Pentesting: Benefits, Legal Compliance And Costs


With the GDPR taking effect some time ago, a lot of companies are still in deep water trying to both comply with the statutory provisions as well as harmonize internal processes. The stakes are high, and individuals seem to be more aware of the value and privacy of their own data, than ever before. And as vulnerabilities in everyday products such as smart appliances, routers and other connected devices often make the news, users start to question the underlying procedures (or lack thereof) to secure their private information.

An important and efficient method to improve the security level of networks and various applications is penetration testing.

Our SEC Consult senior security experts and ethical hackers have answered a few of our questions on how pentesting works:

Summary & recommendations

A pen test is a quick, well-planned and relatively inexpensive measure to analyze the security of a systems at a specific time. It offers the needed transparency and objectivity when handling potential security risks. It is a starting point to evaluate and improve the security status of applications and often required to meet legal compliance.

To find possible loopholes takes time, in testing, as well as preparation. Keep in mind, that an air-tight security is frustrating for hackers, so they will lose interest and move onto an easier target (which isn’t you, hopefully).

Any test is a snapshot in time

A pentest, in particular, is not a proof of absence of security vulnerabilities or finding everything there is (as it is always bound to a time constraint). Changing (ancient) processes and develop awareness for security throughout the company can be very challenging but rewarding on the long run. Regular pentests, a firmware assessment and an appropriate risk management process in your company is a good place to get started.

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