Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) are valuable tools that help strengthen information security frameworks and are vital to any threat and vulnerability management process. Both perform two different tasks, usually with different results, within the same focus area. The tests vary in strengths and are often combined to achieve a complete vulnerability analysis.
Vulnerability Assessment (VA)
Vulnerability Assessment is an automated review of servers, systems and network devices to identify critical vulnerabilities that an attacker may be able to exploit. It is a surface-level assessment of your information security structure, indicating weaknesses and providing the appropriate mitigation procedures required to either eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable level of risk. Due to its low footprint, it can be carried out as often as every day.
Vulnerability Assessment deals with the question of “What are the issues on my network?”.
Penetration Testing (PT or PenTest)
A penetration test imitates the actions of an external or internal cyber attacker to identify various possible routes they could use to break into the network. The tester attempts to exploit critical systems and gain access to sensitive data by employing many tools and techniques to identify the potential damage and further internal compromise an attacker could carry.
Penetration Testing answers the question, “What can a motivated attacker do?”
Why do you need VAPT?
With cybercriminals employing increasingly advanced tools, tactics and procedures to breach networks, there’s an undeniable need to regularly test every organization’s cyber security framework to ensure top-notch protection.
VAPT helps protect organizations by providing visibility of security weaknesses and guidance to address them. VAPT is gaining significance among organizations wanting to achieve compliance with the up-and-coming standards of security.
Features and Benefits of VAPT
Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) provides companies with a more comprehensive evaluation than any single test alone. VAPT offers organisations a sweeping view of the threats facing its applications, enabling them to better protect their systems and data against malicious attacks. Vulnerabilities can be found in third-party vendors and internally made software applications, but most of these flaws are easily fixed once found. Using a VAPT provider enables security teams to focus on mitigating critical vulnerabilities while the VAPT provider continues to discover and classify vulnerabilities.
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