There is a considerable amount of confusion in the industry regarding the differences between vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, as the two phrases are commonly interchanged. However, their meaning and implications are very different. A vulnerability assessment simply identifies and reports noted vulnerabilities, whereas a penetration test attempts to exploit the vulnerabilities to determine whether unauthorized access or other malicious activity is possible. Penetration testing typically includes network penetration testing and application security testing as well as controls and processes around the networks and applications, and should occur from both outside the network trying to come in (external testing) and from inside the network.
A penetration test helps determine whether an organization is vulnerable to a cyberattack, whether the defensive measures are sufficient, and which security measure failed the test. It shows the strengths and weaknesses of the organization's infrastructure at a given point of time. The process of penetration testing is not casual, it involves lot of planning, taking explicit permission from the management, and then initiating tests safely without obstructing regular work flow.
What are the types of pen tests?
Our testing follows methodologies outlined in the industry frameworks Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) and the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES).
Upon completion, your organization will receive a report of the findings from the penetration test. This information can then be used to implement security upgrades to plug up any vulnerabilities discovered during the test.