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451 Research Takes a Close Look at Cobalt in Latest Report

Recently, 451 did a deep dive on Cobalt — our business model, differentiators, and value prop — along with a SWOT analysis.

Analysts at 451 Research are lauded for their data-driven, global insights. For anyone who isn’t familiar with this leading research and advisory organization: the team of analysts engages with IT industry leaders to share key market findings and trends that can be pivotal for technology and service advisors.

Recently, 451 did a deep dive on Cobalt — our business model, differentiators, and value prop — along with a SWOT analysis. Here’s what analyst Aaron Sherrill had to say:

Organizations are discovering the ways traditional penetration testing engagements aren’t measuring up to a modernized approach. Traditional pentesting provides only a point-in-time snapshot of an enterprise’s risks, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities, and often fails to:

  • Deliver the outcomes needed for rapid development cycles
  • Provide interaction with testers during or after testing
  • Maximize retesting capabilities to ensure issues have been fully remediated
  • Give the insights needed for a data-driven security program

With that in mind, these shortcomings of traditional pentesting are becoming ever more critical. 451 Research’s recent Voice of the Enterprise: DevOps, Organizational Dynamics survey collected data that suggests a growing percentage of organizations are accelerating or newly introducing initiatives to add security to DevOps workflows. Because of this acceleration of adding security to DevOps, the time is here for traditional pentesting to evolve.

Introducing: The Cobalt Platform

Cobalt’s Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) platform aims to modernize the traditional penetration testing model by delivering programmatic, on-demand, manual penetration testing services for web, mobile, and desktop applications, APIs, internal and external networks. In as quick as 24 hours, Cobalt can begin penetration testing and delivering the people and process innovation required to drive better security.

“Organizations of every size and industry are seeking to improve their cybersecurity posture; however, access to frequent security testing has been beyond the scope of expertise and resources of most organizations. Cobalt’s flexible, tailored and integrated approach to on-demand, programmatic security testing is designed to meet the needs of both rigorous testing approaches and organizations that are just beginning their security testing initiatives.”

Interested in learning more about how Cobalt’s modernized Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) platform can provide value to your business security? Read more in the full Market Insight Report.

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Source: 451 Research, Coverage Initiation: Cobalt aims to modernize traditional penetration testing with its pentest-as-a-service model, June 2021, All Rights Reserved

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About Caroline Wong
Caroline Wong is an infosec community advocate who has authored two cybersecurity books including Security Metrics: A Beginner’s Guide and The PtaaS Book. When she isn’t hosting the Humans of Infosec podcast, speaking at dozens of infosec conferences each year, working on her LinkedIn Learning coursework, and of course evangelizing Pentesting as a Service for the masses or pushing for more women in tech, Caroline focuses on her role as Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt, a fully remote cybersecurity company with a mission to modernize traditional pentesting via a SaaS platform coupled with an exclusive community of vetted, highly skilled testers. More By Caroline Wong