Your boss corners you at the coffee pot and says, "Did you see the news? Our competition got hacked into and company secrets were stolen. I want you to test our networks and report back to me on how safe they are." Because of the pressure of regulatory compliance and increasing activity by cyber-criminals, many organizations are turning to penetration testing.
Penetration testing goes beyond a vulnerability assessment by exploiting vulnerabilities to learn how an a bad actor may get access to key systems and confidential files.