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Why Pen Testing Is Essential For Your Organization’s Security


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Rob Behnke

December 13th, 2022


In an earlier article, we talked about what a penetration test is and what it is not.  After answering those questions, the next logical question that companies might ask is “Does my organization need a penetration test?” The answer is YES. 

Many organizations have an in-house IT or security team responsible for identifying potential vulnerabilities and protecting the business against cyber threats.  After building out such a program, it might seem like undergoing a penetration test is an unnecessary exercise.

However, in-house security teams have their limitations and blind spots.  A failure to acknowledge these can leave an organization vulnerable to attack.  Undergoing a penetration test by a reputable service provider is an essential addition to any company’s existing, internal cybersecurity efforts.  

A pen test can help companies with various aspects of their cybersecurity including:

  • Realistic Assessments: Evaluating the ability of in-house security teams and defenses to detect and remediate real-world cyber threats can be difficult.  Undergoing a penetration test enables a company to see how its security stacks up against the tools and techniques used by real threat actors.
  • Vulnerability Triage: Most organizations are behind on vulnerability management with little chance of catching up soon.  A pen test can help organizations to identify the vulnerabilities that attackers are most likely to exploit, enabling them to focus remediation efforts on these vulnerabilities and dramatically decrease their cybersecurity risk.
  • Compliance Readiness: Most organizations are subject to multiple compliance regulations that mandate that they have security controls in place to protect sensitive information in their care.  Penetration testing can help organizations evaluate the effectiveness of their security controls and reduce the probability and impact of a data breach.

How Often Should Your Organization Undergo a Pen Test?

Most companies should undergo penetration testing on a regular basis – at least annually.  This enables an organization to evaluate the state of its cybersecurity posture as its IT infrastructure and the cyber threat landscape change.  Penetration tests provide a snapshot of an organization’s existing cybersecurity strength; only by performing them regularly does a company get a wider picture of how its defenses stack up against cyber threats.

How to Find the Best Pen Testing Service Provider

A penetration test is only as good as the penetration testing service provider.  When selecting a cybersecurity company to perform a penetration test against your organization, look for one that the top organizations trust with their security.  

Halborn is one of the best penetration testing service providers in the Web3 market. We’ve worked with top blockchain organizations including Solana, Avalanche, Coinbase, Dapper Labs, Ava Labs, and many more. For more information about our penetration testing services and costs, reach out to our expert pen testers at halborn@protonmail.com.