Many insurance companies and compliance companies such as the FCA require penetration testing of your systems for potential weaknesses that could result from poor or improper configuration, known and unknown hardware or software flaws, or operational weaknesses in process or technical countermeasures.
Penetration test vs Vulnerability Assessment whats the difference?
- Attacker has no knowledge of your network.
- The purpose of penetration testing is to determine whether a detected vulnerability is genuine.
- If a pen tester manages to exploit a potentially vulnerable spot, he or she considers it genuine and reflects it in the report.
- The report can also show unexploited. vulnerabilities as theoretical findings.
- Varying levels of complexity can include phish attacks and malware on business systems
- Intrusive and can cause system downtime.
- Information is provided on IP addresses and what is in scope for the assessment.
- Vulnerability assessment intends to identify vulnerabilities in a network.
- The technique is used to estimate how susceptible the network is to different vulnerabilities.
- Vulnerability assessment involves the use of automated network security scanning tools,
- Results are then listed in the report.
- As findings reflected in a vulnerability assessment report are not backed by an attempt to exploit them, some of them may be false positives.