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Penetration Testing Still a Vital Part of Organisational Security Based on Annual Core Security Survey

Core Security, a HelpSystems Company, today announced the results of its annual penetration testing survey, with 85 per cent of cybersecurity respondents reporting they pen test at least once per year. This finding is part of the more extensive 2021 Penetration Testing Report, which reveals that pen testing plays an essential role within organisations as part of a robust security strategy. Building on last year’s inaugural survey, the findings show how and why organisations depend on penetration testing.

“Core Security has dedicated two decades toward the advancement of penetration testing,” said Brian Wenngatz, General Manager, Core Security, a HelpSystems Company. “Our annual survey gives actionable insights for the cybersecurity community.

Organisations rely on pen testing to reveal security weaknesses and comply with regulations including PCI DSS, SOX, NERC, HIPAA, CMMC, and GDPR. Based on this year’s findings, 99 per cent of respondents said pen testing was key to compliance initiatives.

The shift to remote work in response to COVID-19 also showed the vital role pen testing plays in new security challenges. Of those surveyed, 28 per cent reported increasing pen tests, and 45 per cent reported greater emphasis on network security tests.

“This survey and report have shown that the need for pen testing resources is in high demand and will likely remain so in the coming years,” said Wenngatz. “Core Security remains dedicated to providing pen testing resources for every type of organisation through a tiered offering of Core Impact, our powerful pen testing tool, and services from a best-in-class pen testing team.”

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