Get Hacked! It Will Help You Uncover Mistakes You Otherwise Wouldn’t Have Discovered

Every software needs its ethical hacker. Why? Because they think like an attacker. They can identify holes in the system, know the procedures to easily penetrate them, and know how to bypass or completely break your security. And then they’ll write you a clear report about all this so that you can improve your project.

Ethical hackers from LPR Solutions use so-called offensive security techniques that require a specific way of thinking, unique knowledge and unconventional tools. Only in this way can they detect even those errors that are overlooked from the standard view of a developer or a security analyst. Hackers only need one small thing to steal your sensitive data or crash a site – one dangerous input form, an outdated plugin or an incorrect line of code. 

Why would someone attack you?

You may feel that a cyber attack doesn’t concern you at all. After all, the online world is huge and the chance that a hacker will want to crash or rob your website is negligible. However, the truth is that you can also become a victim of an attack completely by accident. 

In the past, hackers were rare because this “work” required expert knowledge. However, times have changed and today even an elementary school pupil can become a hacker. All they need to do is look in the right places and the Internet will provide them with accurate instructions, all the necessary information and ready-made tools to carry out a full-fledged cyber attack. 

Some programs are even so sophisticated that they constantly search the web for vulnerabilities, and if they find any, they launch a fully automated attack without the need for any hacker intervention. And, of course, the chance of an attack also increases with every dissatisfied ex-employee, customer or competitor who can easily order the crashing of your website. 

Therefore, the risk of an attack on your website, eshop or application is really high. As we’ve written in the past, even an inconspicuous blog built on WordPress with minimal traffic faces 14 to 120 hacking attempts in a day. How to defend yourself? Offensively!

How is offensive security done?

Penetration tests are the strongest weapon of offensive security. These are activities aimed at verifying specific security areas (system infrastructure, user permissions, individual inputs on the site, API, etc.) that simulate an attack. They’re usually tailor-made for each website, application or software and result in a detailed report on where the system has holes and what problems they can cause.

Such penetration testing usually takes place before the project is completed, so that hackers have only a minimal chance of success after its publication. Additional bug fixing in an already finished product is often significantly more expensive than capturing problems in the development process.

Ethical hackers are the specialists in penetration testing. These programmers and analysts usually have extensive experience with offensive security tools, but instead of using their knowledge to steal data, cryptocurrencies or funds from accounts, they provide them to companies in order to protect them from this threat. 

How to find your ethical hacker?

Probably the most ethical hackers in eastern Slovakia can be found in LPR Solutions. It’s the first company of its kind in the vicinity of Košice and although it has so far worked mainly for foreign clients, it’s gradually gaining customers at home. 

The programmers it employs focus not only on simulating the activities of an attacker using penetration tests, but also on consulting the architecture of a system before its creation, or on security training for development companies.

So whether you’re at the beginning of development and want to be sure of the security of your digital product, or conversely, you’ve been successfully running a business for a long time and the competition that might want to actively harm you is growing, these hackers can be the right ones for you. 

In online security, it really is true that the best defense is an attack. Ideally an accurate, simulated and ethical one.