Security in today’s technology world is an absolute requirement. Most companies understand this core concept and have basic steps in place to provide some level of protection from digital threats. However, when your IT administrator is in the process of securing your network, there are countless things that need to be done properly. From configuration issues to patch implementations, when you are managing a business’ whole technical infrastructure, it gets complicated. This is a great example of why business owners need vulnerability scanning services for their company.
Vulnerability scanning services and solutions provide several benefits, which we will go over in this blog post, that help business owners thoroughly understand their security posture.
Gain Insight Into your Network and Assets
Vulnerability Assessments must start with an Asset Discovery phase. This provides you with a holistic view of your entire network. This information can help you to understand which assets are externally facing and how they are connected to the overall network.
Most vulnerability assessments will also provide insight into any rogue devices that are connecting to your network. These devices, such as mobile devices, USBs, or external hard drives can act as a vulnerability within your network if they are not controlled by the same security protocols as other devices within the system. This is why monitoring for these devices is critical to assuring your security posture.
Receive Contextual Information that can be Invaluable during Security Incident Responses
As we have mentioned before, the key to Security Incident Management is how quickly the issue can be resolved once it is discovered. In the event of a security incident, having insight from your last vulnerability scan will speed up the process in issue resolution.
Discover OS Misconfigurations and Device Gaps
As we mentioned in the opening paragraph, there are many items that can easily become unmaintained when trying to keep control of an entire network. Common issues that we find during these scans are:
- Unused user accounts
- Missing or improperly configured patches and updates
- Unnecessary open ports
- Security of other devices connected to the network, such as printers, fax machines, scanners, etc.
At this point, if your company stays on top of patches and updates, you may be thinking that these issues don’t help you understand why business owners need vulnerability scanning. Well, it is important to understand that each of the issues above can jeopardize a network’s security event if it is fully patched.
Regulatory Compliance Requirement
For organization’s who are subjected to government-controlled regulatory compliance audits, vulnerability scanning is not an option. Several regulatory compliance standards such as HIPAA, SOX, PCI DSS, and GLBA require that organizations verify that the information contained within their systems are secure.
Act on Vulnerabilities BEFORE They Become Threats
Patch management and antivirus protection are the obvious first step to take when securing your network. However, conducting a vulnerability assessment would be a logical next step. When a vulnerability assessment is conducted, results and findings are placed into a report. This helps you to be able to prioritize and understand the vulnerabilities and provide a logical order in which they should be remediated.
Hopefully, this blog post has provided insight into why business owners need vulnerability scanning. If you would like to talk to our security experts about how to begin a vulnerability assessment of your network, contact us here.