The penetration testing is causing great demand in the industry to follow up the vulnerabilities periodically through different testing methods. But there is a significant amount of confusion in the industry regarding the differences between vulnerability scanning and penetration testing. May be due to the reason that these two phrases are commonly interchanged. However, their meaning, and significant features are quite different.
While going through the vulnerability scanning, the process identifies and reports about the vulnerabilities but a penetration test is being performed to exploit the vulnerabilities and examine whether the unauthorized access or other malicious activity in the network is possible or not.
To know further, it is most essential to know about the penetrating test, its methods and advantages. Catch here some exciting information about the penetration testing services:-
A penetration testing basically includes network penetration testing and application security testing but not only the testing but also controls and processes around the networks and applications. The testing is performed from both outside the network trying to come in (external testing) and from inside the network going outside.
Now what tools are exactly needed for performing the penetration testing services?
Penetration Testing tools are used as a part of a penetration test to automate certain tasks, enhance the testing efficiency, and explore different issues/problems that might be difficult to discover using manual analysis techniques. There are basically two common penetration testing tools available like static analysis tools and dynamic analysis tools.The penetration testing companies may perform both dynamic and static code analysis to find the essential security vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may include malicious code as well as the absence of functionality that breach the security alignments. They can further determine whether sufficient encryption is employed or whether a piece of software contains any application through tough-coded user names or passwords. The experts have the best scanning approaches to bring the most accurate testing results to detect the malicious programs affecting the software and other related vulnerabilities.
The penetration testers may spend more time in analyzing and testing the security issues hindering your software or related projects.
Once the threats and vulnerabilities have been evaluated, and the risks are addressed by the testers, they work further on their eradication or removing programs. The risk identified may be small or big, i.e. easy or complex but the testing performed should be appropriate for the complexity and size of an organization. The site of testing and detection may include different locations like sensitive data, stored applications, processing or transmitting of data, all key network connections, and all key access points. Not only through the network level but the application environment too are detected best through this penetration testing in the organization. If detected, the dangers are cleaned until the unauthorized accesses are removed completely for safe and secured networking and software performances.
Author Bio – Neha is a information security expert in one of the best information security companies. She is working here since last 3 years and is in the security domain since over half a decade. When Neha is not busy testing, she pens down her knowledge with the online world.