Vulnerability Scanning vs. Penetration Testing

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Some people never worry about data loss or a breach because they have never experienced one themselves. Don’t let yourself lapse into a false sense of security. The Millennium Group believes in preventing these attacks before they happen to you. When it comes to vulnerability scanning vs penetration testing, we think both of them have their place in your managed network security.

Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing Are Part of a Proactive Strategy

In the IT industry, it pays to plan ahead. We put a lot of time into thinking about protecting your operating systems and data. The hackers and viruses of the world are certainly putting in the time, trying to break into your systems. Experience over the years has taught the entire industry to perform routine security testing to stay ahead of those threats. But, how do we find those potential vulnerabilities when technology is growing by leaps and bounds every day? The answer is a layered approach.

There is no magic wand or single solution when it comes to keeping your systems safe. It requires experience and dedication to remain vigilant. The various online threats won’t be taking a break anytime soon, and neither will our precautions. Professional security strategy starts with things like firewalls and threat remediation. It is not so much a question of vulnerability scanning vs penetration testing, but more of a question of how to make them work together.

From there, the experts at The Millennium Group offer managed network security to combine multiple strategies and make them all work together for the stability of your network. Penetration testing and vulnerability scanning are two different methods that are often confused with each other. In this blog, we’re going to explain their differences and how they work together.

Vulnerability Scanning

An assessment like this is a type of automated process. We install testing applications that will run on their own to search your systems and network access points for signs of intrusion or exploitable vulnerabilities. We are then alerted to any signs of weakness or issues. All of those cases are assessed and graded for us to resolve on your behalf. All of this happens in the background of your day-to-day operations to not disrupt your work.

Penetration Testing

Penetration tests are a more active approach to securing your systems. We conduct a form of ethical hacking by simulating an attack on your systems to see how they react in the real world to an intrusion. This is one of the few ways to put our security precautions through their paces without adding any real risk to your systems. These network penetration tests tell us where to add more strength and what the fallout from a data breach might look like for you.

Want to learn more about our managed network security? Reach out to us today to see how we bring it all together.

A Data Loss Doesn’t Have to Mean It’s Gone

As an IT professional, when you are plotting security safeguards, it would be irresponsible to not plan for when those safeguards fail or are beaten by newer techniques. We work each day to advance our knowledge and methods in protecting your systems. Part of being proactive is putting in a net to catch yourself when you fall. We incorporate data backup and disaster recovery into our overall strategy to be another layer of protection.

Part of this also comes from our threat remediation while learning from every encounter with better and better strategies every time. Disaster recovery is there to give you peace of mind that your data and information is always going to be backed up and safe from others gaining access. We put thought into when your data is backed up to ensure threats do not gain access to backups, and they still retain your most current data.

Don’t let your business fall behind the rate of technological advancements. Stay up to date with routine penetration testing.

You Can Rely on Our Security Professionals

Part of the promise we make to every client at The Millennium Group is that we are here to make your job easier. Our IT solutions have been designed so that you can focus on running your business and leave protecting your network to us. For a single monthly fee, you can have our entire managed IT services on your side and defending your systems with strategies like vulnerability assessments and penetration testing. To learn more about our security precautions, reach out to The Millennium Group today.