Frequently Asked Questions

What is cyber threat?

A cyber threat can be defined as any malicious act that attempts to gain access to a computer network or applications without authorization or permission from the owners in an attempt to access files and infiltrate or steal data.

How has the cyber security landscape changed in the last decade?

Cyber security has changed significantly in the past decade, basic virus protection and security controls are no longer sufficient to deter threats, today we require advanced security analytics tools to prevent advanced persistent threats (APTs) and tackle malicious insiders.

Attackers too have evolved, earlier they were lone wolves who perpetrated attacks for financial gains, but today they range from a well organized criminal agencies to a government sponsored hacker groups. These well-funded, technically adept attackers have the capability to bring an entire enterprise or sector to a halt – something that was unimaginable a decade or two ago.

What are the probable reasons for a hacker to attack any system?

In most cases, hacking is done in the name of money, information, or information that can be monetized. In other cases, the victim is spied upon or sabotaged for symbolic meaning or spite. Malware can generate income from any victim. Hackers take the time to target individuals when there is proprietary information or some specific thing of value involved, including the functionality of your company’s website. Leaking information or launching DDoS attacks are used as both an underhanded way to cripple a competitor and as an act of protest. Identifying all of your potentially-exploitable assets is essential to a comprehensive online protection plan.

What are the risks related with cyber space?

Cyber risks are becoming more complex in nature and can have a direct impact on everything from personal and organizational data, share prices and revenue streams to regulatory compliance and brand reputation. Traditional information security practices can address a large number of risks, but true cybersecurity demands capabilities—people, processes and technology—be built on intelligent security rather than just information security.

How can you respond to the threats in today’s digital environment?

Response mainly depends on industry and current market conditions and social trends but you can come to a more informed decision by checking your resource requirements and inventory. Ask yourself, what assets does your organization have that would be valuable to others? What are the threats to those assets? Which groups or individuals stand to benefit from compromising those assets? Moreover, regular tests and assessments should be done by professional cyber security companies to understand if there is any risks or vulnerability associated with the system.

What precautions can you take to reduce user created threats?

Integrate security measures into your everyday activities. Incorporate proper Digital security policies, processes and procedures and make sure that all stakeholders across the organization understand and practice the process and policies. Be as stringent with IT security as you would a cash register drawer; discourage sharing and encourage individual responsibility for making good security choices. Allow access to files and admin privileges only on an as-needed basis. Keep cybersecurity on your list of top priorities and the battle against threats will become part of your regular culture.

What is the difference between a vulnerability assessment and a penetration test?

In many scenarios, the terms “vulnerability assessment” and “penetration testing” may be used interchangeably. But we refer to the vulnerability assessment as being non-exploitable; meaning we will report on detected vulnerabilities but will not attempt to actively exploit these findings. But in an external penetration test we will conduct a more thorough, in-depth test that will seek to actively exploit detected vulnerabilities in order to compromise, or set up a scenario where we demonstrate to compromise, your systems and assets just like an outside hacker or attacker would. In an internal penetration test, we will focus on testing devices found behind the firewall or located so that they are not directly internet facing.

What is the time frame for performing a vulnerability test?

We can perform your internal vulnerability assessment within one to two weeks, in general, after we receive the official work order. If you require an expedited test, we can customize a schedule for you.

How expensive is it?

Beetles offers the best assessment and testing services at the most reasonable and inexpensive rates. The rates differ based on the number of IP addresses provided for testing as well as the web domain or application. We provide fully customized and packaged solutions based on the demands of our clients.

Who will perform the tests?

Your tests will be conducted by direct employees of Beetles Cyber Security Ltd. All our employees are local talents and are subject to extensive background checks and have confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with our firm.

What tools do we use?

Our vulnerability assessments and penetration tests are mostly conducted manually because we believe that there is no substitute for the human mind. But even then, we do need the help of some tools to conduct the test more efficiently and thoroughly. Some of the tools that we use are Metaspoilt, Retina, Burp Suite, NMap etc. But the tool selected for your engagement may vary based on our perception of the appropriate tool necessary to properly assess your environment.