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Posted on Monday, 24 February 2020

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Aristi has developed an innovative new cyber security service to give businesses and public sector organisations reassurance that they are doing all they can to defend against hackers.

Many organisations conduct annual IT Health Checks to identify security weaknesses in their IT systems. However, a cyber-attack can occur at any time resulting in significant business impact.

Aristi, has developed Testing as a Service (TaaS) which provides continuous testing of your IT systems to identify security weakness which can then be remediated before they are exploited by an attacker over the internet or from within your organisation.

Annual IT Health Checks and penetration testing are a feature of many businesses and public sector organisations. They are important but with cybercrime becoming increasingly common and sophisticated these are often not enough.

Even a thorough annual check is useless if, as is often the case, patches and other measures identified by the check to defend against hackers are not installed.

An annual check with a 12-month gap leaves a huge opportunity for new vulnerabilities to be exposed and exploited by attackers.

Now our experts at Aristi have developed a defence that provides a cost-effective approach to security.

TaaS includes a security appliance that sits on your IT network and continuously tests your IT systems for security vulnerabilities. The appliance is monitored by security experts from Aristi headquarters in Birmingham over a secure connection. Monthly or quarterly reports can be produced that detail any vulnerabilities found and enable organisations to fix problems at an early stage.

“Think of the IT Health Check as a car MOT,” said Harj Singh, founder and CEO of Aristi.

“It is important but once done it does not mean that the vehicle remains safe for the next year. The day after it leaves the workshop it can develop a dangerous fault. The car needs maintenance throughout the year to keep it running and free from issues.”

“In the same way an IT system can fall vulnerable to attack the day after the Health Check has been completed.”

“Testing as a service offers on going maintenance so that problems are picked up quickly and can be resolved quickly.”

The idea came from working with businesses and finding that there was a gap in the market when it came to IT Health checks.

“We offer rigorous annual IT Health Checks and penetration testing in which our experts see if they can identify and exploit weaknesses in our client’s IT systems.

“But this is not always enough and so on-going ‘testing as a service’ has been developed.”

“IT offers huge opportunities for businesses to become more efficient, work collaboratively and manage production, but it also brings with it added risk if security is compromised,” added Mr Singh.

TaaS not only gives peace of mind by reducing cyber exposure, it can also be highly cost effective by reducing the time required to fix security issues by spreading this over the year rather than trying to fix a year’s worth of issues in one go following an annual test. It provides assurance to senior management, customers, regulators and insurers that cyber risks are being effectively managed. It also helps to keep personal data safe and comply with GDPR requirements.

TaaS complements annual testing and can help any organisation where IT is critically important.

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