From antivirus software to firewalls and VPNs, you’ve done your best to ensure your company has incredible network security.
But no matter how many security measures you put in place, there are still vulnerabilities in your network. One of the best ways to stay ahead of online threats is by regularly completing vulnerability assessments.
What is a vulnerability assessment?
A vulnerability assessment is a form of online risk management. Essentially, you run a network scan in order to identify any potential weak points in your network. Most vulnerability assessments will then rank the vulnerabilities according to the level of risk they pose. From that information you can make a plan for remediating and mitigating potential threats before your system is compromised.
Why complete vulnerability testing?
Online threats and information security are a concern for all businesses today. So why wouldn’t you want to help improve your online security any way you could?
Vulnerability testing will find the gaps in your current security systems – hopefully before hackers do. This gives you an edge in protecting your business online. Some of the benefits of performing regular vulnerability assessments include:
- Identifying security risks before they become a liability
- Determining what devices face the most risk
- Determining the level of risk your business faces
- Creating an inventory of risks on every device
- Establishing where you need to focus your cyber security efforts
Vulnerability testing can be an excellent way for you to assess and improve your business’ security online. But a vulnerability test is only an assessment, not a solution. You will most likely need to take action after your assessment to improve your business’ cyber security and put protections in place.
What to do after your assessment
After your assessment, you can begin creating a vulnerability management plan for your business. Some of the basic steps to take following your vulnerability assessment include:
- Looking at and ranking all the threats identified in your assessment according to the level of threat.
- Deciding which vulnerabilities pose the greatest threat to your business. You can determine this by considering: which systems are affected; what data is at risk; what business functions are at risk; the ease of attack; and the potential damage.
- Allocating your resources to fix the areas of greatest concern first.
- Repairing the weakness so it’s no longer a concern.
- Introducing new programs or changing current programs and practices to further prevent future vulnerabilities.
- Having your business reassessed in the future.
When you’re creating your own vulnerability management process, remember that discovering vulnerabilities doesn’t mean you’ve solved the problem. A truly effective vulnerability management system goes beyond simply running scans on your system; it includes implementing steps to strengthen vulnerabilities.
When you begin looking at different vulnerability management tools there are a couple things to consider:
- There are different types of assessments that focus on identifying vulnerabilities in different areas of your network. For example, vulnerability scans that focus on your host system, your network, or your database. When you’re choosing an assessment, make sure it’s the right one for your business.
- They don’t actually test; they only assess. Vulnerability assessments don’t truly test the strength of your system. They’re simply there to identify and shed light on potential weaknesses. If you’re interested in assessing the identified weaknesses, you may be interested in penetration testing. In a penetration test, a trusted IT professional will actually attempt to hack your system. This will let you know how vulnerable your critical assets are to a hacker.
Do you want to stay on top of your network’s online security? Or are you interested in learning more about the benefits of vulnerability assessments? At Alt Tech, we have vulnerability solutions that will help you understand the threats your company faces. Contact Alt-Tech today to begin employing our vulnerability management solutions and get better protection for your business systems in place today.