Vulnerability Scanning

Def. Vulnerability scanning is an inspection of the potential points of exploitation on a network to identify security holes. A vulnerability scan detects and classifies system weaknesses in computers, networks and communications equipment and predicts the effectiveness of countermeasures. Vulnerability scanning your computer network is a vital part of your obligatory organizational security and IT risk management approach for several reasons:

  • Vulnerability scanning lets you take a proactive approach to close any gaps and maintain strong security for your systems, data, employees, and customers. Data breaches are often the result of unpatched vulnerabilities. Identifying and eliminating security gaps lowers your risk
  • Cybersecurity compliance and regulations demand secure systems. NIST, PCI DSS, CMMC, and HIPAA all emphasize vulnerability scanning to protect sensitive data
  • Cyber criminals have access to vulnerability scanning tools. It is vital to carry out scans and take restorative actions before hackers can exploit any security vulnerabilities

Step 2: Penetration Testing