What is Vulnerability Assessment?

“Vulnerability Assessment is a significant segment of Vulnerability Management and Risk Management life cycles that guards data systems against breaches and unauthorized access.”

With an upsurge in web crime, information systems today are unknowingly exposed to a lot of risks that are even way beyond our thinking. As most of the data is now concentrated into an electronic form and many internal procedures are made opaque via automation these e-systems become vulnerable to misuse, fraud, errors, destructions, and failure.
In such a scenario, the IT systems need Vulnerability Testing to identify the risks and threats that the malicious attacks can possibly pose.

Vulnerability Assessment

Is an automatic assessment that is executed systematically to determine the vulnerabilities within an organization’s information systems and review the levels of its security weaknesses.

This performance check renders susceptible perils that the system may face, assigns security levels to the vulnerabilities, and recommends remediation wherever and whenever needed.

“Vulnerability Assessment can help you prevent threats like XSS, faulty authentication mechanisms, injection attacks, insecure defaults, etc.”

The evaluation of the potential risks is performed with the help of robust industry-standard scanning tools that scan and inform about any existing vulnerabilities that need to be dealt with immediately to alleviate the chances of unrecognizable data loss.

Why do Organizations need a Vulnerability Assessment?

With the constant insertion of new software and systems in the IT world, it’s impossible to get rid of vulnerabilities in the entire organizational network. Attackers in one way or the other are always finding ways to hop on your defense obstacles to take control.

Thus, it becomes crucial to mitigate the posed threats by running a vulnerability test which outputs the vulnerabilities that can further be exploited, prioritized, and palliated. 

Enterprise Security in One Platform (ESOF) is one such robust risk-based vulnerability management platform that provides actionable information on all identified threats and allows risk managers to effectively prioritize fixes against the weaknesses of an organization’s web networks, hardware, software, and applications.

Benefits to Reap:

  1. Early detection of threats within the IT security systems
  2. Shielding of data against misuse, alterations, breaches, and unauthorized access
  3. Provision of remediation actions to protect sensitive and critical information
  4. Adherence to cybersecurity compliance like HIPAA and PCI DSS

Types of Vulnerability Assessments

1. Network and Wireless Assessment

This is the evaluation of policies and practices that aids to prevent unauthorized access to private/public networks.

2. Hot Assessment

It’s the kind of assessment that identifies vulnerabilities of attack in critical servers that are earlier not generated or tested via machines.

3. Application Scans

Such an evaluation involves automated scanning of web application’s front end or static/dynamic analysis of source codes that identify security vulnerabilities if any. 

DAST (Dynamic Application Security Test) finds out the security flaws when the IT system is fed with fault information and conditions to check for vulnerable risks posed to running web applications in real-time.

SAST (Static Application Security Test) is a deep scan or analysis of the application’s source code without running any program to identify vulnerabilities.

4. Database Assessment

This assessment of databases or big data systems determines insecure dev/test environments and rogue databases, checks misconfigurations or vulnerabilities, and classifies sensitive organizational data across the entire infrastructure.

Take the Necessary Steps to Improve your Security Posture!

Whether your company uses third-party software and applications or builds them in-house, you can’t afford to keep even a few vulnerabilities within the entire web network(s) and infrastructure. 

Our Enterprise Security in One Framework platforms (ESOF AppSec & ESOF VMP) apply an attacker-based analytical approach while it determines the real risks of a large number of vulnerabilities, escalating across your network.

Allow us to keep track of all your IT devices and detect potential threats in real-time to keep you abreast and competitive across the industry. Get in touch with our team who leverage vulnerability management by ensuring that accurate steps are taken to mitigate warnings.

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