Penetration Tests are different from vulnerability assessment services, in that they simulate an actual attack on a computer system or network as it would have been from an external or internal threat. By this method we are able to evaluate the computer or network's security levels based on the defined objective of the test. Thus a vulnerability penetration test can help determine whether a system is vulnerable to attack, if the defences were sufficient and which defences (if any) were defeated in the penetration test.
Why VA-PT is required?
As new technologies emerge and change the IT scenarios, newer audit security challenges are given to be faced by corporates. Thus the business that do transaction over the internet are at high risk, though other companies are also at risk when being exposed to external networks. Thus many unforeseen traps with multiple vulnerabilities and numerous threats do manifest themselves in the least expected time and at the least expected place. Thus in order to take-up such challenges and address then, a robust system with appropriate security policies, adequate controls, periodic review and monitoring are to be in place to protect the organisation's information assets. Hence it is highly recommended to carry out an indepth Network Assessment comprising of VA-PT audits in a periodic manner to ensure software compliance to controls established and the policies set in the organisation and further to evaluate whether they are adequate to address all the threats.
What Do We Gain by VA-PT?
In-depth testing of IT infrastructure leads to understanding of the effectiveness of security systems in place
Testing the ability of network defenders to successfully detect and respond to the attacks
Enables planned investment to secure the IT setup resulting in better ROI
Helps to identify the security gaps and secure them
Focus and prioritise high-risk and threats rather than false encounters
Optional Software Assessment to understand the vulnerabilities within
Process and policy in place helps to run regular and periodic tests
Assessing the magnitude of potential business and operational impacts of successful attacks