What is a vulnerability assessment?
A vulnerability assessment is a process that is used to define, identify, and classify the security weaknesses (vulnerabilities) in an IT environment or infrastructure.
What is the purpose of a vulnerability assessment?
The purpose of a vulnerability assessment is to provide an overview of the security risks to a network to be used as a guideline to mitigate those threats. A vulnerability assessment is a requirement for multiple compliance regulations, including PCI and HIPPA.
What is the difference between penetration testing and vulnerability assessment?
While both vulnerability assessment and penetration testing are looking for security gaps, they are different in one key aspect.
A vulnerability assessment identifies and prioritizes a network's security vulnerabilities. It is for organizations that know they have security issues and want to identify, prioritize, and mitigate them.
A penetration test, on the other hand, is intended for organizations who have achieved their security goals and want to test their security posture with a simulated attack. For example, the test goal could be to modify an internal record, or infiltrate a key database.
Key Benefits of a Vulnerability Assessment:
Administrators and users can feel confident that potential attackers will be unable to exploit vulnerabilities on their network. A Vulnerability Assessment can help organizations:
- Take a proactive approach to data breaches.
- Prevent content piracy.
- Create a baseline of security.
- Find and mitigate security gaps.
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