Why is a penetration test considered to be more thorough than vulnerability scan?

Last Updated on August 7, 2021 by Admin 1

Why is a penetration test considered to be more thorough than vulnerability scan?

  • Vulnerability scans only do host discovery and port scanning by default.
  • A penetration test actively exploits vulnerabilities in the targeted infrastructure, while a vulnerability scan does not typically involve active exploitation.
  • It is not – a penetration test is often performed by an automated tool, while a vulnerability scan requires active engagement.
  • The tools used by penetration testers tend to have much more comprehensive vulnerability databases.

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