Test Strategy in Test Engineering Manager Toolkit (Publication Date: 2024/02)


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  • How has the increase in compliance regulation/mandates affected your pen testing strategy or priorities?
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  • How should your organization allocate its resources among existing businesses?
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    Test Strategy Assessment Manager Toolkit – Utilization, Solutions, Advantages, BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal):

    Test Strategy

    Increased focus on identifying and mitigating compliance risks, prioritizing testing efforts based on regulatory requirements and potential impact on the organization′s reputation and financial standing.

    – Implement regular penetration testing to ensure compliance and identify potential vulnerabilities. (Ensures compliance and identifies weaknesses)
    – Increase focus on security measures such as encryption and multi-factor authentication. (Increases protection against compliance violations)
    – Incorporate compliance requirements into the test strategy and prioritize accordingly. (Ensures compliance while efficiently allocating resources)
    – Collaborate with compliance and legal teams to align on testing scope and objectives. (Ensures coverage of all necessary compliance areas)
    – Utilize automation tools to streamline and speed up testing processes. (Maximizes efficiency and minimizes human error)
    – Monitor and track changes in compliance regulations to adapt the test strategy as needed. (Ensures ongoing compliance with current regulations)

    CONTROL QUESTION: How has the increase in compliance regulation/mandates affected the pen testing strategy or priorities?

    Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for 10 years from now:

    By 2031, our company′s test strategy for compliance-related matters will have reached a level of efficiency and sophistication that is unmatched in the industry. Building upon our current foundations, we will have developed a highly refined and proactive approach to incorporating legal and regulatory requirements into our testing processes. Our top-of-the-line team of experts will work closely with our clients to stay ahead of emerging compliance regulations and mandates, ensuring that our pen testing strategies are always in line with the most updated standards.

    The increase in compliance regulation/mandates will no longer be seen as a burden or obstacle, but instead, it will be fully integrated into our pen testing priorities. Our team will have a deep understanding of the various compliance requirements and will have developed specialized tools and techniques to address them effectively. Our pen tests will go beyond simply identifying vulnerabilities, they will also provide actionable recommendations for regulatory compliance in areas such as data privacy, security, and risk management.

    Furthermore, our success in implementing comprehensive and compliant testing strategies will have led to significant growth and recognition within the industry. We will have become the go-to source for organizations looking to ensure their systems and networks are in alignment with compliance standards. Our cutting-edge technology and robust methodologies will have set new benchmarks in the industry, ultimately making our company the leader and trendsetter in compliance-driven pen testing.

    In summary, our goal is to continuously evolve and adapt our pen testing strategy to stay ahead of the curve in a constantly changing regulatory environment. By doing so, we aim to provide our clients with the utmost confidence and assurance that their systems and networks are fully compliant and secure.

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    Test Strategy Case Study/Use Case example – How to use:

    Client Situation:

    The client, a large financial institution, operates in a heavily regulated industry and is subject to numerous compliance regulations, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). As a result, the client faces strict penalties for non-compliance, making it critical to maintain a strong security posture. The client’s pen testing strategy has historically focused on identifying and remediating vulnerabilities and improving overall security posture. However, with an increase in compliance regulations and mandates, the client must now consider how these new requirements will impact their pen testing strategy and priorities.

    Consulting Methodology:

    Our consulting team conducted a comprehensive review of the client’s current pen testing practices and identified potential areas of change due to the increasing compliance regulations. The team also conducted interviews with key stakeholders, including the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and compliance officers, to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of compliance regulations on the pen testing strategy.


    1. Compliance Gap Analysis: A detailed report outlining the gaps between the client’s current pen testing practices and the new compliance regulations and mandates.

    2. Updated Pen Testing Strategy: Based on the findings of the compliance gap analysis, our consulting team developed an updated pen testing strategy that aligns with the new compliance requirements.

    3. Prioritization Plan: A prioritized plan for conducting pen tests to ensure that critical assets and systems are addressed first, based on their risk level and the compliance requirements they fall under.

    4. Executive Summary: A summary of the project deliverables and key recommendations to be presented to senior management.

    Implementation Challenges:

    The primary challenge faced during the implementation of the new pen testing strategy was ensuring that all relevant parties were involved and aligned with the changes. This involved engaging with IT, compliance, and business units to communicate the new priorities, explain the importance of compliance, and obtain their buy-in for the changes. Additionally, the team faced challenges in identifying and addressing gaps between the client’s existing security controls and the new compliance requirements.


    1. Compliance Status: A key performance indicator (KPI) was measuring the client’s compliance status before and after the implementation of the new pen testing strategy.

    2. Vulnerability Management: The number of vulnerabilities identified through pen testing and the percentage of those vulnerabilities remediated were tracked to measure the effectiveness of the new strategy.

    3. Audit Findings: The number of audit findings related to compliance and the severity of those findings were also tracked to assess the impact of the new strategy on the client’s regulatory compliance.

    Management Considerations:

    The implementation of the new pen testing strategy also required management to consider the overall cost implications, as well as the potential impact on business operations. To mitigate these concerns, our consulting team worked with management to identify cost-effective solutions and prioritize test schedules to avoid any disruptions to critical business processes.


    1. According to a whitepaper published by Dell Secureworks, organizations in highly regulated industries are now facing significant pressure to comply with a growing number of regulations, leading to an increase in the complexity of pen testing strategies. [1]

    2. A business journal article published by the Journal of Computer Science and Technology highlights that compliance requirements can have a significant impact on the priority of security activities, including pen testing. [2]

    3. A market research report conducted by Grand View Research predicts that compliance mandates will continue to be a critical driver for increased adoption of pen testing services, particularly in industries such as finance and healthcare. [3]


    In conclusion, the increase in compliance regulations and mandates has had a significant impact on the pen testing strategy and priorities for our client. By conducting a thorough review of their current practices and developing an updated strategy that aligns with the new compliance requirements, our consulting team has helped the client strengthen their security posture and maintain compliance, reducing the risk of penalties and reputational damage. In an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, it is essential for organizations to constantly review and update their pen testing strategies to effectively mitigate new risks and maintain compliance.


    1. Dell Secureworks. (n.d.). Penetration Testing: Comparison, Benefits, and Best Practices. Retrieved from https://www.secureworks.com/rs/docs/dsc-ps-pen-testing-comparison-benefits-and-best-practices.pdf

    2. Salloum, S., & Sandhu, R. (2006). Compliance Regulatory Requirements and Their Impact on Security Activities. Journal of Computer Science and Technology, 6(1), 12-18.

    3. Grand View Research. (2020). Penetration Testing Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Services (Web Application, Mobile Application), By Vertical (Government, BFSI), By Organization Size, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 – 2027. Retrieved from https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/penetration-testing-market

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