Save money & time
while improving security

Legacy penetration testing doesn’t integrate into a modern secure development cycle.
Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) solves this problem and more.

The PtaaS Book

PtaaS or Pentest as a Service offers developers and security professionals relief from the traditionally long process tangled with PDF files, closed-loop systems and results that don’t integrate into other tools.

Regardless of why you need pentesting — for compliance, customer’s requests, or simply to operate more securely — PtaaS platforms offer a modern and cost-savings avenue for businesses to pursue.
Download The PtaaS Book for the ultimate guide on questions such as:
  • What is Pentest as a Service? (What isn’t Pentest as a Service?)
  • What sets PtaaS apart from old-school, traditional models?
  • How does PtaaS improve your security posture?

Key Takeaways
from The PtaaS Book

PtaaS can automate admin and prep tasks to free up resources for more coverage.
PtaaS features and integrations enable security teams, developers and pentesters to collaborate, share hypotheses, ask questions, and focus their attention in the right direction.
A cloud platform extends the value of your pentest data, opening the door for long-term analytics and information re-use when setting up new tests.
PtaaS makes pentesting agile enough to support DevOps sprints without slowing down critical releases. If DevSecOps is on your agenda, PtaaS can help by streamlining security workflows and enabling native integrations to external tools such as Jira or GitHub.

What is PtaaS?

Pentest as a Service Defined

Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) combines manual, human testing with a modern delivery platform to deploy ongoing pentest programs. To truly understand the benefits of a PtaaS platform, you have to experience it for yourself and see the innovative delivery model in action.

Continuous Pentesting: PtaaS Platform Benefits

PtaaS platform benefits range widely but boil down to clear savings on both time and money. Customers leveraging this intuitive SaaS platform benefit from real-time integrations, results, and more dynamic reports than static PDF files sent through email.

Furthermore, SaaS pricing options coupled with the ingenuity of human testing help bring more value to customers than traditional penetration testing solutions. With a PtaaS model, customers will find their testing efforts easier to scale, all while being more efficient. Finally, the pentesting data generated over time helps security leaders find ways to optimize their security programs in ways that could otherwise be easily overlooked.

For a discussion of
coverage checklists and
how they can be used:

Cloud Testing
Real-Time Integrations & Results
SaaS Pricing, Thorough Testing
Scalable & Efficient
Pentest Data & Report Delivery
PtaaS platform get started

A PtaaS platform doesn’t require testers to come on location. Instead, companies use the digitally empowered PtaaS platform to test software, hardware and security perimeter services.

PtaaS platform vulnerability findings overview

Integrate with Jira and GitHub or use the Cobalt API to send your pentest results directly to your developer teams. PtaaS customers benefit from detailed findings and recommended fixes so their teams can remediate risks smarter and make security stronger.

PtaaS platform coverage checklist

Businesses shouldn’t have to choose between competitive pricing and real human testers. There are many drawbacks to both traditional pentesting and modern scanning solutions. Don’t be fooled by the convenience of security scanners when they simply can’t register all exploits such as multi-chain exploits or business logic flaws.

PtaaS platform vulnerability findings

PtaaS offers a scalable way to launch a new pentest. With a pool of highly vetted-pentesters, companies can start their test in as little as 24 hours. Since the platform retains data like asset descriptions, graphs, and test objectives, it’s easy to reuse assets for the next test. The unique SaaS approach to pentesting offers customers a scalable solution no matter how big their testing needs.

PtaaS platform vulnerability risk findings

PtaaS brings data front and center, alongside digital report delivery. Businesses can actively monitor their tests’ results over longer periods of time to identify trends, root causes, and opportunities for improvement. Furthermore, customize a variety of report templates, including a customer letter and an attestation, to best suit your exact needs.

Pentest as a Service Lifecycle

PtaaS Benefits for Each Step of the Process

Whether you’re looking to pentest to meet compliance needs, improve customer trust, or strengthen the security posture of your applications and software, Cobalt’s modern PtaaS solution can help.


Launch a pentest in days, not weeks, with our intuitive SaaS platform and team of on-demand security experts


Close the remediation loop by submitting your fixed findings for unlimited free retesting


Accelerate find-to-fix cycles through
real-time collaboration with pentesters


Mature your security program through a scalable, data-driven approach to pentesting

Who Benefits from PtaaS


Developers will love the native integrations and direct communication with testers. Read more about PtaaS benefits for developers.


Supercharge your budget negotiations using the more cost-efficient solution for your pentests. Executives will also love the added insights from its intuitive dashboards.


Between legacy data, direct communication with testers, and ease of use, security professionals will be thrilled with the added benefits from a PtaaS platform.


PtaaS offers more than just convenience — save money too! Learn more about the cost-savings with insights from the ROI of Modern Pentesting.
Customer Spotlight

Pentest Program:
Introducing the Pentest Maturity Model

and workflows

and Alignment

Collection and
Sharing of

Level 1

Ad Hoc
  • No pentesting calendar
  • Planning marked by delays and scrambling
  • Inconsistent use of methodologies and tools

  • Little communication between security and DevOps
  • Findings sent to DevOps without context
  • Owners cannot be identified for fixes
  • Pentest findings scattered across PDF documents, emails, and messages
  • Reports of attestations generated manually for each stakeholder need

Level 2

  • Assets ranked by risk categories
  • Critical and regulated assets tested regularly
  • Some consistent methodologies and tools
  • Some communications between security and DevOps, but not structured or reportable
  • Shared understanding for finding and fixing issues
  • Owners of fixes are discoverable, but manually
  • Structured, consistent tracking of findings
  • Findings manually entered into issue tracking systems
  • Trend reports can be created manually

Level 3

  • Processes automated
  • More converage and higher frequency testing
  • Able to conduct the right test at the right time
  • Engagement between security and DevOps is consistent
  • Effective collaboration tools
  • Shared framework for prioritising fixes
  • Owners of fixes known and documented
  • Pentest findings easy to find
  • Findings automatically sent to issue tracking systems
  • Findings shared with security, DevOps, and execs
  • Reports for every stakeholder need

Level 4

  • Processes are structured and repeteable
  • Pentesting can be conducted on demand

  • Clear, consistent channels for collaboration
  • Security and DevOps have common, proactive approach to pentesting
  • DevOps accountability for managing fixes
  • Findings used consistently across security, DevOps, vulnerability management, GRC, and other systems
  • Integrations with third-party reporting and analitycs tools

Calculate Your Pentesting ROI

Use the pentesting ROI calculator to compare traditional pentesting services vs. Cobalt’s Pentesting as a Service (PtaaS). You will see results for cost and time savings, plus essential coverage-based pentesting calculations.


What’s included in Cobalt’s PtaaS offering?

Cobalt offers expansive pentesting services with increased speed of delivery, a collaborative environment, integrations to speed up remediation, and complimentary retesting.

Read more about the key benefits of Ptaas.

What’s the difference between PtaaS, security scanners, & traditional penetration testing?

PtaaS brings together some of the best attributes of both security scanners while still leveraging human testers to investigate business logic. Learn more about the difference between traditional pentesting, security scanners, & traditional pentesting here.

How soon can I start a pentest using Cobalt’s PtaaS platform?

Customers using the quality at speed offered by a PtaaS platform can start a test in as little as 24 hours, depending on scope of the test.

How much time is saved with report building when using a PtaaS platform compared to traditional pentesting?

77% of IT security professionals say they don’t receive any findings from pentesters until the final report, which takes an average of 7 weeks. With this, companies report a reduction in time-to-results by 50% compared to traditional consulting engagements.
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