7 MAIN BENEFITS OF PENTEST AS A SERVICE
18/05/2021

Pentest came to help companies test their resilience towards the even more constant threats perpetrated by the cyber-criminals. The result of that was the improvement of their resilience and the optimisation of the effort carried out by the understaffed teams of the Cybersecurity Departments.


Even so, soon, all companies realised that the fast-pacing changes in the attack vectors and the building of newer and more dangerous threats made them feel the need for more continuous assessments, or in this case Pentest as a Service (PTaaS), providing them with the technical and human resources necessary to detect and tackle the fast-paced changes in the threat landscape.


The main reasons that lead organizations around the world to use the Pentest as a Service were the hability to become more proactive towards the newest threats without having to grow their teams, better resources allocation, consequences of security audits in the information system, better understanding of how they could live with risk.


7 BENEFITS OF PENTEST AS A SERVICE:

1- IDENTIFIES VULNERABILITIES
Pentest exploits weaknesses in the system or application configurations and network infrastructure. It also analyses the behavior of employees to see which ones are vulnerable to data breaches and malicious infiltrations. In the end, a report is issued with the breakdown of the vulnerabilities identified in the Information System as well as a mitigation plan.
The report obtained after the evaluation allows the organization to make all necessary adjustments to improve its operations and business to minimize the risk.


2- REVEAL REAL RISKS
Pentesters exploit real vulnerabilities, just as a hacker would. Upon accessing confidential data and entering the operating system, Pentester can classify the risk of the threat. The risk of the threat can be classified according to the impact that it may have on the organization.


3- TEST CYBER DEFENCE CAPABILITIES
After detecting and responding to attacks, you must proceed in the investigation, discover the attackers, and block them. After this procedure, Pentest will suggest some actions to improve the organization's defence.


4- ENSURING BUSINESS CONTINUITY
In the event of an attack, every second counts to the organization that is under attack, especially if there was the need to shut down systems partially or totally and therefore minimise damage.
The Pentest as a Service is performed remotely in quality environment reducing the impact on the network performance. All information discovered and filtered from false positives can be logged in SIEM systems for quick mitigation or hardening measures. Pentest works almost like a business continuity audit.


5- OUTSOURCED EXPERT OPINION
When the problem is mentioned by someone inside the organization, sometimes management may not react or act on the spot.
However, when a report from a third-party specialist is sent, the impact of the information is greater and additional measures and funds may be channelled to solve the problems.


6- REGULATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Some regulations and certifications require a certain level of penetration testing (Ex: ISO 27001), in particular that all managers and system owners conduct regular penetration tests and security analyses with qualified Pentesters.


7- ORGANIZATIONAL REPUTATION
A computer attack can have serious consequences for an organization, both in functional and reputational terms.
The loss of data or exposure of confidential information may affect the trust that customers, partners, and suppliers have in the organization.
To convey confidence, the organization may have Pentest as a Service, to guarantee regular and rigorous penetration tests.


By performing Pentest continuously and using different methodologies and attack vectors, the organization's IT teams can focus on the desired systems/applications and, at the same time, obtain information on the most likely types of attacks and their consequences, to eliminate or mitigate the risk.
Pentest as a Service increases confidence in companies and improves the information protection system.

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