TÜV Rheinland: Digital risk highlights the need for efficient security tools such as penetration testing
LITTLETON, Massachusetts., April 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Just over a month after the war between Russia and Ukraine, the two countries are experiencing what is called a “Cybernetic Cold War” with attacks on government sites and threats to infrastructure. A huge and significant attack occurred right at the beginning of the invasion of February 24th, when a Ukrainian satellite, which coordinates more than 5,800 wind turbines, was digitally disconnected. Although this did not interrupt the power generation operation of the turbines, it did prevent management of the system. Since then, most turbines have continued to run automatically and management capability has been restored to more than 90% of systems. Recently, a telecommunications company in Ukraine was hit with a major cyber attack that brought down all the company’s services across the country.
the american president Joe Biden it has already warned that US organizations should “close their digital doors”, while UK officials are calling for “increased cybersecurity precautions”. This presents a huge risk to businesses globally.
Hackers do not miss a new opportunity
“The biggest risk for businesses is not doing enough to secure their infrastructure to respond to this threat. Businesses must embrace cybersecurity agility as a core business process. Cybersecurity agility is the state in which a business can quickly adapt to the ever-changing threat environment with minimal business disruption TÜV Rheinland has the experience and insight to address the ever-changing threats to businesses’ online footprint and enables them to develop the agility to cybersecurity in response,” said Rosanna PellegrinoVice President of Cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland.
How to ensure security and detect vulnerabilities
Using advanced tools and processes, TÜV Rheinland can assess and test to identify weaknesses in the IT infrastructure (networks, systems and applications) and then design programs to ensure the business can constantly adapt to the changing threat profile. The first step is to conduct an objective security assessment and identify vulnerabilities before hackers find and attack them.
There are several possible methods that can be used to identify vulnerabilities. The best option for each company depends on its existing IT infrastructure. After an initial evaluation, experts build a strategy based on the needs of each company and analyze existing systems to find the most effective penetration testing method.
The penetration testing services provided by TÜV Rheinland can be applied to applications, networks and infrastructure, embedded systems, online stores, intranets, IoT devices and more. Taking a holistic view of IT security, the company’s experts conduct tests that assess organizational, procedural, and human vulnerabilities, as well as infrastructure, such as in relation to phishing emails, now used during the war between Russia and Ukraine.
“Enterprises must remain vigilant against the ever-changing threat environment,” added Pellegrino. “Cybercriminals continue to target power grids, hospitals and financial institutions using spear phishing attacks aimed at installing ransomware.”
About TÜV Rheinland
TÜV Rheinland stands for safety and quality in virtually all areas of business and life. Founded 150 years ago, the company is one of the world’s leading testing service providers with more than 20,000 employees and annual revenues of around €2 billion. TÜV Rheinland’s highly qualified experts test technical products and systems worldwide, support innovations in technology and business, train people in numerous professions, and certify management systems according to international standards. In doing so, independent experts build trust in products as well as processes throughout global value-added chains and the flow of commodities. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.
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