Vulnerability Assessments

Vulnerability assessments are often confused with penetration testing, but it’s important for businesses to do both. Vulnerability assessments help a business identify threats in their computing infrastructure. These assessments also mitigate processes for reducing or eliminating any weaknesses discovered.

Performing vulnerability assessments is a proactive step to securing systems before there is an incident. A more secure system allows a business to save money and run more efficiently. In a world where more businesses are online than ever before, it’s not a matter of if a business might be targeted by hackers, but when. Taking a proactive approach helps thwart the inevitable attempts.

Elements of an Assessment

Some vulnerability assessments are simple scans that check for poor passwords, outdated apps, misconfigurations and other common vulnerabilities. These are more automated and catch numerous potential issues.

However, more in-depth vulnerability assessments look at all elements of your IT infrastructure to determine risks and which risks could bring your business to a grinding halt. These assessments include:

  • Look at all business processes and which are most critical to the business

     

  • Look for vulnerabilities in every app required by those processes
  • Check every possible data source, including mobile devices and cloud services (mainly check for encryption and correct security settings)
  • Look at all hardware throughout a business’s IT infrastructure, such as servers (including virtual)

  • Identify all security controls and processes currently in place and check for vulnerabilities

Reducing Risk

It’s only by doing vulnerability assessments that businesses are able to consistently reduce their security risks. With many layers in a business’s IT infrastructure, it’s vital to uncover weaknesses at each level and work to reduce or eliminate the risk. From simple app updates to re-configuring security protocols in a virtual server, businesses have numerous ways to reduce their risks.

Does your business perform vulnerability assessments? If not, contact ISOutsource today and we’ll be happy to help you uncover any vulnerabilities and suggest ways to reduce your risks.