There are some key reasons why in house penetration testing is not sufficient but to understand these, it is important to first understand the pros and cons of both in-house and third-party penetration testing.
In-house penetration testing will provide you with a very controllable and convenient way of acquiring information, regarding the security state of the technical aspects of the business under test. This will be provided by known and trusted internal staff, who will be able to communicate this information back in a very custom, specific way for the organisation. If they are allowed to work closely and directly with those designing and running core aspects under test, then it’s possible that the returned report will be tailored to you. This is a rather large benefit, but it has some rather significant flaws.
The most significant of those flaws is the lack of diversity within the testing team. The same factor which can provide benefits in the form of an internally knowledgeable team, will lead to very similar factors being tested due to the lack of diverse knowledge among the penetration testing team. This is something which is overcome by an external third-party team such as Reliance acsn, as we are able to rotate our testers and provide an external perspective on the aspects under test, without the biases and influences an internal team has.
External third-party penetration testing allows for the third party to test in a way that is more functionally similar to a real attack on the company in question’s systems. Not only is it possible to perform a test without any prior knowledge of what technologies are in use – something not feasible for an internal team, who will be in constant contact with the technical staff within the company – but it allows tests such as social engineering attacks to be performed by an unknown party to those within most of the company. While there are downsides to this, in the sense that the third party will not have the information and close contact with the technical parts of the business in such a direct way, it is possible to overcome this if the company under test is able to assist where needed. This will often be in the form of confirming certain critical vulnerabilities during the test, or acquiring further information to better form a bespoke report fitting the customer’s needs.
It should be clear that while both of these approaches have their downsides and upsides, it is far easier to compensate for a third party’s less direct access to internal information than it is to try to hire and train more staff on a long-term basis, just to cover the requirements of diverse testing knowledge. It should be mentioned that in-house testing does not mean foregoing a lack of internal security assessments altogether. However, for a comprehensive and diverse penetration test, it is important to seek out third parties such as Reliance acsn who can provide all of the required testing needs, working with the customer to fulfil and customise technical or reporting requirements for each test.
What makes our Pen Testers different?
Complete security cannot be achieved through an entirely automated process. It requires a team that has the knowledge of every technical aspect of cyber security and an understanding of how people behave in real life. It is these skills, along with their ingenuity, that sets our Pen Testers apart from our competitors.
Talking to you directly, with no account manager in between, our team can tailor services to your specific needs and work together or individually to help boost your defences. Working as a team, our Pen Testers can prepare for every eventuality, providing a strong and rigorous pen testing service and achieving results quickly and efficiently.
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