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FireCompass Automated Penetration Test & Red Teaming – Gartner Hype Cycle 22

Can your security team confidently answer the following questions?

  • Which vulnerabilities have the greatest chance of being exploited by an adversary?
  • What are your action points to identify the unknown risks and vulnerabilities in our environment?
  • Which infrastructure changes or digital transformation initiatives in the last 7 days have altered your threat landscape or security posture?
In most cases, the answer is no even though the overall investment in tools, resources and assessment is increasing every year to keep up with the ever-evolving threat landscape. Many organizations have realised that you can’t outspend cybersecurity challenges. The security teams need to be successful every time to identify and mitigate risks before they are exploited but an attacker needs to be successful only once. All it takes is one. One exposed port because of a misconfiguration. One forgotten cloud server because of shadow IT. One unpatched publicly exposed vulnerability. One small error in the hands of an attacker can be all that is needed to launch an attack.

FireCompass Named A Sample Vendor In Gartner® Hype Cycle for Security Operations, 2022

Automated Penetration Test And Red Teaming

The concept of Red Teaming is meant to close this gap by looking at things from an external attacker type perspective but traditional red teaming has always been a “point in time” activity, resource intensive and expensive. This is where Automated Penetration Testing & Red Teaming makes the difference to validate an organization’s exposure and attack surface. Compared to traditional red teaming, automation offers more frequent and reliable assessments, reducing the associated dwell time. It helps the resources to prioritize the mitigation of vulnerabilities.

Business Impacts of Automated Penetration Test & Red Teaming:

Although there are multiple benefits of Automated Penetration Testing & Red Teaming, here are the 2 vital business impacts:

  • Frequent and consistent testing helps to find and mitigate weaknesses, gaps and operational deficiencies faster.
  • Reduce external costs and avoid paying for expensive services.

What is driving Penetration Testing & Red Teaming Automation and why Gartner is talking about it:

  • Organizations willing to validate their security posture cannot depend solely on annual penetration testing activities.
  • Vendors like FireCompass are adding more automation in running attack scenarios and better control of the “stealthiness” and risks of individual assessment in their tools to aid security operations teams.
  • Human-led red teaming programs are difficult to initiate because they require a specific set of expertise, processes and tools that can be expensive to develop. Adding automation to the red team tool mix can help initiate such a program.
As organizations continue to transform and modernize, security teams will continue to deal with constant change, increased risk, more data to decipher, more competing priorities and a broader attack surface to protect while cybersecurity threats become more complex, sophisticated, malicious, and well organized and well funded. As the enterprise’s digital footprint gets more disparate and diverse, it gets more difficult for cybersecurity teams to ensure that every critical asset, digital process and innovation is protected against the latest threats and attacks.
Security teams are recognizing that this continuously evolving IT ecosystem demands a shift in tactics. Continuous, automated testing can help enterprises adopt a risk-based and adversary-focused security approach to ensure that they are prepared to defend against the evolving threat posed by the adversaries who are relentlessly targeting their organization.