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Discover how Cobalt's PtaaS platform can benefit your business.

Save money
& time while
improving security

Legacy penetration testing doesn’t integrate into a modern secure development cycle.
Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) solves this problem and more.

The PtaaS Book

PtaaS or Pentest as a Service offers developers and security professionals relief from the traditionally long process tangled with PDF files, closed-loop systems and results that don’t integrate into other tools.

Regardless of why you need pentesting — for compliance, customer’s requests, or simply to operate more securely — PtaaS platforms offer a modern and cost-savings avenue for businesses to pursue.
Download The PtaaS Book for the ultimate guide on questions such as:
  • What is Pentest as a Service? (What isn’t Pentest as a Service?)
  • What sets PtaaS apart from old-school, traditional models?
  • How does PtaaS improve your security posture?
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Key takeaways from The PtaaS Book

Automate admin and preparation tasks related to pentesting to open up resources for increased security coverage.
Integrations enable security teams, developers and pentesters to collaborate, share hypotheses, ask questions, and focus their attention on what matters.
A cloud platform extends the value of your pentest data, opening the door for long-term analytics and information re-use when setting up new tests.
Make pentesting agile to support DevOps sprints without slowing down critical releases. For DevSecOps, streamline security test workflows and enable native integrations to external tools such as Jira or GitHub.

What is PtaaS?

Pentest as a Service defined

Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) combines manual, human testing with a modern delivery platform to deploy ongoing pentest programs. To truly understand the benefits of a PtaaS platform, you have to experience it for yourself and see the innovative delivery model in action.

Continuous pentesting: PtaaS platform benefits

PtaaS platform benefits range widely but boil down to clear savings on both time and money. Customers leveraging this intuitive SaaS platform benefit from real-time integrations, results, and more dynamic reports than static PDF files sent through email.

Furthermore, SaaS pricing options coupled with the ingenuity of human testing help bring more value to customers than traditional penetration testing solutions. With a PtaaS model, customers will find their testing efforts easier to scale, all while being more efficient. Finally, the pentesting data generated over time helps security leaders find ways to optimize their security programs in ways that could otherwise be easily overlooked.

For a discussion of
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how they can be used:

Cloud Testing
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A PtaaS platform doesn’t require testers to come on location. Instead, companies use the digitally empowered platform to test software and hardware with Cobalt's Penetration Testing Services.

Real-Time Integration & Results
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Integrate with Jira and GitHub or use the Cobalt API to send your pentest results directly to your developer teams. PtaaS customers benefit from detailed findings and recommended fixes so their teams can remediate risks smarter and make security stronger.

SaaS Pricing, Through Testing
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Businesses shouldn’t have to choose between competitive pricing and real human testers. There are many drawbacks to both traditional pentesting and modern scanning solutions. Don’t be fooled by the convenience of security scanners when they simply can’t register all exploits such as multi-chain exploits or business logic flaws.

Scalable & Efficient
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PtaaS offers a scalable way to launch a new pentest. With a pool of highly vetted-pentesters, companies can start their test in as little as 24 hours. Since the platform retains data like asset descriptions, graphs, and test objectives, it’s easy to reuse assets for the next test. The unique SaaS approach to pentesting offers customers a scalable solution no matter how big their testing needs.

Pentest Data & Report Delivery
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PtaaS brings data front and center, alongside digital report delivery. Businesses can actively monitor their tests’ results over longer periods of time to identify trends, root causes, and opportunities for improvement. Furthermore, customize a variety of report templates, including a customer letter and an attestation, to best suit your exact needs.

Cloud Testing

A PtaaS platform doesn’t require testers to come on location. Instead, companies use the digitally empowered platform to test software and hardware with Cobalt's Penetration Testing Services.

PtaaS-platform-get-started
Real-Time Integration & Results

Integrate with Jira and GitHub or use the Cobalt API to send your pentest results directly to your developer teams. PtaaS customers benefit from detailed findings and recommended fixes so their teams can remediate risks smarter and make security stronger.

PtaaS-platform-vulnerability-findings-overview
SaaS Pricing, Through Testing

Businesses shouldn’t have to choose between competitive pricing and real human testers. There are many drawbacks to both traditional pentesting and modern scanning solutions. Don’t be fooled by the convenience of security scanners when they simply can’t register all exploits such as multi-chain exploits or business logic flaws.

PtaaS-platform-coverage-checklist
Scalable & Efficient

PtaaS offers a scalable way to launch a new pentest. With a pool of highly vetted-pentesters, companies can start their test in as little as 24 hours. Since the platform retains data like asset descriptions, graphs, and test objectives, it’s easy to reuse assets for the next test. The unique SaaS approach to pentesting offers customers a scalable solution no matter how big their testing needs.

PtaaS-platform-vulnerability-findings
Pentest Data & Report Delivery

PtaaS brings data front and center, alongside digital report delivery. Businesses can actively monitor their tests’ results over longer periods of time to identify trends, root causes, and opportunities for improvement. Furthermore, customize a variety of report templates, including a customer letter and an attestation, to best suit your exact needs.

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Pentest as a Service lifecycle

PtaaS benefits for each step of the process

Whether you’re looking to pentest to meet compliance needs, improve customer trust, or strengthen the security posture of your applications and software, Cobalt’s modern PtaaS solution can help.

Speed

Launch a pentest in days, not weeks, with our intuitive SaaS platform and team of on-demand security experts

Validation

Close the remediation loop by submitting your fixed findings for unlimited free retesting

Collaboration

Accelerate find-to-fix cycles through
real-time collaboration with pentesters

Progress

Mature your security program through a scalable, data-driven approach to pentesting

Who benefits from PtaaS

Developers
Developers will love the native integrations and direct communication with testers. Read more about PtaaS benefits for developers.
Executives
Supercharge your budget negotiations using the more cost-efficient solution for your pentests. Executives will also love the added insights from its intuitive dashboards.
InfoSec
Between legacy data, direct communication with testers, and ease of use, security professionals will be thrilled with the added benefits from a PtaaS platform.
Company
PtaaS offers more than just convenience — save money too! Learn more about the cost-savings with insights from the ROI of Modern Pentesting.
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Tushar Chandgothia
Information security and risk Management
“When we first went with Cobalt it was purely for PCI requirements, but we were looking to scale our program and pentest on a more continuous basis. Cobalt gave us the ability to pentest on a frequent basis with minimum effort from our teams. Saving us time and providing us quality results on a consistent basis.”
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Henning Christiansen
Chief Information Security Officer, Axel Springer
“Part of protecting information, part of protecting data is to show that you're regularly checking whether there are any security issues. And this model that we have set up with Cobalt, the continuous security monitoring, helps a lot.”
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Chuck Kesler
Chief Information Security Officer, Pendo
“I looked at the numbers for Cobalt and thought, ‘If they're able to deliver what they're saying at this cost, it's close to twice the value I would expect from a traditional pentest.’ And it turned out that way.”

Pentest program:
Introducing the pentest maturity model

Planning
and workflows

Collaboration

Collection and
Dissemination
of Information

Alignment

Level 1

Ad Hoc
  • Reactive
  • Unstructured
  • Multiple methodologies and tools

  • Haphhazard
  • No ground rules
  • Multiple media
  • Manual collection and dissemination
  • Spreadsheets and document
  • Responding to "squeaky wheels"

Level 2

Structured
  • Categorize assets
  • Regularly test critical assets
  • Limited flexibility
  • "Preferred" methodologies and tools
  • Ground rules for communications and tasks

  • Online team collaboration tools
  • Standards for collecting data and structuring findings
  • Processes still manual
  • Teams start to set priorities jointly
  • Systems not integrated

Level 3

Automated
  • Processes automated
  • More frequent testing and wider coverage
  • Flexibility for unexpected requests
  • Clear responsibilities for tasks
  • Standard team collaboration tool
  • Collection and dissemination of information automated
  • Information and findings maintained centrally
  • Data and analysis guide priorities

Level 4

Strategic
  • Processes structured and automated
  • Flexibility and fast response
  • Continuous improvement
  • High levels of collaboration
  • Joint problem-solving
  • Automated processes
  • Itegration with related systems
  • Short tests support DevOps
  • Analytics guides decisions
  • Pentesting aligned with enterprise priorities

Pentesting at the Speed of Your SDLC

Check out Cobalt's new offering, Agile Pentesting! With Agile Pentesting, you can conduct a pentest that has a targeted scope focused on a specific area of an asset, or a specific vulnerability across an asset. Agile Pentesting is flexible in nature, and aligns pentesting to DevSecOps workflows in a way that's friction-free.

FAQ

What’s included in Cobalt’s PtaaS offering?

Cobalt offers expansive pentesting services with increased speed, a collaborative environment, integrations to speed up remediation, and complimentary retesting. Cobalt buckets pentests into two offerings: Comprehensive Pentesting and Agile Pentesting.

Comprehensive Pentesting encompasses all vulnerability categories across an asset. Primary use cases include compliance testing, customer requests, and M&A due diligence.

Agile Pentesting has a targeted scope focused on a specific piece of an asset or a specific vulnerability across an asset. Primary use cases include new release testing, delta testing, exploitable vulnerability testing, single OWASP category testing, and microservice testing.

Read more about the key benefits of PtaaS.

What’s the difference between PtaaS, security scanners, & traditional penetration testing?

PtaaS brings together some of the best attributes of both security scanners while still leveraging human testers to investigate business logic. Learn more about the difference between traditional pentesting, security scanners, & traditional pentesting here.

How soon can I start a pentest using Cobalt’s PtaaS platform?

Customers using the quality at speed offered by a PtaaS platform can start a test in as little as 24 hours, depending on scope of the test.

How much time is saved with report building when using a PtaaS platform compared to traditional pentesting?

77% of IT security professionals say they don’t receive any findings from pentesters until the final report, which takes an average of 7 weeks. With this, companies report a reduction in time-to-results by 50% compared to traditional consulting engagements.

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Download a free copy of The Buyer's Guide to Modern Pentesting

Cut through the noise and quickly find the right pentest vendor for you: one that will give you a detailed picture of where your security program is strong, where it can be improved, and how.

Customized pentest services

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Reach out to learn about a more customized pentest, from micro engagements to continuous testing. As one of the world’s leading security penetration testing companies, we offer services customized to your testing needs.