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How penetration testing can keep you ahead of hackers

This year up to 40% of UK business will experience a data breach or cybersecurity attack.

IBM Security estimated the UK experienced a 20% increase in the average cost of data breaches last year. It was the largest increase in nearly a decade and highlights the constantly evolving cybersecurity threat.

In the last few years working patterns have shifted dramatically towards an increased reliance on technology and online services. It has expanded the threat landscape and allowed hackers to identify new weaknesses within cyber defences.  

It is now more important then ever to take control of your infrastructure, put your security to the test and protect your business.

At OX IT Solutions, we work in close partnership with Mitigate Cyber to provide IT solutions that help you test, monitor and certify your security to keep you ahead of the hackers.

The Threat Landscape

The threat landscape is constantly evolving so having effective and hardworking security systems in place is crucial.

It is no longer just big businesses that are the target of an attack – small business are being successfully hacked every 19 seconds.

Since the introduction of remote working, cyber criminals have found new ways to capitalise on our reliance for personal devices and lack of endpoint security. Running regular penetration tests can help you identify, manage and mitigate against these vulnerabilities.

What is penetration testing?

Penetration testing is a controlled exercise where ethical hackers test the security of an IT infrastructure by using all the tools and tricks of real-world hackers. Tests can be performed on virtually anything that connects to the internet. ‘White-hat’ hackers look to identify and secure existing vulnerabilities before cyber criminals find them.

Penetration testing is used to develop an understanding of what software and hardware a customer might require to strengthen their security. Once your weaknesses have been identified, you will be offered remediation advice and guidance on how to minimise your security shortcomings.

Routine testing should also be considered a fundamental component of your risk management strategy and is a requirement of many security standards.

The benefits

With more than 10,000 high-severity vulnerabilities found in UK businesses each year, it is now more crucial than ever to ensure you are effectively mitigating your organisational risk level.

Performing periodic penetration tests will help your business:

  • Identify all known weakness in your systems from a digital and physical perspective
  • Protect your sensitive internal data and your clients’ data
  • Ensure you remain compliant with security standards such as ISO27001 and PCI DSS

Is it for me?

This service is not just for large businesses, financial institutions or government departments – if a cybercriminal can exploit your security weaknesses, they will.

Testing and identifying your current security can help you gain a clear understanding on your position in the cyber threat landscape.

Even if you do have the latest security solutions in place, without testing your infrastructure you can’t be certain there are no vulnerabilities that can be exploited. A penetration test provides you with proof that your security systems are effective.


With so many types of penetration tests available, it is important that you select the right scope and type of test to fit your businesses requirements.

We work with industry leading trusted partners, so you know you are getting the best service possible. Our expert technical team are always on hand to guide you through every step of the process and can advise what will work best for you.

Working closely with Mitigate Cyber, we can uncover all your security weaknesses to proactively prevent real world threats. Mitihack, its penetration testing service, can give you peace of mind that your security is working as hard as you are.

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Climbing the IT career ladder, with Account Manager Rahul Masih

Supporting colleagues to develop their IT skills via on-going professional training is an integral part of life at OX IT Solutions.

Rahul Masih joined our team in November 2020 with ambitions to develop his knowledge and understanding of our networking, infrastructure and cyber security solutions.

After nine successful months of intensive training while working as our Business Development Executive, we were delighted to promote Rahul to Account Manager. He is now responsible for accounts in local government, corporate, education and charity.

We spoke to Rahul to learn more about his career development at OX IT Solutions and how he found switching roles within a year.

Professional development

Delivering the right IT solutions for their business requires deep technical industry expertise combined with strong partnerships with top tier vendors.

Rahul started at OX IT Solutions as a Business Development Executive, based on a successful career in sales across property, retail and automobiles. But he also had a good understanding of technology, including hardware and software and wanted to progress a career in IT support.

“I’ve always been sales driven, and I’m a technology advocate too,” said Rahul. “I like to own the latest technology and had experience working with hardware and software solutions, so OX IT Solutions looked like a great fit.

“I was keen to take my career to the next level, and OX IT Solutions helped me achieve that via training and support.”

Tailored training

Continued professional development and bespoke training ensures our team enjoy career progression and are always able to advise our clients on the latest threats, solutions and opportunities.

Rahul flourished via our bespoke training programme and was able to develop into his new role.

“My training was second to none,” said Rahul. “I found my feet and the support I received from my colleagues meant I was able to progress to account manager really quickly.

“I learnt how to respond to specific enquiries, what questions need to be asked and how to communicate effectively on the phone. My training was tailored to my own requirements.

“When I joined the company, I already had a good understanding of IT, so we didn’t seek training externally. I couldn’t have asked for more support from my colleagues.”

IT support

As account manager, Rahul is now responsible for all areas of IT support including remote assistance, maintenance, cyber security, hardware solutions and product advice.

He works closely with clients including the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, and South Yorkshire Pensions Authority. His day-to-day tasks include communicating with customers to understand how our products and services can contribute towards the smooth operation of each business.

“We’ll start making calls or sending emails to customers from 9am,” said Rahul. “Because we work in all areas of IT, we can assist any business with their IT requirements.

“It’s important we define who we are, what we do and what we’re capable of to our existing customers and those considering working with us.  

“We need to be proactive as well, which was a key area of my training. To inform businesses we can supply everything connected to IT is very powerful. Our service makes life easy, and we can break the language down to simplify messaging in complicated areas.”

Team spirit

So, what was Rahul’s personal experience of working with OX IT Solutions in the past two years amid a global pandemic?

He said: “I’ve had several jobs and worked with people of all backgrounds. But OX IT Solutions has been a fantastic company to work for.

“We have a great team and a professional approach to work, training and having a healthy work-life balance. I feel I’ve grown as a person since starting here too.

“The team is supportive, understanding and committed to helping their colleagues and clients, which all contributes towards a positive atmosphere.”

READ MORE: How to respond to the constant threat of cyberattacks

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