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Penetration Testing

25.08.20 06:50 PM Comment(s) By BURAK GUCER

Vulnerability scanning and penetration testing are different. 

Some people mistakenly believe vulnerability scanning or antivirus scans are the same as a professional penetration test. Some companies even ‘penetration testing services’ when in fact, they only offer vulnerability scanning services. As a general rule, any ‘pen test’ that is listed for less than $4,000 is probably not a real penetration test.

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.
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