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Organizations have historically conducted penetration testing as a singular endeavor, often driven by compliance obligations or as a security measure.  However, these penetration tests come with a set of limitations of their own. As cyber threats keep evolving, what might be secure today, could become a vulnerability tomorrow. Traditional testing relies heavily on human testers. While they are skilled, they can make mistakes or miss certain vulnerabilities due to oversight, fatigue, or lack of expertise in a specific area.

What is Modern Pentesting-as-a-Service(PTaaS)?

Unlike traditional pentesting, modern PTaaS blends the expertise of human hackers with robust automation tools enabling the users to get real-time reports, advanced risk-scoring data, and seamless integration with already existing security measures. The dynamic and hybrid blend of human expertise with automation offers boundless scalability to organizations of all sizes. PTaaS offers transparent pricing which can help organizations plan their security budgets more efficiently.

PTaaS leverages cutting-edge automated tools that swiftly scan networks, applications, and systems for vulnerabilities. This rapid identification of weaknesses ensures that security gaps are promptly addressed, reducing the window of opportunity for potential cyber threats.

Traditional Pentesting VS Strobes Modern Pentesting

AspectTraditional Penetration TestingPentesting As a Service
ApproachOne-time engagement for testingAdhoc or recurring pen tests
Testing MethodologiesManual testingModern hybrid methodology that includes automation and manual approach to targets
Reporting TimingReports delivered after assessmentReal-time reporting
Risk Scoring and PrioritizationVulnerabilities identified without specific prioritizationAdvanced risk scoring for categorizing vulnerabilities by severity
Collaboration with TestersLimited interaction with testersCollaborative SaaS portal for direct engagement with the expert team
Testing Scope and DurationDefined scope and testing time frameTailored testing methodologies and scopes aligned with requirements
Cost EfficiencyStandard pricing modelsCost-effective solution with budget-friendly pricing
Compliance Frameworks CoverageCoverage may varyComprehensive testing of key compliance frameworks – PCI DSS, HIPPA, GDPR
Integration with Existing Security ToolsPossible, but integration may not be seamlessComplements existing security measures for seamless integration
Availability of Mitigation StrategiesPost-assessmentReal-time mitigation strategies during testing
CollaborationLimited collaboration between pentesters and stakeholdersBuilt-in collaboration features for pentesters, developers, and other stakeholders.
ScalabilityRequires manual scaling efforts. E.g., hiring more pentestersPlatform-based, easily scalable to handle multiple tests or larger scopes.
CustomizationLimited customization in reporting and test methodologiesHighly customizable to cater to specific business requirements and scopes.
PricingHours or effort-based unpredictable pricing Simplified, goal-oriented, or credit-based pricing

Traditional Pentesting Causes Delayed Remediation

The sluggish pace of remediation in traditional penetration testing methods can be traced back to several fundamental challenges. Firstly, developers often lack specialized training in crafting secure code. This deficiency results in software vulnerabilities that persist, providing opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit these weak points. Secondly, the overload of alerts overwhelms security analysts. Lastly, DevOps engineers grapple with the dual challenge of dealing with false alarms and the intricacies of antiquated systems that are difficult to patch effectively. These cumulative issues create bottlenecks in the remediation process, leaving organizations exposed to potential cyber threats for extended periods.

While PTaaS offers numerous advantages, companies’ continued reliance on traditional penetration testing methods can be attributed to a variety of factors, including technological constraints, regulatory requirements, lack of awareness, security concerns, customization needs, risk aversion, budget limitations, and organizational inertia.

The Benefits of Pentesting-as-a-Service Over Traditional Pentesting

PTaaS has emerged as an advanced option rather than a repackaged version of traditional pentesting. One of the key advantages lies in its speed and efficiency. PTaaS employs advanced automated tools that swiftly scan networks and applications, identifying vulnerabilities in record time. This rapid assessment enables organizations to address security gaps promptly, reducing the window of opportunity for potential cyber threats. Additionally, PTaaS is highly scalable and flexible, making it accessible to businesses of all sizes. Its automated nature significantly reduces costs, making comprehensive cybersecurity measures more affordable. Moreover, PTaaS platforms generate detailed real-time reports, offering actionable insights that empower organizations to make informed decisions promptly.

Strobes PTaaS: Going Above and Beyond your Regular Pentesting!  

With Our cutting-edge approach is not just fast; it’s four times faster than legacy pentesters. At Strobes, we follow a hybrid approach to give the best results that you deserve. With our exemplary hackers, you also get access to the Strobes PTaaS platform wherein you can manage your entire penetration testing lifecycle. By leveraging the power of automation, Strobes PTaaS reduces up to 80% of the administrative workload for pentesters, streamlining operations, and collaboration, and making reporting exceptionally efficient and real-time.

With Strobes as your PTaaS provider, you can trust that our testing will effectively mitigate risks linked to preventable breaches. Eager to understand the process? Schedule a call now.

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