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What is Network Penetration Testing?

A network penetration test, or pen test, is a method of assessing a network’s security and identifying vulnerabilities in the network by the intentional use of malicious penetration techniques. In simple terms, an ethical hacker tries to hack your organization’s network, with your permission, to reveal underlying security risks to your network.

You may ask, “I have conducted a vulnerability assessment. Do I need to conduct a network penetration test, as well?”

Vulnerability assessment makes use of automated tools that only help pinpoint common security vulnerabilities. In contrast, during penetration testing, security experts act as hackers and simulate a potential cyberattack. They observe how your system will react to a cyberattack by a cybercriminal. They identify security weaknesses, and may provide remediation advice applicable to software, hardware, or even human management of the system.

Although some high-quality vulnerability assessment tools categorize security risks, assign risk levels and offer remediation suggestions, the need for pen testing can not be fulfilled by vulnerability assessment alone.

So, the answer is yes. For a complete picture of your network’s security, network penetration testing is a must.

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