A Vulnerability Assessment (VA) provides an organization with information on the security weaknesses in its environment and provides direction on how to assess the risks associated with those weaknesses and evolving threats. This process offers the organization a better understanding of its assets, security flaws and overall risk, reducing the likelihood that a cybercriminal will breach its systems and catch the business off guard.
Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing are part of a same process to evaluate your exposure to cyber attacks. Based on our recommendations, you know what to do to mitigate your risks.
Penetration testing, also called pentesting or ethical hacking, is the practice of testing a computer system, network or web application to find security vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit. Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing can be automated with software applications or performed manually. Either way, the process involves gathering information about the target before the test, identifying possible entry points, attempting to break in — either virtually or for real — and reporting back the findings.
A penetration test can also highlight weaknesses in a company’s security policies. For instance, although a security policy focuses on preventing and detecting an attack on an enterprise’s systems, that policy may not include a process to expel a hacker.
The reports generated by a penetration test provide the feedback needed for an organization to prioritize the investments it plans to make in its security.