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The Buzz about PtaaS: Analysts Weigh In

With Pentesting as a Service (PtaaS), businesses are discovering how to modernize traditional pentesting — and the analyst community has taken note.

Reports from Gartner and 451 highlight innovation in modern pentesting.

As cybercrime continues to make headlines, modern businesses are still on the lookout for ways to maintain speed without sacrificing security. With Pentesting as a Service (PtaaS), businesses are discovering how to modernize traditional pentesting — and the analyst community has taken note, based on recent research from Gartner and 451.

Cobalt’s Pentest as a Service model delivers programmatic, on-demand, manual penetration testing services for web, mobile, and desktop applications, APIs, internal and external networks. In as little as 24 hours, Cobalt can kick off a pentest. This PtaaS solution drives:


Testing is on-demand, beginning vulnerability findings in as short as 24 hours.


Teams collaborate in real-time to deliver key descriptive findings.


Customizable reports and analytics provide details on aggregated risk, vulnerability severity, and distribution across assets.

Our PtaaS platform, coupled with our exclusive community of pentesters, is a powerhouse combo that has helped define the PtaaS movement.

Cybersecurity analysts are heralding PtaaS as a key market driver.

In its Hype Cycle for Security Operations 2021, Gartner hones in on how PtaaS has the potential to drive stronger ROI and mentions Cobalt among its list of representative vendors in the space.

The recent Market Insight Report from 451 Research is another sterling example of how analysts are catching on to PtaaS. Data from 451 Research’s recent Voice of the Enterprise: DevOps, Organizational Dynamics survey shows organizations are finding that traditional pentesting often doesn’t deliver the outcomes needed for rapid development cycles. With traditional pentesting not stacking up to a modernized PtaaS approach, Cobalt’s platform enables security teams to review vulnerabilities in an efficient, transparent, and detailed manner.

The future of PtaaS

So, what does this mean for your organization? PtaaS is gaining momentum and recognition as a crucial practice for long-term success.

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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
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