What is Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing (VAPT)?
VAPT, also known as Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing, are both types of security assessment services designed to identify and address cyber security threats and exposures across businesses’ IT infrastructures.
In general, VAPT is a combined security test designed to mitigate the cybersecurity risk in addition to exploiting vulnerabilities within organizations’ IT estate.
What are the differences between Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing?
Vulnerability assessment is the process of scanning and identifying security vulnerabilities or weaknesses in computer systems and networks. The assessment recommends appropriate mitigation procedures that can eliminate or minimize the vulnerabilities found within the system.
In contrast, penetration testing is the process of simulating a hacker’s attempt to exploit the weaknesses within the system. By the use of many pentest tools and techniques, the penetration tester attempts to exploit all critical systems and attempt gain access to business-sensitive data. Using methods such as password-cracking, SQL injections, and buffer overflow, the penetration tester will attempt to compromise and extract sensitive data from business IT systems or networks in a non-damaging way just to prove that they can be exploited.
Why does your business need Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing?
A regular VAPT will help the business establish strong network security and will prevent possible cyber attacks while mitigating damages from foreign invaders.
A VAPT can provide your business with a detailed report on how your network and data might be compromised as well as vulnerabilities within the system that can/may be exploited.
Technology is rapidly evolving for consumers, businesses, as well as hackers that may try to exploit vulnerabilities to profit. As such, taking the necessary precautions for your business and choosing the right VAPT provider will eliminate these cybersecurity risks and will help prevent the worst-case scenario.