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What is the difference between penetration testing and vulnerability testing?

  1. Penetration testing goes one step further than vulnerability testing; while vulnerability tests check for known vulnerabilities, penetration testing adopts the concept of `in-depth ethical hacking'
  2. Penetration testing is based on purely online vulnerability analysis while vulnerability testing engages ethical hackers to find vulnerabilities
  3. Vulnerability testing is more expensive than penetration testing
  4. Penetration testing is conducted purely for meeting compliance standards while vulnerability testing is focused on online scans

Answer(s): A

What is a difference between host-based intrusion detection systems (HIDS) and network-based intrusion detection systems (NIDS)?

  1. NIDS are usually a more expensive solution to implement compared to HIDS.
  2. Attempts to install Trojans or backdoors cannot be monitored by a HIDS whereas NIDS can monitor and stop such intrusion events.
  3. NIDS are standalone hardware appliances that include network intrusion detection capabilities whereas HIDS consist of software agents installed on individual computers within the system.
  4. HIDS requires less administration and training compared to NIDS.

Answer(s): C

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