And the corona crisis also contributed to the exacerbation of the problem. Many companies were forced to send their employees to work from home - but some of them had not fully implemented the necessary IT security measures. The enormous influx of people who work at home has enormously expanded the possibilities of hackers: Many specialized in insufficiently protected home office computers in order to gain access to company networks.
But what can happen to a company in the event of a hacker attack? The consequences and consequences can be serious:
- Blackmail by paralyzing IT systems
- Business processes are disrupted or even come to a standstill
- Loss of critical business information such as data from suppliers, customers and employees
- High fines, for example, for breaches of data protection or labor law
- loss of reputation
- E.g. customers and suppliers distance themselves from the company
This is only a small selection of what threatens companies that are unable to fend off a cyber attack in time. The risks lurk everywhere and even if you invest a lot in your own cybersecurity - how safe are you really?
Red Teaming is ideal for answering this question. This is a team of security experts who act as hackers on behalf of a company in order to break into the company network.
They use all available techniques to find weaknesses in people, processes and technologies. Your goal: to simulate a worst case scenario - unauthorized access to your data.
They use far-reaching measures to put your system through its paces:
Penetration tests: Here the team tries to gain access to a system, often with the help of software tools. For example, "John the Ripper" is a password cracking program. It can detect what type of encryption is being used and try to bypass it.
- Social engineering: The red team tries to get employees to reveal their access data or to allow them access to a restricted area.
- Intercept communications: software tools such as packet sniffers can be used to map a network or to read messages that are sent in clear text. The purpose of these tools is to get information about the system. For example, if an attacker knew that a server was running on a Microsoft operating system, they would focus their attacks on exploiting Microsoft vulnerabilities.
- Phishing: This is the sending of seemingly authentic e-mails that induce employees to take certain actions, e.g. B. log in to the hacker's website and enter login details.
As you can see: A Red Team is attacking the company on all fronts. A good opportunity for the client, because it gives them the opportunity to actively test their existing cyber defense measures in a low-risk environment.
This makes it possible to continuously develop the company's security strategy based on the identified weaknesses and weaknesses as well as the latest real attack techniques.
In addition, your processes and systems are never compromised by the Red Team. That means: You are simulated a real hacker attack - but you are never exposed to any real risk.
Red Teaming has many other advantages that you can benefit from:
- You can realistically assess your security situation based on real attacks and receive well-founded recommendations from the Red Team on how you can best close your security gaps
- Vulnerabilities are discovered before malicious hackers can exploit them
- You can test how quickly your security team can detect attacks and whether they can even fight them off
- The performance of the security team can tell you whether there is a need to improve detection and responsiveness.
- You will find out whether your internal team reacts immediately and correctly
- Your employees will be made even more aware and trained
- Your awareness of IT security will become even stronger.
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