What is penetration testing and auditing?

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Can someone explain what is penetration testing and auditing?
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Penetration testing: is the practice of attacking your own or your clients’ IT systems in the same way a hacker would to identify security holes

Auditing: is an independent appraisal performed by an independent expert of an activity or event 

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Here's a blog post I wrote outlining the differences and why we should not get caught up in semantics:
    https://community.rapid7.com/community/infosec/blog/2013/06/12/is-it-a-pen-test-an-audit-or-a-vulnerability-assessment
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