Security Management

F6: Rise of the Pen Testing Machines: Is Resistance Futile?

Friday, June 9, 2023 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Room 506


An increase in new security requirements from both regulatory and cyber insurance sources has led to increased awareness and demand for penetration tests. To meet this demand, many new vendors are offering fully automated penetration tests that are touted as both affordable and effective. To evaluate these assertions, we procured automated pen tests from three vendors and will discuss the cost and effectiveness of these current automated pen test platforms. We will highlight the advantages and limitations of automated pen testing services.

Learner Objectives

- Understand the limitations of automated pen testing services - Appreciate the advantages of human-based pen testing - Be able to formulate an informed opinion on the kind of pen test his/her organization needs - Obtain specific information about automated pen testing outcomes vs. human-based pen test projects