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Hack Yourself - more effective SecOps through Breach and Attack Simulation

Ready for an emergency: test the effectiveness of your network security - before an attacker does.

Every day, Security Operations (SecOps) teams ask themselves the question "How effective are our measures really?

Unfortunately, this question has never been easy to answer. Despite numerous advances in the field of IT security, data breaches are becoming increasingly common. Network security tools are constantly evolving; all these changes must be constantly re-verified to ensure that attackers cannot exploit misconfigurations. All of this makes it extremely difficult to assess how the network security really stands. Only by actively conducting tests can reliable statements be made. Until now, however, there has been no viable way to perform such tests in a productively used network in a controlled and secure manner.

At least you are now.

Are you...hacking yourself?

With Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) tools, SecOps teams can turn the tables - by hacking themselves. Tools like Keysight Threat Simulator allow security teams to simulate the entire kill chain of cyber attacks on their production network. 
Unlike penetration tests and red teams (which only show the state at a certain point in time), SecOps teams can use BAS tools to continuously test their security tools and thus localize vulnerable misconfigurations and fix problems found. With a meticulously maintained database of cyber attacks (including malware, spear phishing, data exfiltration, cross-site scripting and database exploits) it has never been easier to be prepared for all threats.

That alone is worth a lot, but some tools go a step further. Instead of simply informing SecOps of a potential problem, tools like Threat Simulator also provide step-by-step solutions to eliminate any vulnerabilities found as quickly as possible. 

Measurably secure

Without reliable figures, no meaningful decisions can be made. BAS tools therefore also provide advanced metrics. Through data analysis and detailed information on the effectiveness of network security, SecOps teams can make important adjustments, plan future deployments based on robust data and optimize the budget for new tool purchases. 

Security is an ongoing process. There will always be new vulnerabilities in the future and attackers will continue to exploit them. But with Breach and Attack Simulation, you finally have a tool that will help you prepare for future threats - optimize your security measures and make your network measurably more secure.

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