Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are actually quite different.
Penetration Testing is the process of testing a system or network for weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The goal of Penetration Testing is to identify and evaluate the security risks and potential threats of the system or network. It is an approved and authorized simulated attack on the system or network to identify security flaws and potential intrusions.
Ethical Hacking is the practice of using legal and approved methods to test a system or network for vulnerabilities, and then using the information gathered to assess and improve the security of the system or network. It is a form of “white hat” hacking, which is done with the permission of the owner of the system or network. Ethical Hacking is used to identifying security vulnerabilities that may be used to gain unauthorized access to the system or network, and then provide appropriate countermeasures to protect it.