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How continuous attack surface intelligence compares with pen-testing?

How continuous Attack Surface Intelligence compares with pen-testing? 

Understanding the difference between pen testing and attack surface intelligene (ASI) is critical for cybercrime prevention and keeping your overall cybersecurity posture.  

 
The following table gives you a quick overview to know the differences between pen tests and ASI. 

PEN Testing

ASI

Scope

Find vulnerabilities and configuration issues as possible within a given timeframe.

Find, assess, and address potential attack vectors or risk exposures i.e., brand exposure, domains, vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, continuously.

Insight

Find, assess, and address potential attack vectors or risk exposures i.e., brand exposure, domains, vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, continuously.

“What do adversaries see when they target us? What risk exposure would they exploit first, that'd hit us the worst?”

Coverage

Duration of testing

Testing

Time to Result

~2 weeks

24 hours

Output and Delivery

Automated reporting to high-touch personal engagement

Automated reporting and portal access to high-touch personal engagement

Annual costs of coverage

$150 to 250K

$40K to $120K for a whole year

A continuous approach like Netenrich’s Attack Surface Intelligence (ASI) has multiple advantages over static pen tests: 

  • The start and stop nature of point-in-time penetration testing does not find potential attack vectors in your infrastructure and assets. However, Netenrich’s Attack Surface Intelligence automates round-the-clock scans of your infra, lets you see what hackers see before them, and helps you proactively prevent exploits. 
  • See your overall digital exposure in one unified view and drill-down by risk indicators. Contextualize alerts with our proprietary threat intelligence baked right into ASI. Take strategic calls the minute high-priority risks are found. 
  • ASI allows you to use detailed impact reports and on-call guidance to mitigate threats that mean the most harm. Utilize analyst-vetted remediation recommendations and actionable insights.to fix errors faster than ever before 

Intelligence to transform IT Ops

Netenrich helps enterprises achieve goals like SRE, reduced MTTR, lesser SME dependency, and unprecedented scale without the distraction of running ops.

Intelligence to transform IT Ops

Netenrich helps enterprises achieve goals like SRE, reduced MTTR, lesser SME dependency, and unprecedented scale without the distraction of running ops.

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