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RE: Vulnerability Assessment vs. PenTest
From: "StyleWar" <stylewar () cox net>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 12:18:45 -0500

Point of fact that an audit must follow a rigorous program, and has a set of
documentation and traceability requirements with it that an 'assessment'
does not. They are 'approximate'  in the hands of a well disciplined
assessment team - but I would stop a hair short of calling them equal..

-

StyleWar
                     "Ancora Imparo" 

-----Original Message-----
From: Christine Kronberg [mailto:seeker () shalla de] 
Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 11:54 AM
To: Arkem Paul
Cc: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Vulnerability Assessment vs. PenTest

On Sun, 6 Aug 2006, Arkem Paul wrote:


A Vulnerability Assessment should be a comprehensive look 
from policy 
and procedures to implementation of security in the network 
and should 
include such things as patch management, virus protection, user 
education, SOE hardening, infrastructure configuration, etc.

   So basicly an assessment is equal to an audit? The 
description above
   is what I usually expect from someone doing an audit.
   A vulnerability assessment I tend to understand in terms 
of investigating
   a specific application (in far more detail than a 
penetration test).

   There are a couple of term mixed every now and again (like someone
   else just stated: funny that we professionals don't come 
up with _one_
   definition):

   Audit
   Security Scan
   Security Assessment
   Vulnerability Assessment
   Penetration Test

   Did I miss one?

   Cheers,

   Christine Kronberg.



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