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  1. Arti says:

    After scanning, we review the results and adjust our strategy for manual testing. Penetration tests help avoid this by showing your IT team where the security holes are so that they can fix them before an attack happens. Naturally, these competitors can charge less for their “penetration test” so be careful when shopping for cybersecurity companies. We gather information in a variety of ways including automated vulnerability scanning. We find that our competitors use the results of the vulnerability scan to provide their clients with reports and call it a penetration test. The first step in performing a penetration test is “information collection”. We may change the exploit we use on publicly facing systems, or attempt a alternative attack vector all together based on the results. When it comes to cybersecurity the cost of reacting to an attack is much greater than being prepared and avoiding an attack in the first place. In 2019 the average cost of a cyber attack was $4. 6 million. Without a thorough penetration test your environment may have a few vulnerabilities your IT team is unaware of.

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