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This week we’re talking about everybody’s favorite topic: REPORT WRITING! Yay! The peasants rejoice! In the last few months I’ve seen a lot of reports from other companies, and here are a few key problems I see with them:
- Too long – overall these things are waaAAaAaaAayyyYYYYYYyyy too long. I see reports where the analyst has copied and pasted an entire Nessus report into the main report. Yikes. That makes these things weigh in at hundreds(!) of pages.
- Too techie – these reports look like their written from one techie to another. Nothing wrong with that, really, however in many cases the key person that needs to "get it" is a manager or C-level position who needs to understand the risks in plain English.
- No narrative – the reports are just a long laundry list of vulnerabilities without any context of how the pentest was conducted or which vulns should be fixed first.
- Weak remediation – most of the findings are accompanied by whatever remediation instructions are provided by the vuln-scanner or other tool. We can do better than this!
How? Listen to today’s episode :-).
Oh, and don’t forget to come to the next 7MS User Group meeting on Monday, April 22! Details here!