Difference between NVT & IDS

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I assume this is a real easy "no-brainer".
I don't like making too many assumptions or glossing over what may be important, so I be wary of over-simplifying this. As I answer on my own in next comment.
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IDS - Intrusion Detection System = Watching passively
NVT - Network Vulnerability Testing = Participating actively.

My simplification based on anticipation of additional traffic or load, where one of them does not, and the other one must.

Too simple?
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an IDS (Intrusion Detection System) is a independent security system that can actively and/or passively monitor/take action against 'hackers' and create extremely detailed logs on how an 'hacker' attempted or successfully breached security.

NVT (Network Vulnerability Test) is basically a security audit of a selected network or specific host.

so basically the difference between the two is:
an IDS does its own thing and is mainly used for defense, whereas NVT is a method of discovering vulnerabilities in networks and must be done manually.

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      (catching up on closure for older threads..)
What can I say? After about a month, you appear to be winner by default. But not undeservedly.

Thank you.

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