12 desirable reasons why an organization should carry out a penetration test:

  1.  Assess potential business and operational impacts of successful attacks and determine the feasibility of a particular set of attack vectors.
  2.  Identify higher-risk vulnerabilities resulting from lower-risk vulnerabilities exploited in a particular way.
  3. To comply with security regulations or standards, e.g. ISO 27001, NIST CSF, NIST 800-171HIPAAPCI DSS or the EU GDPR.
  4. To ensure the security of new applications or significant changes to business processes.
  5. To manage the risks of using a greater number and variety of outsourced services.
  6. To assess the risk of critical data or systems being compromised by an incident.
  7. In preparation for any upcoming external audits, such as FFIEC audits performed by third-party providers.
  8. To determine the weakness in the infrastructure (hardware), application (software) and people in order to develop controls.
  9. Save Remediation Costs and Reduces Network Downtime.
  10. To develop Efficient Security Measures.
  11. Provide evidence to support increased investments in security personnel and technology.
  12. At the end of the day, it’s basic due diligence, to find out about the vulnerability before someone else does.

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