity practices are based on defensive cybersecurity principles. This approach focuses on firewalls, antivirus, vulnerability management, security information and event management (SIEM), and multi-factor authentication (MFA).

You may have heard the phrase, “The best defense is a good offense,” in reference to sports, and the same can be applied to cybersecurity. While defensive measures are essential, implementing offensive cybersecurity measures is the best strategy to both validate those defensive measures as well as effectively protect your business from cyber criminals. Let’s take a closer look at what offensive security is and how it can help your organization.

What Is Offensive Cybersecurity?

Offensive cybersecurity takes a proactive approach by identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses before an attacker can exploit them. Offensive security teams actively test a network’s defenses and provide real-time insights and recommendations for the improvement of an organization’s cybersecurity strategy.

Two of the most common and effective offensive cybersecurity approaches are vulnerability assessments and penetration testing, or ‘pen testing.’ A pen test is a simulated cyber attack on your environment with the objective of identifying vulnerabilities and attempting to exploit them. A vulnerability assessment can be used to scan networks, systems, applications, and cloud configurations to identify potential vulnerabilities and weak configurations that could be exploited by cyber criminals.

Why Is Offensive Security Important for Your Business?

Businesses have a large footprint of digital data across multiple systems and platforms, that keep track of every piece of relevant information, from employee and customer information to financial and client data. If this data is stolen or leaked, it can have a disastrous effect on your company’s reputation and lead to massive financial loss. If you are not engaging with offensive security measures, you may not know that you are leaving sensitive and essential data vulnerable to anyone who wants to break in and steal it.

An offensive security approach helps businesses understand how threat actors could approach their systems and what preventative measures they can take to help avoid and mitigate the impact of a cyber attack. With an offensive approach, your team will be better prepared to identify any weaknesses in your environment to ensure that your company data remains safe.

Pairing both offensive and defensive security strategies helps to reduce both risk and potential financial loss due to a cyber attack. Organizations that combine these two tactics to significantly reduce the overall potential costs and downtime associated with a security incident

Entara: Your Partner For IT And CyberSecurity Solutions

Entara offers complete, integrated IT and cybersecurity solutions tailored to your company’s unique needs and challenges. As an eXtended Service Provider (XSP), we employ a range of security integrations and technology services to better protect your system, network, and data. Connect with us to learn more about how we can support your organization.

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