The perpetually changing threat landscape compacted by the proliferating complexity of attacks and attack vectors drives home the necessity for organisations to continually monitor and manage vulnerabilities.
A number of standards and compliance frameworks have components specifically relating to security auditing and testing of systems. Either stipulating or suggesting regular third party security assessments are required to understand if known security vulnerabilities affect relevant systems.
Penetration testing is a critical component of any efficient security programme regardless of any regulatory requirements. In today's environment, all businesses should be taking responsibility for how they manage and process their customer's data.
Regular penetration tests help identify vulnerabilities before any real-world damage that could be caused by their exploitation. Such as a breach, a Ransomware outbreak, a news report with finding that your organisation has had known security vulnerabilities affecting systems that process customer data.
Penetration tests help security professionals identify, prioritise and mitigate security vulnerabilities before the bad guys can exploit them.