Automated Penetration Testing

Vulnerability scanning and penetration testing are both methods of assessing the security of a network or system, but they have some key differences. Vulnerability scanning is an automated process of identifying and assessing vulnerabilities in a network or system. It typically uses specialized software to scan for known vulnerabilities and check for compliance with security standards. The goal of vulnerability scanning is to identify and prioritize vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.

On the other hand, Penetration testing, also known as “pen testing,” is a simulated attack on a network or system to assess its security. It is a more comprehensive and hands-on approach than vulnerability scanning as it goes beyond identifying vulnerabilities and also tests the effectiveness of security controls and incident response procedures. Penetration testing is performed by ethical hackers (also known as “white hat” hackers) who use manual and automated techniques to attempt to exploit vulnerabilities and gain unauthorized access to the system.

Over the years, the gap between vulnerability scanning and penetration testing has been decreasing. This is because modern vulnerability scanning tools have become more advanced and include penetration testing capabilities. For example, many vulnerability scanners now include a feature called “vulnerability exploitation” that attempts to exploit a vulnerability to confirm its presence. This allows security professionals to quickly identify and prioritize vulnerabilities that are most critical to the organization.

Additionally, good-quality vulnerability scanning can elevate and speed up penetration testing. It can provide a comprehensive view of all the vulnerabilities present in a system and prioritize the most critical ones, allowing penetration testers to focus on the most critical vulnerabilities first, thereby increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the penetration testing process.

In summary, vulnerability scanning and penetration testing are two different but complementary methods of assessing the security of a network or system. Vulnerability scanning can identify and prioritize vulnerabilities, while penetration testing can confirm the presence of vulnerabilities and test the effectiveness of security controls. With the increasing capabilities of vulnerability scanners, the gap between the two is decreasing, and good-quality vulnerability scanning can elevate and speed up penetration testing.

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Cyber Tzar’s mission is to “Make Cyber Security Simple” so our automated cyber risk assessments return Cyber Security Scores that are accurate, reliable, predictable, and repeatable. Alongside the score, we provide an Impact Assessment Report, “top ten” issues, and Vulnerabilities Explained reports for the non-technical. For the technically minded, we offer detailed technical reporting of the issues uncovered and the pages impacted, with a description of the issue and advice on remediation.

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