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Pen Testing: Stay Safe Against Vulnerabilities

Attack Surface Intelligence from Netenrich

Liza Kurtz
Post by Liza Kurtz Aug 18, 2020

Is your organization safe from cyber attacksIf you said “NO” this blog is for you, and if you said “DON’T KNOW” this blog is also for youHere’s a quick sneak peek at how this blog will not just educate, but also help you manage your vulnerabilities 

  • The state of IT Security in organizations 
  • Cyber-serenity and the birth of pen testing 
  • Attack Surface Intelligence adds 24/7 coverage 
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Pen Testing: Keep Safe From Vulnerabilities

In simple words, pen testing is just a simulated attack against your own computing system. This testing approach is designed to identify exploitable vulnerabilities before an attacker. But a lot of information and no action is still “No good.” Stopping attackers involves a lot more than just investing in a cybersecurity solution. 

You’ve got logs, you’ve got tools, you’ve got policies—maybe a touch of alert fatigue—to the point where you probably don’t want anymore. But is it enough to stop adversaries (those savvy skulkers formerly known as “hackers”) from taking down your brand? For many IT and Security teams, the answer is, “we just don’t know”. 

The State of IT Security in Organizations 

Hackers have evolved and advanced in their attacks, constantly shapeshifting as and when new security trends are introduced. Most IT security teams are equipped to monitor just the basic security protocols and are nowhere close to stopping cybercriminals from penetrating the organization’s network. 

Security vulnerabilities threaten not just your present, but also your future business capabilities. As CIOs and CISOs, you got to be fully equipped with your cybersecurity tools for your future security needsAppropriate cybersecurity measures are key assets when you proactively plan to steer clear from relentless attacks.  

Cyber-serenity and the Birth of Pen Testing 

The quest for cyber-serenity gave rise to specialized activities like penetration or “pen” testing and Red Team exercises. That’s where companies hire “ethical hackers” or dedicate their own experts to breaking in. A port is left open, a workload moves to a public cloud, certificates expire, people make mistakes—and, bam! You’ve got a new weakness for adversaries to exploit. 

These types of activities expose opportunities to attackers that your security tools might miss, like issues with domains, ports, certificates, common misconfigurations, and vulnerabilities. The findings add valuable perspective into risk, but the insight technically gets old as soon as testing ends.  

Attack Surface Intelligence adds 24/7 coverage  

The need for ongoing insight created another category called attack surface management (ASM) to monitor your digital exposure on a continuous basis. ASM, like pen testing, scopes out external risk exposure, typically assessing brand exposure, domains, vulnerabilities, and misconfigurations. 

Netenrich recently raised the bar for ASM by introducing Attack Surface Intelligence (ASI) combining AI with high-quality prioritization and remediation recommendations from security analysts to make intelligence highly actionable. Part of our Threat & Attack Surface Intelligence suite, ASI also integrates proprietary threat insights from our Knowledge NOW (KNOW) free threat intelligence to speed resolution of digital risk and streamline SecOps. 

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Pen Testing, Red Teams and ASM 

Great variety exists within pen testing, Red Teams, and ASM. For example, pen tests can be white box, black box, or covert. Without your team being involved, or surprised, in varying degrees. Red Team assessments can be conducted internally and be narrower in scope. They may focus on specific vulnerabilities to achieve specific goals. SaaS-based ASM can be purely (or largely) automated or include high-touch professional service. 

While straight-up comparisons between the three approaches get tricky, and ideally you might employ them all. It’s always useful to consider the “pros” and “cons” if budget, staff, and other resources are limited. 

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If cost and continuous coverage rank high among your concerns, ASM offers compelling advantages. And if you haven’t tried it yet, Netenrich is making it easy to do so right now. Easy, and FREE! 

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