A vulnerability scan detects and classifies system weaknesses in computers, networks, and communications equipment. A penetration test, on the other hand, is the practice of testing a computer system, network or web application to identify insecure business processes, poor security settings, or other weaknesses that a hacker could exploit.
But what does your organisation need: A Penetration Test or Vulnerability scan? Here are a few factors to consider before choosing one:
- Aim: A vulnerability scan aims to scan existing infrastructure for system vulnerabilities, whereas a penetration test aims to explore how architecture vulnerabilities can be exploited.
- Scope: A vulnerability scan is wider in scope than a penetration test. Scope for a penetration test is limited and is typically narrower, more detailed and determined by areas in need of testing.
- Types of vulnerabilities: A vulnerability scan detects CVEs in an outdated system. A penetration test, however, goes one step further than just detecting CVEs and identifies exposure that cannot be detected by scanning tools.
- Cost and Time: Timeframe for a vulnerability scan is mostly function of size of a network. It can range from a few hours to a day depending on the size of the network. A penetration test can range from a few days to a few weeks and generally involves more commercial investment as it requires the skills of a highly experienced penetration tester.
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