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Vulnerability and Penetration Testing

IT TAKES A HACKER TO CATCH A HACKER

How to Choose the Right Cyber Security Company

How to Choose the Right Cyber Security Company – Cyber Crime reached $3 trillion in 2017. In 2015 it was $500 billion. The reason for this is likely because most cyber security experts are not hackers or capable of thinking like hackers and are therefore unable to think of the many different ways in which hackers can break into your network. Most cyber security companies use one commercial vulnerability scanner to scan the inside of a network. What about the outside of the network? This is the way in which hackers are getting in. The most important thing that one should understand is that many commercial and popular vulnerability scanners that professional security companies use, are not the same vulnerability scanners that hackers use to hack into your website or network. A security company that can truly keep your networks safe will use multiple tools including the same scans used by hackers, allowing them to find the same access to your networks that hackers might find and securing them immediately.

Vulnerability Testing

 

What Is A Vulnerability Test  – A vulnerability is any mistakes or weakness in the system security procedures, design, implementation or any internal control that may result in the violation of system’s security policy or, in other words, the possibility for intruders (hackers) to get unauthorized access.  This is the process of locating and reporting vulnerabilities, which provide a way to detect and resolve security problems by ranking the vulnerabilities before someone or something can exploit them. In this process Operating systems, Application Software and Networks are scanned in order to identify the occurrence of vulnerabilities, which includes inappropriate software design, insecure authentication, etc.

Their Vulnerability Test vs. Our Vulnerability Test

Others – Almost all Vulnerability Tests are done by using software testing techniques performed to evaluate the sudden increase of risks involved in the system in order to reduce the probability of a hack.  Any cyber security expert or company, who relies on using just software to perform a Vulnerability Test could be giving their clients inaccurate information, since the results can very from software to software.

National Cyber Security Vulnerability Tests cannot rely on commercial vulnerability scanners, but the vulnerability scanners used by black hat hackers. National Cyber Security does not use only one vulnerability scanner, but five different scanners often used by black hat hackers, to make sure that when a client receives a Vulnerability Test Report that it is accurate.  Scanning an IP address or network is just one part of assessing a clients network.  The information to follow will detail all that is included in a Vulnerability Test.

Penetration Testing

What is Penetration Testing – Penetration testing is a type of security testing used to test the insecure areas of a system or application. It is essentially an authorized attack to gain access to a company’s secure data.

Who Needs A Penetration Test – Everyone! Every six seconds a personal computer is being hacked into.  If you have watched the news in the past four years, you have seen Target, Home Depot, The White House, DNC, Blue Cross and hundreds of other corporations and government agencies become victims of a computer hacker. There is no one immune to being hacked.

 

Vulnerability Test vs. Penetration Test

Vulnerability Test –  Will show where and how a client can be vulnerable to an attack.

Penetration Test – Proves that the vulnerabilities found can be exploited by an attacker.

The bottom line is that the Vulnerability Test is the “Show” and Penetration Test is the “Prove”.

 

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