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

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

How to test your incident response using red teaming

Security experts across the globe often emphasize that absolute security is a myth. Organizations must not fall into the oblivion that since they have implemented all possible security measures, they cannot be attacked. Considering the ever-evolving threat landscape, this state of oblivion can do more harm than good. Maintaining the security of IT infrastructure is … Continued

FISMA Penetration Testing

Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 is a US legislation which defines an extensive framework for the protection of federal information systems against cyber attackers. It was enacted on December 17, 2002, under the E-Government Act of 2002. Specifically, in the context of the United States, this act recognized the importance of information security to protect economic … Continued

Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing in AWS for SOC 2 Compliance

Many organizations have now started considering security as an essential factor while choosing a vendor. This shift has led to a surge in service providers opting for SOC 2 compliance to demonstrate that they have implemented an adequate level of security controls, and an authorized third party has audited these controls.  SOC, or the System Organization Control, prescribes five trust service principles (TSPs) … Continued

Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS) – Why?

Modern-day businesses remain under a constant threat from a wide range of vulnerabilities. And the pace at which the vulnerabilities are being discovered in applications and software, a business must not keep calm and let the time take its course. In the last decade or so, penetration testing has evolved into a go-to method for businesses … Continued

Importance of Black Box Penetration Testing in Application Security

Organizations invest in many security-related exercises to ensure that its technical infrastructure is secure and protected. One such exercise is black box testing wherein the testers investigate a system just like an attacker would do with minimal or no knowledge about the internal architecture or configuration of the system. The testers use many tools for detecting possible … Continued

Penetration Testing: Automated v. Manual

Previously, we have thoroughly discussed what penetration testing is and how it is different from vulnerability assessment, along with discussing penetration testing for SaaS companies as well as cloud infrastructure. Over the years, many service providers have started offering penetration testing as a service, and it is a tedious process for the decision-makers of a business to choose an appropriate vendor. Penetration testing as a service is … Continued

Integrating OWASP ZAP in DevSecOps Pipeline

Security and innovations have often been at contrast positions when it comes to the development of new products and services. In a Rapid Application Development Cycle (DevSecOps), security teams often initiated DAST tools to locate vulnerabilities just before the launch of a new product or a new version of the previously-launched product. This became non-scalable … Continued