Did You Know I.T. Matters Does Vulnerability Scanning for Houston Businesses?
To ensure there are no holes or weaknesses in your network, Houston businesses need to conduct vulnerability scanning to check for vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.
As cybercriminals continue to increase their efforts to breach systems, it is important for organizations of all sizes to make sure their sensitive data stored on their network is as secure as possible.
To ensure there are no holes or weaknesses in your network, Houston businesses need to conduct vulnerability scanning to check for vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. Vulnerability scanning is the first step businesses need to make to strengthen their cybersecurity posture.
What is Vulnerability Scanning?
Vulnerability scanning is the process of proactively identifying network, application, and security vulnerabilities. These scans are usually performed by the IT department or an IT services provider. Vulnerability scans are also performed by hackers who try to find entry points into your network.
Usually accompanied by penetration tests, vulnerability scanning detects and classifies system weaknesses on computers, networks, and communications equipment in search of security loopholes.
A vulnerability scan is automated and only identifies vulnerabilities, whereas a penetration test is run by a live person who digs deeper to identify the root cause of the vulnerability. They work together to improve network security.
These scans can be configured to identify password breaches as well as suspicious applications and services. Furthermore, the scanning service reports what needs to be fixed, what’s missing, and identifies coding flaws and malware, and monitors remote access.
Vulnerability Scanning Types
There are two approaches to vulnerability scanning, authenticated and unauthenticated scans. It is best to conduct both types of scans to test your system from every possible angle.
- Authenticated Scans are conducted from an internal point of view. The tester logs in as a trusted network user, revealing the vulnerabilities that are accessible by a user or an intruder that has gained access as a trusted user.
- Unauthenticated Scans are conducted from an external point of view. The tester performs the scan as an intruder would, without trusted access to the network. This scan reveals the vulnerabilities that can be accessed without logging in.
Network vulnerability scans can be categorized in 5 different ways based on their use-cases:
- Non-intrusive Vulnerability Scans – This method identifies a vulnerability and generates a report on what needs to be fixed. This is used to discover the probability of a vulnerability, but no actual vulnerability exploitation occurs during this process.
- Intrusive Vulnerability Scans – This method attempts to exploit vulnerabilities after they are discovered and then an attack plan will be created.
- External Vulnerability Scans – This method targets the areas of an IT ecosystem that are exposed to the internet, such as applications, ports, websites, services, networks, and systems that are accessed by external customers or users.
- Internal Vulnerability Scans – This method searches for and identifies the vulnerabilities inside the network once a threat agent makes it through a security hole to avoid damage. This will also protect and tighten your systems and application security not exposed by external scans.
- Environmental Vulnerability Scans – This method is specific to the environment of your technology operations. These scans are specialized and can be deployed by multiple technologies, such as IoT devices, websites, cloud-based services, and mobile devices.
I.T. Matters Does Vulnerability Scanning for Houston Businesses
Vulnerability scans are the best way to check for susceptibilities in the network environment, secure IT assets, and quickly respond to eliminate upcoming threats. Your organization will gain awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the threats to your environment.
Since cybercriminals discover new and creative ways to hack businesses daily, it’s important to scan your network often. I.T. Matters has the vulnerability scanning solution for your Houston business.
I.T. Matters may offer a solution called Cyber Hawk, which is a baseline security vulnerability scanning with remediation recommendations. With Cyber Hawk, services include:
- Advanced Breach Detection
- Network Log Management
- Internal & External Security Analysis
- Intelligent Tagging of Anomalous Activity & Threats
- Find PII in Unsecured/Unauthorized Locations
- Alerts Generated with “Smart” Recommendations for Remediation
- Remediation actioned by I.T. Matters’ Cybersecurity Experts
To ensure your Houston business has no security holes in your network, and to keep you and your customer’s sensitive data safe, reach out to I.T. Matters today to get started on your cybersecurity efforts through vulnerability scanning. Call us at (281) 280-8500 or send us an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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