Automated Penetration Testing

David Friede from Neo Cyber-security participates in Risk Roundup to discuss Automated Penetration Testing.


Cyber-security vulnerabilities are a growing global problem. As the security attacks grow rapidly in both frequency and sophistication in cyberspace, it poses a critical threat to individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA).

One of the biggest challenges in cyber-security today, is determining whether the tools and techniques we have in place, are giving us the level of security we need across NGIOA in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS). If we, that is individuals and entities across NGIOA are to protect our information in all formats, it’s important that we get informed about “security vulnerabilities” in our computer and network ecosystem. But how to do that?

Perhaps through penetration testing. There are many who believe that penetration testing, commonly known as pen-testing is perhaps an answer to the complex security vulnerabilities from cyberspace. It is therefore important that the security community evaluates penetration testing tools and understand:

  • What are the limitations of manual penetration testing tools?
  • What is automated penetration testing?
  • If there are automated tools available, is there a need for manual penetration test?
  • Why use automated testing?

The automated penetration testing plays an important role for the security community as these tools can quickly evaluate the security of systems, networks and applications against a wide variety of security threats in cyberspace and from cyberspace. It is time to take a closer look at automated penetration testing tools!

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About the Guest

David Friede from Neo Cybersecurity is passionate about network security and believes that cybercrime will become one of the most important issues facing our increasingly interconnected societies. Hacking is modern warfare, with millions of people affected. Companies need to make security a priority and direct resources to counteract this new brand of terrorism.
His organization, Neo Cyber Security believes that thorough and frequent penetration testing is the only way to truly deter cyber criminals. Neo offers a free VM tool for clients and managed service providers to perform a simulated hacking event on their networks as often as they desire and address vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared risks” facing nations in a “Global Age”. She believes that cyberspace cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As cyber-security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched “cyber-security risk research center” that will merge the boundaries of “geo-security, cyber-security and space-security”.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

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About Risk Group
Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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