13 Feb
2024
8
min read

What feeds of information are crucial to an effective security testing programme?

In order to run an effective security testing programme, there are three key feeds of information that need looking at. Security strategy is all about being aware of your feeds of information, your data, and looking at the gaps between your findings depending on the different tools used. 

Sian-Louise Montgomery
Marketing Consultant

In order to run an effective security testing programme, there are three key feeds of information that need looking at.

Firstly, you need to be looking at what’s going on inside the environment. What changes are being made? What exists? What changes are planned? Essentially, what is there and what will there be?

The second feed of information you need to be looking at is what’s going on outside the environment that’s likely to influence things. Are there publicly disclosed vulnerabilities coming in or being discovered in the technology stack that you have? Are there threat actors operating to try and compromise specific business verticals or specific technologies?

The third and final feed of information is data about the vulnerabilities themselves, decent quality data of that. So, you now have the understanding of what you’ve got and hopefully you’re orchestrating some sort of security testing in order to be able to understand that information. Now, you need to make sure that the quality of those results is commensurate with what you’re trying to accomplish. Some tools will provide you with some pieces of information, other tools will provide you with other pieces of information, doing a gap analysis of this information will help you to really understand how they can complement each other. This will get you to where you need to be when trying to run an effective security testing programme.

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