With hackers growing more sophisticated by the day and data breaches the new normal, more companies are taking security seriously. That's a good thing, especially when it comes to companies that deal with the country's finances or infrastructures. Learn how a major cyberattack could affect America and how you need to prepare now.
However, one of the big unknowns when it comes to security is whether or not it actually works. You won't really know until hackers come calling and either get blocked or go right through the security like it isn't even there. That's why companies do something called "penetration testing."
Essentially, the company hires white-hat, or "good," hackers to try and break through their systems. These security experts can then tell the company where it needs to improve before the bad hackers show up.
Of course, this service doesn't come cheap, which is why many companies don't bother or don't do it as regularly as they should. That's also why the Department of Homeland Security has a program called the National Cybersecurity Assessment and Technical Services, which will scan private companies for free. Of course, the company needs to be a part of the country's "critical infrastructure," such as the finance or energy sectors.