Unleashing 4 Hidden Costs of Penetration Testing

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Unleashing 4 Hidden Costs of Penetration Testing
Published in Software Testing | 6 months ago

Enterprises that look forward to using penetration testing to identify hidden flaws and vulnerabilities need to hire a penetration testing company. These consultants perform testing within a specific time period and present a final report that lists down the findings of these tests including the list of vulnerabilities, their impact on the system, and how it can be remediated.

Companies that undergo through penetration testing experience different levels of success. Most of the companies found the post-validation process quite challenging. Pen-testers represent the current state of an application at a point in time, explaining all of its vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Due to which, organizations tend to ignore the pen-testing reports and do not fix the identified flaws or vulnerabilities. To resolve this issue, there are new ways of delivering pen-testing services including pen testing as a service (PTaaS), the deliver pen testing in a modern model. This new model helps in reducing costs that lead to managing vulnerabilities in an efficient manner.

Following are 4 hidden cost metrics of penetration testing:

Agility of DevOps

Enterprises that are moving to DevOps find it challenging to perform penetration testing alone, so they hire a penetration testing company. In a traditional pen-testing, businesses have to wait for weeks before the pen-testing to be complete and the final report to be completed. And by the time these reports are received, the findings of these reports become obsolete.

A professional service model only allows a single view of the system vulnerabilities and does not work for most of the businesses. PTaaS, an organization can view in real-time all the tests that are being performed, receive the findings of the tests upon completion, and engage with testers in case they need changes in the application. We can also say that organizations using PTaaS could incorporate the testing processes in their DevOps workflows.

Time to Result

In a traditional pen-testing, testers cannot begin remediation tasks until the complete test report is available. However, in a PTaaS pen-testers produce the findings of the tests after each test ends. This means that an organization can immediately begin the triage tasks, even when the rest of the testing processes are still being carried out. Organizations that consider PTaaS are said to begin improving quality of their apps better and more efficiently.

Effective Remediation

It is important that pen-testing teams validate the results of each finding of the pen-test report, assign priorities, and find out if remediation is within the project scope. It is important to involve testers at this stage to seek clarity. Here, engaging them during the remediation during the traditional pen-testing approach can be a daunting process. But in PTaaS organizations are said to implement a better and effective remediation process.

Sometimes teams would spend hours on the phone or send emails to ask questions and resolve issue between the developers and testers. It becomes difficult to ensure easy communication between the team members and causes individuals to feel frustrated. However, the PTaaS platform allows smooth and easy engagement between dev teams and testers, by providing them with the most relevant test information. This allows improving communication issues and resolves problems for all the team members of a project.

Managing the Findings of Pen-Test Reports

A traditional penetration testing company produces a testing report in the form of a PDF document file, that can be more than 50 pages long. The organization has to go through a tiresome process of studying the lengthy document, but it is challenging to manage the report artifacts for multiple tests over the passage of time.

An organization that is looking for a programmatic approach to penetration testing should use the PTaaS platform. For instance, an organization may want to perform a statistical analysis of all vulnerabilities in their app, so they would need a lot of resources and time to extract data in case of a traditional pen-test report. But managing results with a PTaaS is easier and simpler. Penetration testing is performed to get a real-time look at how attackers could exploit vulnerabilities of a business, and they also include remediation techniques on how to stop them, and how to remain prepared for any attacks in the future. A penetration testing company can come in handy for organizations that a looking forward to securing their networks and apps against and overcome all vulnerabilities. They offer pen-test reports that are used to place all remediation efforts and improve the overall security of the organizationorganiztion.