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By Kimberly Connella   |   October 11, 2021   |   0 Comments

Vulnerability Scanning

How does your organization stay up to date on the latest security threats?

The simple answer should be vulnerability scanning.

Cyber threats are constantly mutating to bypass and exploit your security defenses.

How can you protect your business from threats that aren’t on your radar yet, especially while trying to run your business?

A critical security defense to prepare for such threats is vulnerability scanning: a scan of your network for vulnerabilities based on the latest research and available information, so you don’t have to keep pace with the rapid nature of evolving cyber threats.

Vulnerability scanning is a security technique that identifies potential points of exploit on a device or network. It is a computer program designed to inspect and assess the weaknesses of an organization’s system. It helps organizations to identify, assess, and quantify their network risks.

Unfortunately, hackers also can remotely access and run vulnerability scans on an organization. As a result,  internal vulnerability scanning is an incredibly effective security measure that allows businesses to manage their weaknesses before potential hackers can take advantage of them

By running scans on a consistent basis, you can protect your organization from threats both known and unknown. As a result, it is a relatively affordable security mechanism that keeps your whole team up to date on the latest security threats.

Vulnerability Scanning Research:

Research from Positive Technologies reported the following:

There were high-risk vulnerabilities at 84 percent of companies across finance, manufacturing, IT, retail, government, telecoms, and advertising.

Performing vulnerability scanning on a regular basis allows your team to identify, manage, and control vulnerabilities before a cyber criminal has a chance to exploit them.

If you aren’t aware of your vulnerabilities, you can’t anticipate defenses and response plans. If you can’t form response plans, then your company is unlikely to weather the fallout of a cyber security incident.

Being unaware of your weak points leaves your company blind and vulnerable, while scanning increases your visibility.

aNetwork’s can provide the following:

  • Vulnerability scan of your network
  • Increased visibility to your weakest points
  • Recommendations and feedback based on scan results
  • Help with vulnerability mitigation and security implementation
  • A comprehensive report detailing your vulnerabilities and our recommendations

Let us help you identify your weakest points and show you how to strengthen them.

Sign up for a Vulnerability Scan.

How Does Vulnerability Scanning Work?

Firstly, a vulnerability scan works by taking an inventory of all the components of an organization’s network. For example, a comprehensive vulnerability scan will scan all components of a network including:

  • Servers
  • Desktops
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Office IoT devices
  • Virtual machines
  • Containers
  • Firewalls
  • Switches
  • Routers
  • Communications equipment
  • Applications

After building an inventory, the vulnerability scanner checks the components against one or more databases of known vulnerabilities. Often, these scanners detect vulnerabilities arising from misconfigurations or flawed programming. As a result, this gives your team a clear, prioritized, methodology for mitigating risk.

If you have any questions or need assistance getting started with vulnerability scans, then please feel free to contact us.  As always, we’re happy to assist in any stage of your risk mitigation process.

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Category: Cyber Security