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Don’t give hackers easy access to your systems. Significantly reduce the likelihood of IT invasion when you call on The Millennium Group. We perform rigorous testing to aid in better protection of your system’s infrastructure.

Understanding the Objectives of Vulnerability Testing vs Penetration Testing

The results of system assessments inform us of weaknesses in your IT operations. It’s wise to err on the side of caution. Don’t assume that since your operations are innovative, your web applications are secure and your business’s software and sensitive information aren’t in danger. A security breach is less likely to leave your company in a crisis if you take proactive measures, and tests are performed beforehand. Such forward-thinking is the perfect way to safeguard your company’s IT and pinpoint vulnerabilities before you’re hit by malware, ransomware, and hackers—save yourself from the inconvenience.  

Implementing system testing is a great choice but understanding the different methods of each assessment eliminates confusion. Oftentimes, vulnerability testing and penetration testing, also known as pen testing, are used interchangeably. But in terms of security, they take two different approaches to eliminate the same issues. Knowing the difference between the two is key to smooth, stress-free proceedings. 

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Vulnerability Analysis

To assess computers, systems, and networks for weakness in security, some businesses opt for vulnerability testing. This analysis searches your IT for over 50,000 potentialities for attack or intrusion. A vulnerability assessment is conducted manually or by automated IT scans that run on a consistent schedule. System scanning lasts anywhere from several minutes to several hours—the timeframe depends on the findings and complexities of the results.

Once the assessment reveals what has the potential of exploitation or corruption, business owners must identify any false positives, keep a record of the detailed report of the scan, and return a copy to their IT service provider. It’s also the responsibility of business owners to take next steps and invest in services to rectify the vulnerabilities.

To ensure the scan is done properly and the most important vulnerabilities are detected, vulnerability assessments must only be conducted by a peripheral component interconnect or PCI approved scanning vendor (ASV). Depending on the ASV, vulnerability assessments are relatively affordable, at approximately $100 annually, per IP. 

Penetration Testing

Pen testing evaluates how easily hackers can invade your company’s system. By using hands-on research of the exploitation of vulnerabilities, analysts or ethical hackers use pen testing to stimulate real hackers attempting to invade your IT system. In other words, ethical hackers search for vulnerabilities within your IT and prove how they can be exploited. Using methods like password cracking, buffer overflow, and SQL injection, ethical hackers attempt to compromise data without damaging your network.

Pen testing takes an extremely detailed approach that has been proven effective for finding and rectifying vulnerabilities in software and infrastructures. The high level of detail during pen testing has many security requirements as well, including PCI, HIPAA, and DSS, to name a few. For this reason, pen testing is more expensive than a vulnerability analysis. On average, business owners invest between $15,000 and $70,000, depending on the number of IPs tested and the size of the web applications. 

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The Importance of Dependable IT Security

Managed IT services include checking for network security vulnerabilities or strategic, professional pen testing. These procedures reduce the risk of data breaches and attacks on IT systems. Unauthorized access leads to financial turmoil and potential damage to company reputation.

However, ongoing IT services and assessments keep downtime at a minimum and serve as a vigilant eye on your sensitive and confidential software, information, and network infrastructure. Prevent IT inconveniences, such as slow data retrieval and disruption of services, which shut down your computer or network, making it inaccessible to authorized users. 

The Millennium Group Is a Full-Service IT Enhancement Agency

Your system’s unique and sophisticated infrastructure is still vulnerable to cyber attacks. Proper security posture positions your organization to effectively shield against system corruption. When you enlist the stellar services of The Millennium group, we perform the most suitable services for your company and contribute to your long-term goals. Our certified managed IT services provide you with the security and peace of mind you deserve. Call us today to schedule an onsite assessment. 

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