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Penetration Testing Vs. Vulnerability Scanning: What’s the difference?

In today’s technology-filled world we always hear about device security and hackers that infiltrate big corporate companies. It’s more common than most people see and we need to protect ourselves and our companies’ assets. Cyber Security should be taken seriously, so below we will review the two most common ways of finding out if your company is vulnerable.

Pen-testing and vulnerability scanning are often used interchangeably, but they are very different. They do have some similarities; they are both used to detect vulnerabilities in your network, for example. But they each serves a specific purpose in the world of Cyber Security.

Pen -Testing

Penetration testing is usually a manual process and often done by a Cyber Security professional. The expert will usually know the inner working of your network and perform attacks acting as a bad threat actor. If they know a device is vulnerable they will try to exploit that vulnerability to gain access to other devices on your network and see how far they can go,  and calculate how much damage could have been done, during an actual attack.

Vulnerability Scanning

Vulnerability scanning is usually an automated process which will scan the outside of your network for open ports and vulnerabilities. You can also scan the inside of your network for vulnerabilities on all devices. After the scan is complete you will receive a report with all the devices, vulnerabilities, and CVE numbers relating to those vulnerabilities. Some will even go as far as to tell you how to fix the vulnerability.

A Best Defense is a Dual Approach

Overall pen-testing and vulnerability scanning play an important role in keeping your network safe. Performing both regularly will ensure your network is protected from known vulnerabilities and prevent bad actors from gaining access to your network and possibly confidential data.

Contact Beringer Today!

Interested in running Pen-testing or Vulnerability Scanning against your business network? Reach out to Beringer Technology Group today. We can help evaluate your current cybersecurity posture with our Cyber Security Risk Assessment Solution, and implement the right security solutions for your organization.

Beringer Technology Group, a leading Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics 365 and CRM for Distribution also provides expert Managed IT ServicesBackup and Disaster RecoveryCloud Based Computing, Email Security Implementation and Training,  Unified Communication Solutions, and Cybersecurity Risk Assessment.