From the Winter 2021 Issue

Automated Pentesting – Can it Replace Humans?

Alex Haynes
CISO | Cheshire Datasystems Ltd.

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In the past few years, cybersecurity automation in many spheres of Cybersecurity increased dramatically. However, pentesting remains stubbornly immune to this. While crowdsourced security has evolved as an alternative to pentesting in the past 10 years, it’s not based on automation. Rather, the alternative simply throws more humans at a problem and in the process, creating its own set of weaknesses. Recently though, automated pentesting tools surfaced to the point where they are used to automate pentesting under certain conditions. This begs these questions: Are human pentesters heading for redundancy? Can we replace them with these tools?

To answer . . .

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