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How Is Penetration Testing Different From Ethical Hacking?

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What is penetration testing?

Penetration testing is the formal process of assessing the maturity and power of the safety systems in place. Regular penetration testing helps businesses to find emerging security threats and vulnerabilities, gain critical insights into the exploitability of security vulnerabilities, and assess the security problems facing them.

By mimicking real-life attack cases under safe conditions, web application penetration testing, and other types of pen-testing are helpful, not dangerous processes. Pen-testing empowers businesses to get the first-mover advantage in terms of safety.

Conducted by trustworthy and certified safety experts, pen-testing is a very planned process. It is done after obtaining all necessary permissions from the business and without interrupting the common flow of work.

What is ethical hacking?

Ethical hacking is a wide, umbrella term that includes all hacking and cyberattack methodologies and . These are longer-term assessments conducted by the ethical hacker with the necessary permissions to explore the IT architecture more broadly. Ethical hacking helps unearth safety vulnerabilities and flaws by intruding the system using a wide range of attack vectors and attack kinds. The professionals conducting ethical hacking must be differentiated from black-hat hackers who have malicious plans. Ethical hackers, with their understanding of the system, will not just locate weaknesses, but also research and suggest security-related methodologies to implement.

What is the difference between ethical hacking and penetration testing?

  • Purpose
    Penetration testing seeks to find security weaknesses in the targeted system. It is usually not conducted on the entire infrastructure. It seeks to tell the company how its security systems respond to real-time attacks and suggest measures to strengthen the same. Ethical hacking seeks to find as many security flaws as possible in the Information technology environment using wide-ranging plans and attack vectors. It seeks to give a holistic evaluation of cybersecurity. More problem solvers and risk mitigation assistance are provided by ethical hackers in comparison to penetration testers who submit a report with suggestions on the finishing of the testing.
  • Scope
    Given that budgetary penetration testing is often used on specific parts of the IT system defined for testing, not the complete environment. The assessment provided by penetration testing is targeted and point-in-time. As a result, safety flaws and weaknesses are identified only in the aimed systems at a given point in time. Ethical hacking has a wider scope and assesses the IT environment holistically over longer periods of a clock. So, there is scope to find as many safety flaws and weaknesses as possible in the environment. Penetration testing is a function of ethical hacking.
  • Permissions Required
    Since web application penetration testing and other types of pen-testing are aimed, the testers require access and permissions only for those targeted areas they are testing. While in ethical hacking, the tester needs access and permissions to a whole range of systems and locations, based on the defined scope.

Who Conducts penetration testing and ethical hacking?

This is one of the important points of difference between penetration testing and ethical hacking.

  • Penetration testing can be done by someone with knowledge and expertise in the specific side of testing. Ethical hackers must have knowledge of software, programming plans and hardware to be effective.
  • Knowledge of hack methodologies in the aimed areas is adequate for penetration testers while ethical hackers must have a wider knowledge of attack methodologies and attack vectors.
  • While informatics reporting is necessary for penetration testing, ethical hackers must be experts in report writing and be able to produce in-depth reports with recommended solutions.
  • Ethical hackers must be clarified. Even though it is recommended to have certification, it is not that important for penetration testers if they have enough experience.
  • It is trusted that the perfect penetration testers have ethical hacking knowledge as it better equips them to conduct effective tests and produce detailed reports and actionable insights.

Ethical hacking or Penetration testing which is the best?

Overall, Penetration Testing can be argued to be a subset of ethical hacking. Ethical hacking in its edge point can be a process to hack the system just like a hacker will do, but with complete permission from the business and stakeholders to do so.

A Penetration testing focus is on identifying problems. An ethical hacking aim is not just on identifying risk but to show and demonstrate exploitation.

Not all organizations can set up systems where exploitation can be done and hence a Penetration testing and getting a view and an understanding of the exploitable risks without the destruction carried out is an effective way to get visibility and fix them.

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enter image description here Author - Johnson Augustine
Ethical Hacker and Data Security Researcher
Founder: Airo Global Software Inc
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