Penetration testing tools for cyber security jobs Singapore

Cyber security has played a crucial role in safeguarding our technology sector in Singapore. This is made possible with cyber security talent who can identify, pre-empt, and defend cyberattacks across infrastructure, assets, systems, services, and products.

Given its pivotal role, there has been significant growth in investments within the cyber sector, resulting in huge business opportunities. And this is especially so for the Penetration Testing (pen testing) market.

 

What is penetration testing?

Penetration testing meaning: Defined by Cloudfare, it is a security exercise where a cyber security expert attempts to find and exploit vulnerabilities in a computer system. The purpose of this simulated attack is to identify any weak spots in a system’s defences which attackers could take advantage of.

 

Why is cyber security penetration testing necessary?

It is known that the consequences of a cyberattack can cause great losses to a company. An attack alone can compromise confidential data, which can severely impact the trust and loyalty with  customers, resulting in a significant reputation loss. Penetration testing in this case can help to prevent these costs from incurring and stops any potential compromises to the credibility of a company.

Cyber security penetration testing gives companies an oversight of risk levels that your company has, which in turn allows you to fix the vulnerability immediately. It can also identify problems you probably do not know about, and assures your company is fully compliant with regulations such as GDPR. Overall, this can help your organisation prioritise budgets and spending requirements on cyber security whilst giving your team a better idea on how to perform incident responses.

Technologies will continue to grow and evolve, and with majority of the world’s population being online, attacks will continue to thrive. This further enhances the importance of penetration testing within cyber security.

 

Cyber security penetration testing trends in Singapore

  • Ransomware and phishing attacks will continue to rise

In Singapore alone, it was reported that 7 in 10 private and public sector organisations fell victim to cyberattacks due to Work-From-Home (WFH) arrangements amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As companies continue to move into hybrid working models, this issue will only likely persist at a higher rate than ever. To act on this, the government is building a new digital intelligence unit – Digital AND Intelligence Service (DIS) – within Our Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) that will look to boost the country’s defence against cyber threats. The government has described the move as necessary, with online threats growing in volume and sophistication and attacks targeting both physical and digital domains.

 

  • Cyberattacks are not only increasing but also evolving

Cyber attackers have moved on to more deadly ransomware tactics, namely Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) and double-extortion schemes.

RaaS involves multiple threat actors combining their expertise to deploy ransomware and share the ransom payment for their joint effort. RaaS scales up cyberattack operations more easily and makes it easier for less technically skilled threat actors to engage in this type of crime, which therefore increases its risk to organisations.

Double-extortion ransomware attacks, or ‘name-and-shame’ schemes, are attacks where hackers extract and exfiltrate data for the purpose of extortion. This means that if an individual or organisation does not pay the ransom, their files will not only be lost but will also be released to the web which can be detrimental to companies’ reputation for instance.

 

  • Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within cyber security

When it comes to performing penetration testing services in Singapore, particularly, AI and machine learning are considered excellent aids for pen testers who are constantly faced with the wide variety of technologies and IP addresses utilised by organisations.

AI can help by:

  • Automating the different phases of a pen test, from gathering and analysing information about the targeted system to determining the different courses of remedial action against weaknesses of an exploitable system.
  • Processing and supporting thousands of events happening simultaneously which can be vulnerable targets for many malicious hackers.
  • Enhancing the precision and speed at which cyber security teams identify irregular online behaviour or traffic that point to a potential attack.
  • Producing proactive system reports, automating runtime monitoring, and verifying the state of a system’s security.

More companies are expected to invest in such valuable AI-powered cyber security solutions this 2022. Regulatory bodies like government agencies will also play a key role in formulating comprehensive policies and legislation to ensure AI is implemented ethically and responsibly.

 

Guide to penetration testing

Your 5 phases of penetration testing generally include:

  1. Reconnaissance: Discovering and gathering information whilst planning the attacks
  2. Scanning: Digging deeper for more information at two stages, namely static port scanning and dynamic port scanning
  3. Exploitation: Gaining and maintaining access of target devices
  4. Covering tracks Removing evidence that your ‘attack’ took place
  5. Reporting analysis on the incident: To evaluate the ‘attack’ successes and improvements to make

 

Examples of penetration testing tools within cyber security:

*For a comprehensive list of tools* you may access this tool catalogue from Kali Tools where most of which consist of open-source software.

 

How to become a pen tester in Singapore? And how can you land a penetration testing job in Singapore?

Before you can become a pen tester, you need to train yourself to think on your toes as not everything will play out as you planned. Real-world experience training is the way for you to feel comfortable, and of course, learning how to write scripts.

Tips and advice for pen testing jobs in Singapore:

  • Start reading up on bug bounty reports to get new ideas on different types of attacks
  • Read up on resources available online i.e Pen tester Land
  • Experiment and try your hands on vulnerable web applications and have a go at hacking into them
  • Create your own penetration testing lab to explore and upgrade your skills as this would help you in real-world scenarios
  • Sign up to a training course to get comfortable with hacking

You must get your hands dirty to begin understanding how to hack. It is also crucial to possess enough knowledge about one programming language such as Python, C++ etc.

 

Where should you begin your journey in penetration testing?

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong method to start your journey but being proactive and gaining the relevant knowledge and experience are key. If you do need more information, our consultants at Huxley are ready to give you as much advice and guidance as you need.

Here at Huxley Singapore, we work with technology, software, and cyber security companies of all sizes which gives you access to some of the most in-demand IT jobs in Singapore.

 

Latest cyber security jobs in Singapore

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