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How to Create a Killer Pentest Report

A Practitioner’s Guide for Automating Powerful, High-Quality Reports

An effective pentest report is a critical tool for organizations to quickly identify and address security vulnerabilities. But creating an accurate, comprehensive report can be daunting — especially if it’s done manually.

What makes a powerful pentest report?

Pentest report success in 5 steps:

STEP 1: Prepare

Define the purpose and scope of your report and gather all the necessary data and findings in a structured manner.

STEP 3: Present
Data Effectively

Communicate vulnerabilities using non-technical language where appropriate for diverse audiences and support findings with evidence, such as screenshots, code snippets, and metrics.

STEP 5: Finalize

Review and proofread the report for quality assurance before delivering it.

STEP 2: Organize

Write an executive summary, introduce the methodology, present findings with risk assessment, provide recommendations, and document the validation steps.

STEP 4: Ensure
and Accuracy

Provide mitigation steps and impact assessment for decision-makers while also verifying accuracy, referencing sources, and offering an overview for non-technical stakeholders.

Why automate?

Key challenges and limitations of manual pentest reporting:


Potential for errors
and inconsistencies


Only 29% of organizations have automated most (75% or more) of their security testing. (2021 SANS survey)

Now, what if you could do all this in under 5 minutes?

An automated pentest reporting platform eliminates manual reporting challenges by:

Cutting reporting time in half

Eliminating tedious, manual tasks

Improving quality and consistency

Promoting better collaboration

Providing more time for hacking

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