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The State of Pentesting 2022

Benchmark your application security against stats from over 2,300 pentests.

Development Teams
Understand security
  • Detailed breakdowns of the most common flaws in 2021, with notes on how to fix and prevent them in future code.
Lacking manpower
  • The numbers behind feature launch delays, why code quality is at risk, and why devs are pushed to de-prioritize security.
Security Teams
Address vulnerabilities
  • Stats on the most prevalent vulnerabilities, how teams manage risk, and what gets fixed.
Focus on talent
  • The numbers on how talent shortages weaken security and how teams can respond.
Development Teams
Understand security
  • Detailed breakdowns of the most common flaws in 2021, with notes on how to fix and prevent them in future code.
Lacking manpower
  • The numbers behind feature launch delays, why code quality is at risk, and why devs are pushed to de-prioritize security.
Security Teams
Address vulnerabilities
  • Stats on the most prevalent vulnerabilities, how teams manage risk, and what gets fixed.
Focus on talent
  • The numbers on how talent shortages weaken security and how teams can respond.

Top findings for 2021

Risk distribution

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Risk Level: Informational

Notes vulnerabilities of minimal risk to your business.

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Risk Level: Low

Specifies common vulnerabilities with minimal impact on their own, but dangerous if successfully chained.

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Risk Level: Medium

Vulnerabilities that are
“Medium risk <> Medium impact,” “Low risk <> High impact,” or “High risk <> Low impact.”

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Risk Level: High

Impacts the security of your application platform/hardware, including supporting systems. Includes high probability vulnerabilities with a high business impact.

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Risk Level: Critical

Includes vulnerabilities such as administrative access, remote code execution, financial theft, and more.

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Risk Level: Informational

Notes vulnerabilities of minimal risk to your business.

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Risk Level: Low

Specifies common vulnerabilities with minimal impact on their own, but dangerous if successfully chained.

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Risk Level: Medium

Vulnerabilities that are “Medium ri sk <> Medium impact,” “Low risk <> High impact,” or “High risk <> Low impact.”

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Risk Level: High

Impacts the security of your application platform/hardware, including supporting systems. Includes high probability vulnerabilities with a high business impact.

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Risk Level: Critical

Includes vulnerabilities such as administrative access, remote code execution, financial theft, and more.

Security teams

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Is your security team dealing with talent shortages?

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Is it harder to monitor for vulnerabilities?

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Is it harder to monitor for and respond to detected incidents?

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Do critical vulnerabilities get patched more slowly?

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QUESTION:

Do these challenges make you want to leave your job?

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QUESTION:

Is your security team dealing with talent shortages?

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Is it harder to monitor for vulnerabilities?

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Is it harder to monitor for and respond to detected incidents?

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Do critical vulnerabilities get patched more slowly?

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QUESTION:

Do these challenges make you want to leave your job?


Development teams

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QUESTION:

Is your development team dealing with talent shortages?

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Are talent shortages keeping you from adhering to code quality standards?

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Are you struggling to meet critical feature launch deadlines?

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QUESTION:

Do talent shortages compromise the security of your code?

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QUESTION:

Do these challenges make you want to leave your job?

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QUESTION:

Is your development team dealing with talent shortages?

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QUESTION:

Are talent shortages keeping you from adhering to code quality standards?

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QUESTION:

Are you struggling to meet critical feature launch deadlines?

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QUESTION:

Do talent shortages compromise the security of your code?

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QUESTION:

Do these challenges make you want to leave your job?

Download the report for the full picture

What you’ll learn

  • Technical breakdowns on how to find, fix, and prevent common security flaws
  • How teams handle vulnerabilities with different risk levels
  • The biggest talent gaps in security and development and their impact
  • What teams can do to nurture and retain their talent
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