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Jargon Buster Vulnerability Assessments vs Penetration Tests

What is the difference between a vulnerability assessment and a penetration test

Thom explains the difference between a Vulnerability Assessment & a Penetration Test

JUMPSEC cyber security expert Thom sheds some light on Vulnerability Assessments, Penetrations Tests and the differences between them.

Video transcript:

“Vulnerability assessments typically rely on vulnerability scanning tools to identify technical vulnerabilities making use of pre-configured test cases and signatures. A penetration test takes a contextual view of the target, combining many vulnerabilities and information sources in order to craft specific attacks with the goal of finding security weaknesses. Simply put a penetration test mimics a skilled attacker, whereas a vulnerability assessment provides a baseline against common known weaknesses.”