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Vulnerability Scanning vs. Pen-Testing
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
How does a Penetration test Differ from a Vulnerability Scan? The difference between penetration testing and vulnerability scanning, as required by PCI DSS security standards, still causes confusion within the payments industry. Here’s a look at the differences.
Vulnerability Scanning: Fully automated process that identifies potential security gaps used by hackers to attack systems.
Penetration Testing (Pen-Testing): In-depth, manual tests performed by IT security professionals using the same techniques that hackers use. Pen-Testing mimics real-world system attacks and is an advanced security testing technique that must be conducted annually and after any major changes to the computing environment.
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