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.
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.
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.
A series of regular pentests can inform secure development, provide performance data and guide strategic decisions.
Your business should set a pentest cadence based on security needs, customer expectations, and business objectives.
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.learn more
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.learn more
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.learn more
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.learn more
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).learn more
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