Every institution that is of any value is going to experience attempts to hack into its network.
Chances are your organisation has already been hacked but hackers have not yet found what they seek, therefore it may appear as if you have not been hacked.
Hacking is a five-step process.
Step one: hackers research your organisation to see if there are values to be had.
Step two: hackers scan your network for open ports (gig speak for openings through which they could enter your network).
Step Three : After identifying the means through which they could enter your network, step three, they gain access to the network.
Step four : is about maintaining access and extracting the values they seek.
And the final step is erasing any trace of their presence on your network.
Timeframe for Hacking
From reading this article, it may appear as if hackers conduct all of the above steps in a few minutes or hours.
Sometimes they do implement all of the above in a matter of hours.
That depends on the strength of your cyber security defensive mechanisms and the value they seek.
In most instances, those steps could take months, even years.
So, what am I trying to tell you?
What I am saying is, it is possible that your network may already have been compromised and you are unaware of it.
How would you know?
By hiring a penetration tester.
Penetration testers search networks like yours for evidence of compromise.
Penetration testers mimic the same steps hackers take to compromise your system.
Unlike hackers, penetration testers identify vulnerabilities through which hackers could enter your network.
It’s safer to hack your own network and identify the vulnerabilities than leave it to the mercy of hackers.