Difference between penetration testing and Ethical hacking

Penetration Testing Ethical Hacking
Deals with the process of finding vulnerabilities in a target environment. Encompasses all hacking techniques and attacks to find security flaws.
One goal. Many goals.
Target is a single system. Target is entire network.
A tester not necessarily required to be a good report writer. An ethical hacker essentially needs to be an expert on report writing.
Any tester with some inputs of penetration testing can perform pen test. It requires to be an expert professional in the subject, who has the obligatory certification of ethical hacking to be effective.
Paper work in less compared to Ethical hacking.


A detailed paper works are required, including legal agreement etc.


To perform this type of testing, less time required. Ethical hacking involves lot of time and effort compared to Penetration testing.

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