Manual penetration tests are an excellent way to understand your organisation's security posture and improve it accordingly. Most companies perform an annual security audit and in some cases quarterly security audit as a primary defense against attackers.
Even though manual penetration tests come with its own merits, there's a gaping hole that's left unaddressed. What happens between these manual tests?
Continuous coverage is essential because there is a need to address security misconfigurations and critical new vulnerabilities as they arise or you are at the risk of being exposed. Due to the time gap in between manual penetration testing procedures you leave yourself riding on luck and hoping that a data breach or compromise doesn't occur.
A web application security testing tool can get you covered and alert you of new issues with continuous monitoring so that you can fix them quickly. Automated vulnerability assessment is a great way to complement manual penetration testing as they provide continuous security coverage in between manual tests.