Pentesting vs. Vulnerability Scanning: How to Tell the Difference and Which One You Need

When it comes to Continuous security for your business, you have a few options; you can hire an in-house team, outsource to a third party, or use a combination of both. Many businesses choose to outsource Continuous security services because it’s more cost effective and allows them to focus on their core competencies. But what happens when you don’t know the difference between pentesting and vulnerability scanning? You might purchase the wrong service, and that could be costly for your business. In this blog post, we will explain the difference between pentesting and vulnerability scanning so you can make an informed decision about which service you need.

Penetration testing is a form of ethical hacking that is used to identify security vulnerabilities in a system. Penetration testers, also known as pentesters, use the same tools and techniques as hackers, but their goal is to help the organization fix the identified security issues. Pentesting can be conducted manually or with automated tools.

Vulnerability scanning is a type of security assessment that uses automated tools to scan for weaknesses in a system. Vulnerability scanners can identify missing patches, misconfigurations, and other susceptibilities. Unlike penetration testing, vulnerability scanning does not attempt to exploit any identified vulnerabilities.

So, how do you know which service you need? If you’re not sure if your systems are vulnerable to attack, then you need vulnerability scanning. Vulnerability scanning will give you a good overview of your system’s weaknesses so you can patch them up and make your system more secure. If you want to know if your system can be successfully attacked, then you need penetration testing. Penetration testing simulates an attack on your system to identify any vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a hacker.

Hopefully this blog post has helped you understand the difference between pentesting and vulnerability scanning. If you’re still not sure which service you need, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you secure your business.