This blog is a joint effort by Alice&Bob.Company and Crashtest Security – a strong partnership enabling thorough vulnerability testing. Penetration Testing is an important function in any cyber security strategy.
A proven method of increasing security is to simulate the attack on yourself and fix vulnerabilities before someone else finds them. Traditionally this has been done manually through a penetration tester (a “pentester”) or ethical hacker, someone who specializes in all the techniques used by attackers. A skilled pentester will work through an exhaustive list of vulnerabilities and attempt to find exploits in every area of a web application. It is a time-consuming process but necessary for any business who takes security seriously.
But what happens when your application is updated frequently? Having a manual pentest every week or even every month is unrealistic for most firms. This is where we see the case for automatic pentesting or continuous vulnerability scanning. By having constant automated pentests with every update you can eliminate the bulk of potential vulnerabilities before they ever reach production. This creates an underlying baseline of security.