Gartner Research

Threat-Oriented Approaches to Test Security in Production

Published: 17 May 2018

ID: G00349153

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros , Anton Chuvakin

Summary

Organizations purchase and deploy many security technologies and make complex security architecture decisions. Technical professionals focused on security must understand the options available to test security and obtain evidence of the performance and effectiveness of the implemented controls.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • What Is Security Testing?
  • Security Tests Covered in This Research
  • Test Objectives and the Value of Testing
  • How to Test?
    • Testing Methods
    • Selecting Your Testing Methods
  • Defining the Test Scope
    • Define Testing Scope Components
  • Who Should Conduct the Tests?
    • Who Can Do It?
    • Who Will Do It?
  • Dealing With Results
    • Risk Management and Testing Results
    • Increasing Environment Awareness and Contextualization
    • Training Defense Teams
  • Testing Challenges
    • Selecting the Wrong Test
    • Resistance to Test
    • Findings Overload
    • Findings Believability
    • Lack of Pressure to Move Beyond Mandated Tests and Paper Assessments
    • Some Tests Cause Damage
    • Potential Negligence Risk

Conclusion

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