Vulnerability scanning and penetration testing are different.
An external vulnerability scan is an automated, affordable, high-level test that identifies known weaknesses in network structures. Some are able to identify more than 50,000 unique external weaknesses.
Here are the two biggest differences.
A vulnerability scan is automated, while a penetration test includes a live person actually digging into the complexities of your network.
- A vulnerability scan only identifies vulnerabilities,
- while a penetration tester digs deeper to identify, then attempt to exploit those vulnerabilities to gain access to secure systems or stored sensitive data.