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Check out the latest happenings in the world of IT from our Locknet® experts. In this issue, we highlight some topics your organization should be aware of to minimize risks. Specifically, mitigating insider threats to your security and the risks of hanging on to legacy data.
Businesses and organizations of all sizes and across all industries are vulnerable to steadily increasing security risks. Vulnerability scanning is one of those things you probably should have started yesterday. But it’s never too late to learn more about vulnerability scanning and incorporate it into your cybersecurity plan.
A vulnerability is a loophole in your security that can be exploited by a bad actor to get unauthorized access or perform an unauthorized action on a computer, website, or network. Vulnerabilities create opportunities for attack through installing malware, running code, or hacking into sensitive data.
A thorough analysis of your network’s security requires a vulnerability scan. A vulnerability scan is an automated vulnerability management process conducted on a computer or network system to find potential points of exploitation. These automated security tools examine CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures), weaknesses, misconfigurations, and flaws in an organization’s networks, systems, devices, and applications. Once the vulnerability assessment is complete, a detailed report brings to light the degrees of risk from each vulnerability and ways to mitigate a vulnerability.
Different areas of an IT environment are typically scanned to provide a complete risk assessment.
While you may have heard both terms when discussing your network security, a vulnerability scan is not the same as a penetration test. A penetration test, or pen test, is an active manual attempt to gain access to a system through an already-known vulnerability or misconfiguration. Vulnerability scanning focuses on prevention, not penetration. A vulnerability scan is typically administered more frequently than a penetration test, but they work together and are requirements for a comprehensive cybersecurity plan.
There are many reasons vulnerability scanning should be part of your cybersecurity plan.
An ongoing vulnerability management program is an essential component of your commitment to proactively identify vulnerability and security risks for your business. Through a regular regimen of vulnerability scanning, you can continually identify, organize, and address vulnerabilities that could otherwise put your network security at risk. By mitigating those risks systematically, your organization has the insight it needs to remediate, maintain regulatory compliance, and have a strong cybersecurity posture. Contact the team at Locknet Managed IT to get started.