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A vulnerability assessment simply identifies and reports noted vulnerabilities, whereas a penetration test (Pen Test) attempts to exploit the vulnerabilities to determine whether unauthorized access or other malicious activity is possible.
Vulnerability testing is a process that detects and classifies security loopholes (vulnerabilities) in the infrastructure.
For applications, this requires testing on the broad consensus about critical risks by organizations like The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and The Web Application Security Consortium (WASC). Vulnerability testing tools and vendors can also propose countermeasures to remove those vulnerabilities followed by a validation test to confirm that the security issues have been resolved.
Benefits of Vulnerability Assessments
People trusting you with their data want to know you’re able to protect it. In more and more industries, providing security assurance is a prerequisite for winning or retaining business. Failure to conduct network vulnerability assessments is becoming a major red flag. Whereas attestation of robust network security is a growing competitive advantage.
If you operate in a regulated industry and need to comply with PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) or HIPAA regulations among others, “rigorous vulnerability management practices” are basically mandated to maintain compliance. Network vulnerability assessment is also key to achieving and retaining cybersecurity certifications like ISO 27001.
Third Party Validation
Are the vendors you rely on for IT services like VoIP, backup, email, system administration, etc. helping or hurting your security posture? An independent network vulnerability assessment can be an excellent “cross-check” on third-party performance. It’s amazing how often we find network issues that directly relate to service providers failing to account for security; e.g., retaining default device passwords so the tech “always knows the password.”