Penetration Testing Still a Vital Part of Organizational Security Based on Annual Core Security Survey

MINNEAPOLIS (March 18, 2021)— Core Security, a Fortra Company, today announced the results of its annual penetration testing survey, with 85 percent of cybersecurity respondents reporting they pen test at least once per year. This finding is part of the more extensive 2021 Penetration Testing Report, which reveals that pen testing plays an essential role within organizations as part of a robust security strategy. Building on last year’s inaugural survey, the findings show how and why organizations depend on penetration testing.

“Core Security has dedicated two decades toward the advancement of penetration testing,” said Brian Wenngatz, General Manager, Core Security, a Fortra Company. “Our annual survey gives actionable insights for the cybersecurity community."

Organizations rely on pen testing to reveal security weaknesses and comply with regulations including  PCI DSS, SOX, NERC, HIPAA, CMMC, and GDPR. Based on this year’s findings, 99 percent of respondents said pen testing was key to compliance initiatives.

The shift to remote work in response to COVID-19 also showed the vital role pen testing plays in new security challenges. Of those surveyed, 28 percent reported increasing pen tests, and 45 percent reported greater emphasis on network security tests.

“This survey and report have shown that the need for pen testing resources is in high demand and will likely remain so in the coming years,” said Wenngatz. “Core Security remains dedicated to providing pen testing resources for every type of organization through a tiered offering of Core Impact, our powerful pen testing tool, and services from a best-in-class pen testing team.”  

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