Leaving security vulnerabilities unresolved and open for hackers to exploit can lead to severe monetary and reputation loss. Vulnerability Assessment is a non-intrusive approach that serves to produce a prioritised list of security vulnerabilities. The systematic approach of identifying, quantifying, and ranking security vulnerabilities enables organisation to select critical vulnerabilities to resolve based on their available resources. Without such assessments, there is a risk that IT infrastructure are not sufficiently secured. It is recommended that organisations should perform a vulnerability assessment on their IT infrastructure on a quarterly basis, and as well as to assess their applications on a yearly basis. Penetration testers would attempt to exploit identified security weaknesses to gain privileged access into the IT infrastructure and applications.
Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing
Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) | Redscan
Both are valuable tools that benefit any information security program and are integral components of a Threat and Vulnerability Management process. The two are often used interchangeably and incorrectly due to marketing hype and other influences which creates confusion and wasted resources for many enterprises. With that in mind, I'd like to clarify the distinctions between vulnerability assessments and penetration tests and hopefully eliminate some of the confusion. A vulnerability assessment is the process of identifying and quantifying known security vulnerabilities in an environment.
Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing (Pentesting)
Information Security is a constant race between searching for weaknesses to exploit and defenders working to secure them. New vulnerabilities — weaknesses that may be exploited by an attacker — are discovered every day. Vulnerabilities, including missing patches and misconfigured applications, expose weaknesses to attackers and open organizations to costly cyber-attacks. In order to secure their IT assets, organizations today must maintain an awareness of the vulnerabilities in their environment and respond quickly to mitigate potential threats.