Human, Hands-on Approach
Automated, software-driven solutions cannot find all critical vulnerabilities in an environment or a software application. Human expertise offers more flexibility and creativity to support manual testing in rooting out sophisticated vulnerabilities and cyber attacks that automation might miss. Human intelligence can instinctively sense when to investigate deeper and when to move on. PTaaS vendors that offer manual testing can cover more ground, offering more comprehensive coverage.
A penetration testing service relies on the experts conducting these tests. The ideal PTaaS vendor hires talent with experience and qualifications to support organizations. Certifications like OSCP, OSCE, and OSWE can help assess the qualifications of the vendor’s experts.
Some PTaaS vendors rely on a crowdsourced model that assigns a different penetration tester to the organization every time. As a result, organizations cannot form a consistent relationship with a tester who thoroughly understands the organization’s estate and applications.
Additionally, a crowdsourced model reduces standardization, which means testers cannot perform the same actions repeatedly to optimize results and provide faster outcomes. However, it does diversify testing to uncover vulnerabilities that the same tester may miss year after year.
Useful, Actionable Reporting
A penetration test should provide reporting capabilities that stakeholders can understand and act on. A report must provide a high-level executive summary and a more detailed technical view of all findings, covering impact, risks, vulnerability details, proofs of concept, attack vectors, mitigation recommendations, and prioritized remediation paths.
PTaaS helps support DevSecOps teams when shifting security left. Testing applications at an early phase and testing repeatedly enables teams to solve security problems as they occur. As a result, DevSecOps teams can create a more secure application without going through costly rebuilding during late SDLC phases.
PTaaS vendors offer dashboards that display information for technology, security, and business teams. It provides the information needed to reduce vulnerability remediation lead time and increase visibility into potential risks. Dashboards can save direct costs, offering best-in-class features, controls, and configurations. The ideal dashboard seamlessly integrates with existing clouds and technology stacks.