5 requirements for an effective security testing solution

Requirement 1: Ability to utilize imminent advanced threats

One of the greatest challenges in security testing is that new cyber threats are emerging all the time, and they use a wide spectrum of sophisticated techniques and tactics to achieve their ends. This includes techniques designed specifically to evade detection.

Requirement 2: 24x7x365 validation

In cyber security, the enemy never sleeps. Not only are new threats emerging all the time, but they do so at such a rate that security stakeholders describe it as a “constant battle” to stay ahead, a 2020 Accenture report reveals.

Requirement 3: Assessing existing control capabilities

It may sound obvious, but an effective security testing solution needs to account for the full range of security controls already present in a business’ IT environment, however complex and multifaceted it may be. Without the ability to assess existing control capabilities, security validation tools will struggle to provide meaningful insight on the relevance of individual security gaps, and the priority in which they need to be addressed.

Requirement 4: Immediate mitigation

In some cases, security validation tools will highlight security gaps that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. For this reason, we think it’s vital that an effective security testing solution should not only alert security teams to areas of risk, but arm them with the necessary information to remedy those risks within minutes. In some cases, this may involve a detailed to-do list of mitigation suggestions.

Requirement 5: Enable team communication and collaboration

Finally, an effective security testing solution needs to respond not only to the full range of threats out there, the full range of potential victims in the business and the full range of existing control capabilities, but also the many different functions, departments and individuals who need to be involved in responding to security risk.

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