Penetration testing as a service: Purchase world-class security whenever you want


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By Aladdin Elston, Head of Information Security, Altimetrics,

The increasing reliance on digitalization to make organizations more resilient comes with a caveat: your threat surface will grow, opening up new opportunities for black hats, malicious insiders, skilled hackers, weekend crackers, and even low-level script kiddies to get into your invade systems. Testing your IT (information technology) for vulnerabilities and continuously detecting threats has therefore become just as important as investing in the right solutions to improve your security posture. Globally, cybercrime is estimated to cost $6 trillion in 2021 (compared to $3 trillion in 2015) and is projected to reach $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, along with untold data, productivity, reputation losses – and business losses. Your organization does not want to be part of this statistic.

However, investing in security is a frustratingly difficult proposition. In a rapidly changing technological landscape, new threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits emerge quickly. Security breaches can result from multiple factors, ranging from faulty authentication to an inability to keep up with patch deployment, subpar application and network configuration, and a lack of encryption. Understanding the nuances of each takes experience.

Current solutions may not always be able to identify and neutralize these threats. With the growing trend of Work from Anywhere (WFX), a remote workforce increases potential risk, leading to an increased need for security monitoring and improvement.

Continuous and point-in-time penetration testing for web and mobile applications, networks, infrastructure and endpoints is the answer. So it’s not surprising to see forecasts that suggest the penetration testing market will double in size from $1.6 billion in 2021 to $3 billion in 2026.

Most organizations choose penetration testing as a service (PTaaS) because it allows them to leverage sophisticated tools, complex models, and experienced talent that in-house security teams don’t always have. By using a PTaaS provider, the service can be run 24/7 at the touch of a button, resulting in a customized test. The result: A comprehensive report that uncovers vulnerabilities, training opportunities, discussions with our leading penetration testers, and the provision of remediation plans and discussions leading to security readiness.

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