Penetration Test or Vulnerability Scan?

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Testing your cybersecurity can help you find holes in your security.  This is an important part of your security plan.  Many companies run both penetration tests and vulnerability scans, but what is the difference between the two, and do you need them both?

Penetration tests are when highly skilled cybersecurity professionals attempt to hack into an organization’s network.  This allows businesses to get an in depth look at what needs to be improved.  Companies normally perform these tests on an annual schedule.

Vulnerability scans are regular automated scans that test all of systems connected to your network and identify potential vulnerability issues.  Most organizations run vulnerability scans on a weekly basis so that they can better maintain the network.

Penetration tests allow companies to get a more thorough idea of where their biggest weak points are and what needs to be fixed.  However, it would be impossible to manually check every system.  That’s where regular vulnerability scans come in.  Since they are automated, companies don’t have to spend much time or money to test their system.

Combining both types of security tests is vital for detecting outdated software, security flaws, and other site vulnerabilities.  Keeping your security up to date greatly reduces your chance of falling victim to a cyberattack.

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