Pen Testing as a Services – PTaaS


Introduction- A company’s security stance is continuously changing in-line with the growing risks. A traditional penetration testing service is a point in time evaluation. However, PTaaS involves a continuous cycle of testing and remediation. It suggests that to combat the changing security stance of the company, there must be an on-going program of testing and management.

Why Pen Testing as a Service Make Sense:-
Security Testing – Security vulnerabilities are a reality faced by the digital world at a rapid speed. Given this reality, penetration testing (also known as Pen-Testing) has become a critical method for protecting systems and applications from security vulnerabilities.

Pen-Test – assesses the security posture and discovers possible defects that could allow malicious individuals/organizations to compromise the security’s main pillars, i.e. Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability.

Penetration Testing Role :-
Rich the goal of this exercise is to uncover vulnerabilities in a target system so the team of developers can take action to correct them. Talking about pen-testers, they act as real attackers, attempting to compromise the system to learn the effectiveness of the performed DDoS and cyber attacks.

Why Penetration Testing as a Services:-

  • A company’s security stance is continuously changing in-line with the growing risks.
  • A traditional penetration testing services is a point in time evaluation.
  • However, PTaaS involves a continuous cycle of testing and remediation.
  • It suggests that to combat the changing security stance of the company, there must be an on-going program of testing and management.
  • The PTaaS methodology recognizes tests and validates the entire platform stack. From the operating system to the SSL certificate, PTaaS is about creating a system of automatic checks and monitoring to protect the smallest features of the software eco-system.

Major Benefits of Penetration Testing :-
Continuous Security Management:- PTaaS encompasses continuous security management through all-encompassing managed services.

Frequent Vulnerability Scanning:-Unlike the traditional penetration testing, in PTaaS, you can receive access to regular vulnerability scanning report.

Automatic Track Changes:-PTaaS comprises of an automatic track changes feature that would ensure traceability of improvements in the application security.

What are the tools for Pen testing?
OWASP :- The Open Web Application is a non-profit organization that is running several projects to improve the security of software. A few of the flagship tools of this tool are ZAP, OWASP Web Testing Environment Project, OWASP Dependency-Check, etc.

W3af :- This tool is popularly used to audit framework and protect the app from the web application attacks. Generally, this tool has three types of plugins namely, audit, discovery, and attack. It has a good number of features to prevent vulnerabilities such as cookie handling, DNS cache, proxy support, etc.

Acunetix :- This tool is known for providing complete automation penetration testing services. The security scanner scans applications available on JavaScript, single-page applications, HTML5, etc. With this tool, a tester can audit complicated web applications, clear the compliance issues, and manage the reports on web and network vulnerabilities.

BurpSuite :- The software of this tool known as a commercial product can work for web application scanning, crawling content, intercepting proxy, functionality, and many more. The main advantage of this tool is that it can be used in any environment like Windows, Linux, Mac OS, etc.

Wireshark :- This is an open-source tool known as a network protocol analyser. It is capable to run on various platforms such as on Linux, Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. The efficient features of this tool include displaying filters, live capturing, VoIP analysis, offline analysis, etc.

Metasploit :- This is an open-source penetration testing tool that enables a tester to access a number of features such as to verify vulnerabilities, to manage security, and more.

Mr. Arshad Hussain, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Applications, Career Point University, Kota

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