By Michael Diehl, Technology Editor

Security testing is a task challenging enough that many professionals don’t even try to learn how to do it themselves. Nevertheless, it is extremely vital to your security posture - most compliance standards require organizations to perform security testing on a regular basis. But taking the various network components, systems and applications that make up your corporate infrastructure through their paces can be extremely time-consuming. With technical staff trained in the arts often coming at a premium price, do you bite the bullet and hire a team, outsource to a specialized firm, or just do nothing?

Tools in this space can greatly reduce the total cost of performing regular security tests. They can perform hundreds of tests a day, making them much more effective than outsourcing for one time. They focus on testing from different network segments and across multiple attack vectors to provide a complete view of the gaps present in your security plan. They also are updated frequently to include new vulnerabilities, attack patterns and malicious files to keep simulations as real as possible.

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