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Penetration Testing Report: How to Maximise Security Benefits

For security leaders, the real challenge kicks in when you get your hands on a penetration testing report. Let’s face it, these reports can be a tough read – pages filled with vulnerabilities. But where do you begin? This blog is all about cutting through the clutter of those daunting lists and turning them into solid plans for ramping up your defences.

We’re diving into practical tips and straightforward strategies to help you not just fix issues, but really get the best out of every report from your penetration testing company, even before the testing wheels start turning.

1. Digging Deeper: Understanding the Wider Impact of Every Security Finding

When you receive a penetration testing report, it’s not just about fixing the issues listed; it’s about using each finding as a springboard for broader security improvements. Imagine you find a vulnerability in one part of your network or application. It’s like spotting a leak in one room of a house – it’s a sign you need to check the whole building.

Each finding in the report can be a clue pointing to similar issues elsewhere in your system that the test might not have covered. This approach is crucial for a thorough security overhaul.

Here’s why delving into each finding is vital for your penetration test findings:

By thoroughly examining each finding and considering its implications beyond the immediate context, you’re not just fixing individual issues – you’re strengthening your entire network and applications against future threats. This approach is key to making the most of your penetration testing results. 

2. Striking a Balance: Prioritising Remediations with an Eye on Severity, but Don’t Forget the Low Severity Ones

When prioritising vulnerabilities in your penetration testing results, focus on what’s most critical first, but don’t ignore the less urgent ones. This approach allows you to effectively allocate resources without overwhelming your team and disrupting their daily tasks.

Vulnerability prioritisation is your blueprint, helping you identify, and rank vulnerabilities based on their potential impact, exploitability, and other crucial factors.

Why is it important to remediate the low severity findings?

It’s not uncommon to experience delays between identifying and patching a security issue, and this lag can be more pronounced for lower severity findings. In fact, during yearly assessments from pen testing companies, you may notice some of the same findings as the previous year, especially when it comes to low-severity issues.

Now, here’s why less critical issues still matter:
  • Uncovering Hidden Dangers: Some low-severity issues can act as signposts for attackers, guiding them towards more severe vulnerabilities that may lurk beneath the surface.
  • Future Impact: What might seem minor today could become a major headache tomorrow, especially as your systems evolve and change.
  • Information Leakage: Default errors can unintentionally reveal internal file paths or the software versions you’re using. This can be like a map for attackers, making their job easier.
  • Speed Matters: The faster an attacker can identify your infrastructure and vulnerabilities, the more likely they are to mount an attack. Knowing your operating system and software versions can give hackers the hints they need to break in.
  • Quick Wins: Surprisingly, many low-severity issues can be fixed swiftly. For instance, adding a line to a configuration file might only take a few minutes. Considering even these seemingly minor issues in your remediation plan can significantly bolster your overall security stance.

3. Giving Testers the Right Details to Make the Most of Their Time

You know that every penetration test is a race against the clock, constrained by pre-defined rules and time limits. The key to making the most out of your penetration testing report lies in your preparation. By providing detailed information about your assets to the testers, you’re not just giving them data; you’re giving them time – time that can be better spent uncovering critical security issues rather than in basic reconnaissance.

The way you prepare for a penetration test really matters. If you provide the right information at the right time, you’re setting the stage for a successful test. This means the testers can use their time wisely, digging deeper into real security issues. The end result? You get a report that’s not just a list of problems, but a useful guide packed with clear, specific steps you can take to make your organisation safer from cyber-attacks.

4. Seek Valuable Feedback

The results of a CREST Penetration Testing assessment play a crucial role in strengthening your application or network’s security. But let’s be honest, sometimes understanding the report results can be tough, leaving you with more questions than answers.

Unlock the Power of Penetration Testing: Get Expert Support Today

If you have any questions or need assistance in translating your penetration testing findings into actionable security improvements, don’t hesitate to reach out to Equilibrium Security. We’re here to help you safeguard your business with our highly rated penetration testing in the UK. Call us on 0121 663 0055, or email

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About the author

Amelia Frizzell is a skilled Marketing Manager at Equilibrium Security, specialising in Cyber Security content writing. She blends her marketing expertise with Cyber Security insights to produce practical, informative content that educates your business and promotes security awareness/best practice.
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