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Vulnerability Scanning

WHAT IS VULNERABILITY SCANNING?

 

we will deploy tools that will monitor and protect against Social Engineering threats (are your executives being impersonated on social media? Is your company domain name being spoofed so that hackers can email your employees?). We can also monitor behavioral deficiencies in your network traffic and alert you on it. Our team can advise on how to best segment your network to reduce these risks

Identifying Vulnerabilities

Vulnerability scanners are able to identify a variety of systems running on a network, such as laptops and desktops, virtual and physical servers, databases, firewalls, switches, printers, etc. Identified systems are probed for different attributes: operating system, open ports, installed software, user accounts, file system structure, system configurations, and more. This information is then used to associate known vulnerabilities to scanned systems. In order to perform this association, vulnerability scanners will use a vulnerability database that contains a list of publicly known vulnerabilities.

Evaluating Vulnerabilities

After vulnerabilities are identified, they need to be evaluated so the risks posed by them are dealt with appropriately and in accordance with an organization’s risk management strategy. Vulnerability management solutions will provide different risk ratings and scores for vulnerabilities, such as Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) scores. These scores are helpful in telling organizations which vulnerabilities they should focus on first, but the true risk posed by any given vulnerability depends on some other factors beyond these out-of-the-box risk ratings and scores.

Treating Vulnerabilities

Vulnerability management solutions provide recommended remediation techniques for vulnerabilities. Occasionally a remediation recommendation isn’t the optimal way to remediate a vulnerability; in those cases, the right remediation approach needs to be determined by an organization’s security team, system owners, and system administrators. Remediation can be as simple as applying a readily-available software patch or as complex as replacing a fleet of physical servers across an organization’s network.

Reporting vulnerabilities

Performing regular and continuous vulnerability assessments enables organizations to understand the speed and efficiency of their vulnerability management program over time. Vulnerability management solutions typically have different options for exporting and visualizing vulnerability scan data with a variety of customizable reports and dashboards. Not only does this help IT teams easily understand which remediation techniques will help them fix the most vulnerabilities with the least amount of effort, or help security teams monitor vulnerability trends over time in different parts of their network, but it also helps support organizations’ compliance and regulatory requirements.

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