Vulnerability scanning is the process of scanning a network or system to identify any existing security vulnerabilities.
It is a proactive measure used to detect any weaknesses that an attacker may exploit to gain unauthorised access to a system or network.
Vulnerability scanning can be either manual or automated, and can involve scanning for known vulnerabilities, analysing the configuration of a system or network, or using an automated tool to detect any possible vulnerabilities.
Why are vulnerability scans important?
Vulnerabilities are widespread across organisations of all sizes. New ones are discovered constantly or can be introduced due to system changes.
Criminal hackers use automated tools to identify and exploit known vulnerabilities and access unsecured systems, networks or data.
Exploiting vulnerabilities with automated tools is simple: attacks are cheap, easy to run and indiscriminate, so every Internet-facing organisation is at risk.
All it takes is one vulnerability for an attacker to access your network.
This is why applying patches to fix these security vulnerabilities is essential. Updating your software, firmware and operating systems to the newest versions will help protect your organisation from potential vulnerabilities.
Worse, most intrusions are not discovered until it is too late. According to the global median, dwell time between the start of a cyber intrusion and its identification is 24 days.
How can devante help?
Vulnerability assesments can take form in several outfits, we can provide services such as phishing simulations & dark web scans.
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