What is the difference between a Penetration Test and a vulnerability scan?

What is the difference between a Penetration Test and a vulnerability scan?

A penetration test includes a number of vulnerability scans.

Those different scans will highlight different issues with the hardware and software installed in the organization. Those scans show what maybe an issue with the organisation.

If your organisation received a report that said that these vulnerability have been discovered but have not shown that they can be exploited then you are getting a raw deal and you are wasting your money.

A vulnerability scan will highlight issues, a penetration test will show if the bad guys can access your system and steal anything.

Why does my company need to do a penetration test?

Why does my company need to do a penetration test?

The business world revolves around digital requirements. There is always a new system available, the next shiny thing, that is going to make the organisation more nimble, safer, more secure and any other marketing or sales hype.

Each of those system relies on technology and technology has flaws. Those flaws can drastically impact a businesses viability. It can also have a detrimental impact on cash flow, revenue and reputation.

A penetration test is designed to find those vulnerabilities before they are exploited by the digital bad guys and mitigate the risks of it happening.