“Know the Main Cyber Techniques Among Assessments and Tests” (Differences and Points of Attention Between Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Test) is a multilingual 13-page white paper that examines the main differences between vulnerability assessment and penetration testing cyber techniques.
People often speak about penetration testing, but really the enquirer wants a vulnerability assessment. And conversely, many people ask for a vulnerability assessment, when what they really need is a penetration test.
Often, it’s a miscommunication problem, since many people use the two terms interchangeably, as the two look very similar from afar. However, up close it’s a very different story.
Essentially, the vulnerability assessment is an automated scan used to identify vulnerabilities, while a penetration test aims to exploit those vulnerabilities to get a deeper understanding of the holes in your defenses.