Comparison of IT vulnerability analysis and IT penetration test

Vulerability analysis and penetration test - a sustainable security concept for industry 4.0

Technical security analyses and penetration tests are integral components of an efficient IT security strategy. Weak points of the IT networks and systems have to be detected before cyber criminals get a chance to use or abuse possible security gaps.   Vulnerability analysis and penetration tests are often mentioned in the same context, although they differ in important aspects.

Central aspects of vulnerability analysis and penetration tests

IT vulnerability analysis

Penetration test

Vulnerability scan

So-called scans of weak points - or vulnerability scans - are software-based and fully automated applications used for a system or network check with regard to security gaps which are already known. Security analysts do also use software tools, but the tools alone are not sufficient for a comprehensive security check. A profound security check requires the experience of a security analyst.