The Value of Penetration Testing

In case you are wondering whether a penetration test offers any value to your organization, we have to first of all admit that there are two dimensions (stakeholding parties) in answering this question: executives and technical.

For the executives party, there are two important costs to be calculated: the cost of a data breach and the cost of the mitigation controls. As a rule of thumb, if the cost of implementing the security control is lower than the cost of the data breach occured by the absence of the specific control, then the latter shall be implemented. Smart!

But regarding the data breach, there are numerous factors involved in the cost calculation, such as:

  • Reputation loss
  • Stock prices decrease
  • Regulatory fines (GDPR and more)
  • Revenue loss
  • Equipment damage
  • Psychological and motivational instability within the company

Spending on information security will reach above than $114 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.4 percent from last year.
In 2019, the market forecast is expected to rise to $124 billion.

The Answer


Having perennial experience in performing penetration tests and other types of assessments, we conclude that three are the most important values a penetration test offers:


1. Learning Opportunity

There is no flawless system, network or application. Conducting a penetration test will offer important insights and actually teach you in a way to better understand your system, its underlying components and the interaction between them. This helps your technical team, developers and IT department not only professionaly learn and act proactively in the future but actually, transform the system to something harder and significantly resistant to hacking attacks.

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2. Reputation Protection

Protecting your company's reputation keeps your customers engaged and keeps you away from legislational fines. Suffering a data breach is a chained reaction that affects not only your company but more importantly, your customers' companies.


3. Dual Compliance

Almost every cybersecurity standard implies a form of a recurring security assessment. Make sure to arrange a tailor-made penetration test according to your organizational and legislational security needs and get the best out of assessing your security posture.

Besides compliance, a continuous increase in B2C, B2B and supply chain cybersecurity is observed. Clients need a penetration test proof from their partners, vendors and suppliers. With security assessments becoming a norm in modern businesses, privacy and security concerns drive companies towards a strategic cybersecurity partner. SpearIT not only offers assessment, compliance and consulting services but makes a step forward, providing:


upon completion of a penetration test and verification of mitigation actions

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