Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing

What Is Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing?

Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) are two types of vulnerability testing. The tests have different strengths and are often combined to achieve a more complete vulnerability analysis. In short, Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessments perform two different tasks, usually with different results, within the same area of focus.

Vulnerability assessment tools discover which vulnerabilities are present, but they do not differentiate between flaws that can be exploited to cause damage and those that cannot. Vulnerability scanners alert companies to the preexisting flaws in their code and where they are located. Penetration tests attempt to exploit the vulnerabilities in a system to determine whether unauthorized access or other malicious activity is possible and identify which flaws pose a threat to the application. Penetration tests find exploitable flaws and measure the severity of each. A penetration test is meant to show how damaging a flaw could be in a real attack rather than find every flaw in a system. Together, penetration testing and vulnerability assessment tools provide a detailed picture of the flaws that exist in an application and the risks associated with those flaws.

How do I know if my organization requires a Vulnerability Assessment?

The necessity of Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing is usually disregarded by organizations; on the contrary every organization is a potential target for hackers. This is clearly evident after recent ransom ware attacks. Take responsibility and make sure proper security initiatives are taken to protect your application. The best practice is to conduct a Vulnerability Assessment annually or after making substantial changes to your application.

Benefits of VAPT:

When it comes to security, VAPT offers excessive benefits to an organization, let’s look at a few of its benefits.

• Providing the organization a detailed view of potential threats faced by an application.
• Help the organization in identifying programming errors that leads to cyber attacks.
• Provide risk management
• Safeguards the business from loss of reputation and money
• Secures applications from internal and external attacks
• Protects the organizations data from malicious attacks

Vulnerability Assessment Testing Methods:

  • Active Testing – The tester introduces new test data and actively involves in the process of analyzing results.
  • Passive Testing – Here the tester will be monitoring the results without introducing the new test data or cases.
  • Network Testing – Here the tester will measure the current state of the network.
  • Distributed Testing – This type of testing is done for distributed applications. Basically, the applications that work with multiple clients.


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