Advanced web applications are becoming more complex and sophisticated as they use interesting new technologies and help ever-more critical operations.
It’s well-known that cyber-criminals and nation-state leads are using the same kind of devices, tools, and platforms leveraged legitimately as penetration testers should.
Cybersecurity professionals have to battle with a surge of cyber challenges including malware, denial of services, and ransomware while keeping the company’s data safe and secure. This data is usually the most valuable and delicate asset of a business.
According to Frost & Sullivan’s report, the application security testing market was estimated at $2.6 billion in 2017. It anticipates a maintained double-digit increase, at a 25.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2022.
What Can Be Done?
Threat leads are pulled towards pen-testing tools for various reasons right from expense and availability, through to familiarity and operation safety.
Usually, the production of a software device is ethically and legitimately agnostic unless the author particularly recommends or advertises differently. Thus, in the event of someone intentionally advocating illegal use, legal ordinances can be employed, such as conspiracy to commit, aiding, and abetting.
It is the combination of the inefficient nature of legal authorities with the advantages that pen-testing devices bring to the safety equation. Striving to put controls in place for pen-testing tools would be a waste as they could be neglected or overlooked by any malicious leads.
Businesses must eliminate vulnerabilities to avoid exploitations. General vulnerability evaluations or penetration tests are pivotal here. The extensive use of tools to make this method more effective will allow security experts and ethical hackers to find more vulnerability and enable businesses to remediate them.
Eventually, the advantage of penetration-testing devices will forever surpass the threat posed by those who misuse them. Efforts to manage the weaponization of these penetration-testing tools are not ineffective and in the path of those who are best situated to help increase business network security.
What is required is more pen-testing, more teams of all interests agreed to practice those tools as part of a highly-skilled security inspection, and then there would be less room for malevolent stars to exploit their use in the first place.
Businesses strive to keep pace with the ever-evolving hacking models and methods. This leaves many CISOs and their teams simply responding to breaches rather than proactively stopping hackers from accessing their systems and networks, draining information technology experts, and lowering productivity.
Here penetration testing plays an integral part as it enables businesses to test systems and networks without harming regular operations and threats of treacherous hacking. Still, a manual process is typically costly, time-consuming, and not comprehensive.