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What is the difference between vulnerability assessment and penetration testing in CyberSecurity?

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  • The terms Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing are both different, but serve an essential function of protecting network environment.
  • Vulnerability Assessment: It’s a process to define, detect, and prioritize the vulnerabilities in computer systems, network infrastructure, applications, etc., and gives the organization with the required information to fix the flaws. 
  • Penetration Testing: It is also called as pen testing or ethical hacking. It’s a process of testing a network, system, application, identify vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit. In the context of web application security, it is most widely used to augment a web application firewall (WAF).

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