Network penetration testing can be considered as the foundation stone of network security services, using ethical hacking or a hacker style approach to comprehensively test the security levels of the network infrastructure of an entire organization.
The main objective of network penetration testing is to identify the security loopholes and vulnerabilities using a wide set of techniques and methods, understanding their impact through trials, and resolving them before testing the network infrastructure of an organization for further issues.
Network penetration testing also offers the business to properly analyze their network devices and integrated applications by conducting detailed penetration testing with the help of network security professionals.
Since the first step of every network penetration testing process is to identify vulnerabilities, it is very similar to conducting vulnerability assessments. However, in contrast to vulnerability assessments, penetration testing involves legally exploiting the network to discover the existence of security issues and loopholes before resolving them. While vulnerability assessments only evaluate existing threats by running through network systems and security.