With cloud, big data and mobile solutions becoming mission-critical to organizations of all sizes, IT teams are struggling to keep up with the adoption and innovation of the latest security best practices, leaving their organizations vulnerable to cybercriminals. And it’s not just large organizations cybercriminals are targeting; smaller companies are just as likely to be attacked. They tend to be easier targets, more likely to pay up in the case of a ransomware attack. They can also serve as a back door into other third-party organizations they do business with.

Although managed security is an investment, many organizations simply cannot afford to not conduct on-going security testing. According to a recent Trustwave security report, 41% of those surveyed feared financial damage to their company in the event of a cyberattack or data breach.

Managed security testing is defined as subscription-based proactive scanning and testing of environment security to identify vulnerabilities. However, a comprehensive managed security solution does more than identify vulnerabilities and weak points.

When working with a qualified managed security provider, an organization should not only gain insight into weaknesses, but gain a blueprint on how to prioritize, mitigate and remediate these risks. When your customer engages with a provider of managed security services like Nitel, backed by Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader Trustwave, they can choose to engage with four levels of testing depending on their budget and business needs, including:

  1. Basic threat – Simulates the most common attacks executed in the wild today. This class of attacker typically uses freely-available, automated attack tools.
  2. Opportunistic threat – Builds upon the basic threat and simulates an opportunistic attack executed by a skilled attacker that does not spend an extensive amount of time executing highly sophisticated attacks. This type of attacker seeks easy targets (”low-hanging fruit”) and will use a mix of automated tools and manual exploitation to penetrate their targets.
  3. Targeted threat – Simulates a targeted attack executed by a skilled, patient attacker that has targeted a specific organization. This class of attacker will expend significant resources and effort trying to compromise an organization’s systems.
  4. Advanced threat – Simulates an advanced attack executed by a highly motivated, well-funded and extremely sophisticated attacker who will exhaust all options for compromise before relenting.

Your customers benefit from Trustwave’s crowd-sourced, global threat intelligence through a solution that is scoped to fit their needs when working with Nitel. Our intrinsic network knowledge, combined with Trustwave’s highly skilled SpiderLab ethical hacker team, can quickly identify security weak points and guide your customer to a solution to protect their organization.