Cybersecurity refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, devices, programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access.
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A penetration test, known as a pentest, or ethical hacking, is an authorized simulated cyberattack on a computer system performed to evaluate the system's security; this is not to be confused with a vulnerability assessment. Pentesting identifies weaknesses, including the potential for unauthorized parties to gain access to the system's features and data, as well as strengths, enabling the completion of a full risk assessment.
Today with the increasing rate of distributed denial-of-service, phishing and ransomware attacks, this puts all companies at risk. Considering how reliant businesses are on technology, the consequences of a successful cyberattack have never been more significant. A ransomware attack, for instance, could block a company from accessing the data, devices, networks and servers it relies on to conduct business. Such an attack could result in millions of dollars of lost revenue.
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A cybersecurity risk assessment identifies the various information assets that could be affected by a cyberattack (such as hardware, systems, laptops, customer data, and intellectual property) and then identifies the various risks that could affect those assets.
Risk estimation and evaluation are followed by selecting controls to treat the identified risks. Therefore, it is essential to continually monitor and review the risk environment to detect any changes in the organization's context and maintain an overview of the complete risk management process.
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