The Benefits of Executing a Vulnerability Assessment
Conducting a vulnerability assessment will allow you to uncover any vulnerabilities in your network. Fixing these issues before a more serious problem arises allows for a safer cybersecurity environment.
How Does a Vulnerability Assessment Work?
The main function of a vulnerability assessment is to discover common security weaknesses that you may have in your network, including,
Out-dated Systems and Applications: Systems and applications that are not updated to the last versions or patches.
Open Ports: Open ports on your network’s perimeter defenses and other devices allow malicious attackers to easily gain access to your system.
CVE: Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure or CVE is a database of the publicly disclosed information on security issues. Currently, there are more than 163,000 CVE records available. Being informed on CVE programs allows you to recognize new security flaws in your system to prevent possible threats.
Executing Vulnerability Assessments
Running vulnerability assessments regularly exposes all the known vulnerabilities on your network before cybercriminals have the opportunity to exploit them. These exercises are non-intrusive, non-disruptive, and can be completed in one or two days. Once the test is complete the results of the vulnerability assessment are provided for your organization. This assessment also includes security recommendations to eliminate any vulnerability found inside their network.
How Often Should I Conduct a Vulnerability Assessment?
Since technology is constantly changing, we recommend you conduct a vulnerability assessment at least once every quarter or more. Many changes occur daily that can leave your network exposed to new vulnerabilities without you even noticing. For example;
Introduction or removal of new employees or business processes.
The implementation or removal of hardware, software, or business applications.
Configuration changes are made on any element of the technological environment.
Newly discovered bugs and flaws found on software products.
Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Allows you to Defend Against Cyberthreats
According to a recent study, 60% of all reported cybersecurity breaches could have been prevented if the companies involved had conducted a vulnerability assessment and made small improvements to their cybersecurity strategies.
Here at BTI, we have more than 35 years of experience in the fields of IT, communications, and security. We have the expertise you need to take your security measures to the next level. If you would like further assistance, please contact us or schedule a free business assessment!