Report: 47% of IT Security Professionals Want Better Penetration Testing

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According to a recent Cobalt survey, 74% of IT security professionals believe their organizations would test their systems more frequently if the traditional penetration testing (or “pentesting”) process was more efficient or required less management. Cyber ​​security vulnerabilities go undetected because slope testing didn’t catch on until the 21st century – and that’s a big deal.

Although software development professionals almost universally view pentesting as an essential part of application and network security programs, few organizations can actually perform as many slopes as they want (or need) because limited budgets and inefficiencies of the traditional pentesting process.

The most common approach to slope testing today is to hire a consulting company with an IT practice to provide a slope test team for a specific testing project. While these engagements provide valuable information, network security teams find them costly and slow, especially in today’s on-demand software as a service (SaaS) -based world.

Cobalt research found that 79% of IT security professionals agree their departments have wasted valuable time due to the inefficiencies involved in the traditional grade test format. Meanwhile, 71% agreed that the cost of benchmark testing limits their organization’s ability to test more frequently.

Enter pentest-as-as-service (PtaaS), which has become a modern approach to detecting and remedying cybersecurity threats. According to data from Cobalt, PtaaS cuts the man-hours required to plan, manage and support test projects by almost 25%, freeing the time of security and development teams to perform other critical tasks.

PtaaS can also reduce the total cost of a standard pentest project by 56% compared to traditional consulting engagements, allowing organizations to reduce the same level of risk for half the cost – or get twice the coverage for the same budget.

The “ROI of Modern Pentesting” report reveals how traditional pentest consulting engagements compare to the PtaaS model in today’s cyber threat climate. Cobalt interviewed 600 IT security professionals and conducted an in-depth study with six seasoned security leaders from different organizations and industries who commissioned services from traditional consultants and PtaaS vendors.

Read the full Cobalt report.

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