For many organizations, managing a Pentest means hiring a pentest firm, waiting for results, and then delivering a report to management. From there, results including vulnerability findings will make their way to IT and development for resolution (or not) and to finance for use in budgeting for cybersecurity for the coming period. Devs might receive a PDF with the report or sit in on the one-hour readout call, but that’s likely the end of it.
Pentest-as-a-Service changes that. Firms like PentestHero (that’s us) deliver pentest results through a cloud platform, offering team onboarding, findings management, and alerts for developer-pentester communication. That gives management the tools to allocate responsibility for vulnerability findings, delegate work, and ensure that pentesting is an interactive and ongoing process.
PentestHero offers tools to manage Pentests more effectively, so they deliver more business value. Here’s how to make the most of that.
Plan Pentesting & Make them Recurring
While many organizations still rely on last-minute pentests for audit and compliance needs, that does little to cover long-term security. Pentests should be treated as projects and as part of technical system rollout. If you’re releasing new software, updating networks, or making large changes to your infrastructure, you should pentest to ensure continued security.
PentestHero’s cloud platform allows you to set up pentests around shared assets, pentest methodologies, and at a level that suits your project, assets, and budget. This means you can invest time into planning pentesting around security needs, complete with input from business and cybersecurity teams in your organization, and then schedule those pentests to be recurring. From there, you can easily plan new pentests, set the same pentest as recurring, and manage assessments over the long-term for ongoing security.
Onboard Key Stakeholders
Key stakeholders, ranging from business teams to security, engineering, product development, and IT all likely want and need to know what happens during the pentest. Onboard them using a pentest-as-a-service platform for better pentest management.
Business Teams – Onboarding business teams allows them to communicate with Pentest leads, delivering a much clearer idea of business scope and risk. With PentestHero, these stakeholders can participate in the platform, contribute to the initial pentest request, and receive notifications as findings are released.
Developers & Engineers – Your people in engineering, product development, etc., are responsible for investigating, patching, and fixing vulnerabilities. Onboarding these professionals means you can quickly delegate work, assigning tickets inside PentestHero’s cloud platform, so they can immediately get to work. Over time, this reduces your total time-to-fix and improves overall security.
Security & IT – Many findings relate to security settings, firewalls, and network setup. Security and IT teams need to be involved. A timely alert to IT can mean a quick fix, without waiting for the vulnerability to pass from management to management before trickling down to teams.
Track Results & Manage Pentests Long-Term
Establishing long-term views is crucial for understanding how your security is changing. For example, as your business grows, you add on more endpoints, which naturally result in more findings. It’s also easy to conflate a large number of vulnerabilities with a higher amount of risk, even though that isn’t necessarily the case.
That’s why we deliver dashboards, offering lifetime Finding results, which you can map to severity using standard measurements like the CVE score. This makes it easy to get at-a-glance information to hand to finance for budgeting, to C-suite for planning, or to security for context and assessment. Our Threat Dashboard means findings are presented in a simple and non-technical way for stakeholders, while developers and IT staff still get complete findings with methodology and check reports.
Eventually, even if you don’t end up working with PentestHero, you can apply this advice to streamline your pentesting process. Make sure relevant stakeholders are involved and plan pentests in advance. Make pentests recurring so you know security is in place. And, put processes in place to deliver vulnerability findings to the relevant people as soon as they’re available to you. This sort of work delegation moves the focus of the Pentest towards maintaining security, empowering developers to actually resolve issues, and making the pentester a collaborator in your security.