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The end result of a penetration test is an insightful and detailed report. A good pentesting report must include an executive summary of findings, a breakdown of the process, and security recommendations.
Before launching a new project, you need to detect where you are weak. Pentesting will eliminate the window of opportunity for those with ill intent. That’s when penetration testing comes into play. Pentester’s job entails scrutinizing every nook and cranny of your systems. Basically, they perform a real reconnaissance that goes far beyond a regular vulnerability scan. If done consistently over time – once or twice a year – pen testing will ensure your project remains resilient despite ever-growing cyber threats.
The end result of any test of this type is a penetration test report, a wrap-up of a multi-step process. A report allows the project owners and their technical teams to make informed decisions on addressing security threats, big and small.
An effective pen testing report typically includes:
As the ultimate deliverable after any penetration testing process, a pen test report has three significant benefits:
Many believe that a pentest ends immediately after the report. The system gets a check-up, and if everything turns out fine, no need for a follow-up. This isn’t how penetration tests work.
The goal of a pentest isn’t to confirm that a system is hackable. After all, any system is prone to hacks in theory. A pen test report is to explain how the system responds to specific attacks. Those who want to make their system resilient should order pen testing on a regular basis and after each major update. After all, what works today, might fail to work tomorrow.
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