Vulnerability Assessment and Automated Security Scanning
Vulnerability assessment is a process carried out on an enterprises’ system infrastructure based on the knowledge available about it. The main aim of vulnerability assessment is to identify any security threats which might be present in a system and the consequences each threat has towards security.
The reports obtained from vulnerability assessments are then used to apply appropriate security measures. Currently, the type of software used in most organizations is composed of multiple components, which means that if a flaw emerges, it doesn’t affect an entire infrastructure.
However security flaws can have severe consequences for an organization, so they should be properly assessed and the appropriate remedies implemented.
The Benefits Of Vulnerability Assessments And Automated Security Scanning Include:
1. Helps In Gaining More Knowledge On System Infrastructure
Vulnerability assessments and security scans are crucial in every organization’s applications and system infrastructure. They help organizations realize the benefits and disadvantages of their applications and system infrastructure.
You might think that you know your applications and system infrastructure well, but after carrying out an automated security scan, you realize that there are multiple flaws you didn’t know existed.
2. Threats Can Be Identified, Quantified And Prioritized Depending On Their Magnitude
Running a vulnerability assessment manually takes valuable time and leaves the system in a vulnerable state. When dealing with security threats in your system or applications, automated security tools are the most effective for carrying out vulnerability assessments.
Apart from helping organization’s to identify security flaws, vulnerability assessment reports, also assist in prioritizing threats depending on the potential impact.
3. Saves Time Since The Process Is Automatic
Gone are the days when enterprises would dread conducting vulnerability tests since they would take hours to complete. Nowadays, it’s much easier to manage security policies due to the invention of automatic security scans. You just need to set the date and time, and the system will carry out an automatic security scan by itself.
4. Threats Can Be Resolved Immediately
When a vulnerability in systems or application is exposed, chances of users taking advantage of this vulnerability are high. Therefore, it’s paramount to have the ability to determine whether your applications and system infrastructure are secure so that you can prevent any impending attack.
Most automated vulnerability tests only take a few seconds, which allows you react promptly to any security breach.
5. Minimizes Outage Periods
A majority of system administrators schedule outages when upgrading and updating their systems. However, scheduled maintenance tasks tend to take longer if any security flaws that hadn’t been identified emerge at that time. This prolonged outage inconveniences customers, and they might end up taking their business elsewhere.