Automated penetration testing tools

Our clients often ask whether they should go for automated or manual penetration testing. The ideal recommendation is to follow a mixed approach. Absolute reliance on either of the methods can have a fair share of disadvantages. For example, manual penetration testing is time-consuming, and your team will not be utilizing the benefits of automated … Continued

HIPAA Security Rule for dummies

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a 1996 federal law that seeks to protect the medical information of patients. To achieve this, it lays down certain compliance requirements for covered entities. In the context of HIPAA, covered entities are organizations on which HIPAA is applicable. Under Title II of this act, the US … Continued

PCI DSS ASV scanning explained for dummies

Organizations across the globe are increasingly adopting PCI DSS to demonstrate that they securely store payment card data. Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is a set of technical and operational requirements laid down by the PCI SSC (PCI Security Standard Council). Over the years, PCI DSS has become a reasonably expected compliance … Continued

Firewall penetration testing explained

Firewalls form the first line of defense in your organization’s IT infrastructure. As a result, the attackers are most likely to scan and exploit existing vulnerabilities. A firewall can be either software or hardware. It continuously inspects your organization’s incoming and outgoing traffic. Generally, firewalls have predetermined rules and policies to either grant or deny … Continued

How to choose a PCI DSS penetration testing partner?

Cyber attacks are getting increasingly sophisticated and complex. An organization cannot sit back and wait for a security incident to occur before taking any action. Modern-day organizations need to adopt proactive as well as reactive measures to minimize cybersecurity risks comprehensively. Penetration testing is one such proactive measure that helps an organization in identifying vulnerabilities … Continued

Top 5 open-source tools for network vulnerability scanning

Organizations conduct vulnerability assessments for their networks to identify the existing vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and loopholes. The results of such an assessment can help a network administrator in understanding the security posture of their network and implement defensive measures against potential threats and vulnerabilities. So often, vulnerability assessments involve a network vulnerability scanner tool which can … Continued

VPN penetration testing explained

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a gateway to your organizational network. While companies often prefer using a VPN for remote access, its importance has only increased by the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommended using VPNs as one of the good security practices to follow while working remotely. From an attacker’s perspective, finding a VPN … Continued

DevOps best practices for vulnerability scanning

Considering the market dynamics and increasing competition in various industry segments, organizations seek to minimize their applications’ time-to-market. Companies adopt DevOps principles for improving the delivery speed and enhancing the agility in their workflows. While DevOps is not a new concept, it focusses on collaboration between development and operations within an organization. Due to this … Continued

Annual penetration testing v. continuous monitoring

Penetration tests have become an essential part of an organization’s security strategy to find and fix vulnerabilities before attackers exploit them. The frequency of penetration tests depends on a variety of factors such as regulatory requirements, risk assessment results, and available financial resources. Our clients often ask our experts about the right frequency for penetration … Continued