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Pentesting to meet compliance standards?

Oh, the joy of compliance. Adhering to the appropriate laws and regulations in your industry may mean completing certifications for specific compliance frameworks. Many of these frameworks require businesses to undergo third-party pentesting.

Regardless of which compliance framework you’re pursuing, pentesting will either help you fulfill a control that specifically calls for it, or bolster other required activities.

Learn more in our Beginner’s Guide to Compliance-Driven Pentesting, or explore common compliance frameworks below.

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Key Takeaways:

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One pentesting roadmap has the potential to win you points for multiple frameworks.

While PCI-DSS has very specific requirements on how you scope and execute your pentests, consistent and regular pentesting can strengthen your security programs and bring you closer to multiple key certifications.

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There are multiple well regarded methodologies you can refer to when setting up your first pentest.

For networks, you can rely on the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) and Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls, while the OWASP Top 10 application security risks are a great place to start for your applications and APIs. A reputable pentest provider will follow these guidelines.

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A formalized pentest program can help you consistently meet compliance obligations, and gradually mature your security programs.

A series of regular pentests can inform secure development, provide performance data and guide strategic decisions.

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Annual pentesting may be enough for compliance, but it’s unlikely to be the best option.

Your business should set a pentest cadence based on security needs, customer expectations, and business objectives.

Explore common compliance frameworks:

NIST 800-53 Compliance

NIST 800-53 Compliance

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 is a comprehensive set of security controls and assessment procedures designed for Federal information systems and organizations.

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ISO 27001 Compliance

ISO 27001 Compliance

The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 27001 framework outlines a set of best-practice guidelines businesses can use to protect the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, and customer data.

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PCI-DSS Compliance

PCI-DSS Compliance

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) aims to ensure that merchants and service providers worldwide process, transmit, and store payment card details securely.

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SOC 2 Compliance

SOC 2 Compliance

SOC 2 — which stands for System and Organization Controls — is developed and maintained by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The framework lays out a set of controls designed to help service organizations protect the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of sensitive information.

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HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a US federal law that prompted the development of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information. It aims to protect patients’ “electronic protected health information” (e-PHI).

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What our customers say

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Ryan Stinson, Security Engineering at HubSpot, shares how his team leverages Cobalt's on demand pentest platform to collaborate seamlessly in real time on every engagement.

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