Vulnerability Assessments & Penetration Testing Are Vital Parts of Network Security Protocol
Although many organizations conduct vulnerability testing (aka vulnerability assessments) and penetration testing as part of their organization’s security program, doing vulnerability assessments daily is actually a more proactive, yet unobtrusive, way to perform a background check on every server in the network.
Keeping close tabs with this kind of ‘regular health check’ ensures your network is in the best shape possible when it’s time for the rigors of your more in-depth quarterly, bi-annual and annual assessments. But vulnerability assessments and penetration testing (aka: ‘pentests’) are often mistakenly used interchangeably; however, the two functions are distinct and separate components of a security program.
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General Vulnerability Assessments Steps
Vulnerability Assessments & Penetration Testing Defined
Vulnerability assessments are the process of identifying and quantifying security vulnerabilities in an environment, giving your organization an in-depth evaluation of your information security posture, highlighting weaknesses, and offering the necessary mitigation procedures required to either eliminate those weaknesses or reduce them to an acceptable level of risk.
Penetration Testing (aka ‘penitents’) simulate the actions of an external and/or internal cyber-attack intended to breach the information security of the organization in order to identify potential exploits of critical systems and demonstrating potential methods for hackers to gain access to sensitive data.